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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
V6 versions are impressively strong in all situations
languid response time in quick maneuvers
Car and Driver
“adequate power” with four-cylinder
Reviewers hail the 2008 Toyota Camry sedan as a competent, quick sedan—and give kudos to its new sport model.
The 2008 Toyota Camry offers both a 158-hp four-cylinder engine and a 3.5-liter V-6 model that has 268 hp. Edmunds notes that the V-6 “is available on all trims except the base model.”
Automedia feels the “upgraded 4-cylinder provides adequate power with good fuel economy” in the Toyota; 2008’s Camry has a V-6 engine that made reviewers across the Web sit up and notice. ConsumerGuide says, "in our tests a XLE V6 did 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds…the Camry does offer some zip in its V6 models.” Motor Trend calls the V-6 “burly,” and notes the 2008 Toyota Camry SE with the V-6 “should be capable of reaching 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, a feat that'll make many moms and dads after-school superheroes.”
Edmunds outlines the transmission choices in the Camry: with the four-cylinder Toyota, 2008’s Camry offers “a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic, while the V6 sends its power through a standard six-speed automatic.” The automatic was a favorite at Motor Trend: “The new six-speed auto sets a fine example for shifting with speed and seamlessness,” they write.
Cars.com reports gas mileage is strong in the Toyota; 2008’s Camry has estimated fuel economy ratings of “21/31 mpg city/highway for the four-cylinder with manual or automatic, [and] 19/28 for the V-6."
Handling has never been a strong suit of the Toyota Camry; 2008’s version is somewhat striking in that it offers an SE version that “truly delivers on its sporty promise,” Motor Trend says. Other versions get lower marks. ConsumerGuide notes that "most models--SE excepted--are spoiled by marked cornering lean from their comfort-biased suspensions," and Car and Driver agrees: “The Camry’s chassis engineers prioritized creamy ride quality above all, and as a consequence it’s hard for us to perceive anything sporty about this car.” Cars.com thinks the “SE still rides more comfortably than the Honda Accord,” while other versions are even more “compliant.” Automobile observes that the 2008 Toyota Camry SE “doesn't have the sort of body control that begs you to throw it into the sweeping curves on the winding roads above Santa Barbara, but if you do so anyway, the chassis digs in and hangs on without too much protest, and the car loses grip predictably and controllably,” but feels that “all Camry models still suffer from numb and uncommunicative steering.”
The 2008 Toyota Camry finally has a curve-hugger in the SE edition–and V-6 versions have strong acceleration—but other trims are ordinary performers.