Best Bet
  • (4.1) 41 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,662$9,846
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 32
  • Engine: 126-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Toyota Corolla

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Corolla

Our Take

Few cars have a heritage as long as Toyota's popular Corolla compact sedan, which dates back to 1966 and was last redesigned for the 2003 model year. The Corolla competes with other compacts like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. The car is unchanged for 2008, but an updated 2009 model debuts ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Comfortable but shabby-looking cloth seats (LE)
  • Noisy interior at high speeds
  • Choppy ride on highway

Notable Features

  • 126-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available electronic stability system
  • Body kit for S model

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in October 2006 about the LE version of the 2007 Toyota Corolla. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Though it hasn't undergone a significant redesign since the 2003 model year, the Corolla remains one of the best-sel... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota Corolla

Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 41 reviews

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Best car

by andy from KS on December 29, 2008

We bought Corolla 2008 last year. It is simply a wonderful car. The fuel efficiency is great. It gives me 38 MPG on highway and 28-30 in the city limits. Though the interior is little cramped, compari... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2008 Toyota Corolla trim comparison will help you decide.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Corolla CE

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
P

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Corolla CE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
A

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
P
Driver Head and Neck
P
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
M
Overall Side
P
Rear Passenger Head Protection
A
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
M
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Corolla CE

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Corolla CE

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

Learn More About Warranties

Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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