Toyota Camry 2008 Review
Neither a rocket scientist nor a car critic is needed to figure out why the Toyota Camry has been America’s best-selling car nine of the past 10 years. This mid-size sedan does just about everything well, and it’s supported by Toyota’s well-earned reputation for quality, reliability and value retention.
One year after a wheels-up redesign, the 2008 Toyota Camry changes not at all.
The Camry benefited from a complete overhaul for 2007, starting with a new, airy interior and continuing with more powerful engines, more transmission choices and increased fuel efficiency. Yet the hallmark of this sixth-generation Camry is Toyota’s effort to shake the stodgy, plain reputation the car had developed in some circles. The Camry’s aerodynamic styling shows more vitality than we’ve come to expect from a car many have labeled, and not necessarily in unkind fashion, as Japan’s Buick.
Wash-and-wear, no-worries reliability is not a bad thing. Owners depend on the Camry, and they’re seldom disappointed. This four-door sedan seats five in reasonable comfort, yet it’s relatively compact and easy to park. It’s smooth and quiet, but it can accelerate with vigor. Its cabin is attractive, functional and as refined as anything in its class. The Camry is thrilling in no respect, and no particular aspect of its performance is outstanding. Yet it’s good in nearly every respect, bad in almost none, and it has a steady, set-and-forget quality that many drivers appreciate. It’s pleasant to drive in all circumstances. In SE trim, with the manual transmission, it approaches fun.
Models range from the surprisingly well-equipped Camry CE to the near-luxury Camry XLE, with nearly all the bells and whistles. In between are the popular LE, a modest step up from the base CE and available with the V6, and the SE, decked out with suspension, tires and trim to please the sporty crowd. Toyota’s four-cylinder engine is not the strongest, but it’s more than adequate with the manual transmission. The smooth V6 is one of the most powerful in the class.
The Camry Hybrid features a combination electric motor/gasoline engine powertrain and a super-efficient continuously variable transmission, or CVT. The Hybrid is a good performer and one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicles anywhere. It’s also a great statement for environmentally conscious buyers, though it’s worth noting that all Camry models offer good EPA mileage ratings and low emissions in their respective categories.
2.4L I-4 Engine
5-spd man w/OD Transmission
158 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
161 @ 4,000 rpm Torque
Front-wheel Drive type
16″ steel Wheels
Front air conditioning, manual
AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
Cloth Seat trim
Driver Lumbar support