Toyota Camry Spider (2008) review & prices in Nigeria

May 10, 2019

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1. Introduction

The 2008 Toyota Camry is just like most previous versions of Camry when it comes to being roomy for four people and exciting to drive around. Despite the fact that the 2008 Toyota Camry has a strong reputation for quality ride and a solid choice for many, there are also some intimidating models from other brands in terms of performance and refined interior design. Here on Naijauto, is the Toyota Camry 2008 review (a.k.a Spider).


2. Toyota Camry 2008 - Overview

If there is one thing peculiar with the 2008 Toyota Camry, it is definitely the constant factor as far as taste and preference of the consumers are concerned. Though might not be the exotic car you are looking for, but the ride sure covers all the necessary needs of a good car such as comfort, safety, space and easy driving. This is why it has a very good second hand value in the automotive market.

It is a representation of sixth generation second year, which is the largest Camry till date despite retaining mid-size classification. There is enough headroom, legroom, shoulder room and hip room on the inside.

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Toyota Camry for the 2008 model year definitely stands at the top in its segment in terms of quality build and performanc

Don’t be overly surprised when some people say that it is among the most powerful Camry. It comes equipped with an optional V6 engine of 3.5-liter with the generative power of 268hps. The model uses a smooth shifting 6-speed transmission, which accelerates from a standstill of zero to 60mph in 6.5secs. This is very much as quick as many sport coupes and sedans.

Its fuel economy is commendable since it’s not really far from what the base 4-cylinder Camry’s engine would offer you.

We all know that this 2008 Camry falls among the efficient cars out there, yet, it isn’t sold based on its performance. What most buyers see is the way this family sedan flawlessly goes past maneuvers and the stability coupled with serenity when you drive it over any road surface. It comes with a better handling when compared to earlier versions but this could be masked with tires, which are ride-biased and the fact that you won’t be able to get enough steering feedback. You might be thinking rival models such as Nissan Altima, Mazda 6 or Subaru Legacy if you are looking for a more sporty drive in a midsize sedan.

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Since it is properly equipped, it comes at a costlier price than most mid-size sedans in the market. That could piss some off considering the availability of other value-packed features in close rivals such as Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu, which all come at cheaper prices. When we thought the rivalry between Camry and Honda Accord was beginning to disappear into thin air, the redesigned Honda Accord for similar model year also poses a big threat to the Camry especially in the areas of cabin refinement and exciting driving.

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3. 2008 Toyota Camry trim levels and features

The 2008 model of Camry comes equipped with 4-door in a midsize sedan, featuring four trim levels such as Base (previously CE), LE, SE and XLE. For the base trim, the model comes with a 4-cylinder engine, which is exclusive. The other trim levels promise an option between 4-cylinder and a V6.


Toyota Camry 2008 is a midsize sedan, featuring four trim levels

Base trim

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • A 6-speaker CD audio system coupled with auxiliary input jack
  • Telescoping and tilting steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Full power accessories
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat

LE trim

LE trims comes equipped with an additional eight-way power driver seat and key entry.

SE trim

SE trim exlusive features are:

  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Special exterior and interior details

LE trim

Exclusive features on LE trim are:

  • Softer suspension setting and 16-inch wheels found in LE trim
  • A 440-watt JBL sound system coupled with CD in-dash changer
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • High-tech air filter from automatic dual-zone climate control system
  • Reclining rear seat
  • Moonroof
  • Wood-tone accent
  • Leather seat for the V6 option

It is worthy of mention that the SE and XLE do not come equipped with folding rear seat capability and a center-pass through. As a buyer, you might want to go for the exclusive trim levels. You should also know that a few key options are also available such as heated seats and navigation system. The XLE V6 also comes with keyless start.

4. Toyota Camry 2008 performance and fuel economy

For the standard engine in all trim levels, it comes with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with the power to generate 158hps and 161 lb-ft of torque. Its 4-cylinder engine has been recognized by many countries to feature ultra-low emission.

You have the chance to pick between the 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmission. For the 4-cylinder XLE trim, you can only get the automatic transmission. Fuel economy rating for the 2008 Camry model year stands at 21mpg for city drive and 31mpg for higher regardless of the transmission you get.


If you are in the market for a fast and high performing 2008 Camry model, you should go for the V6 model

If you poised on getting the faster Camry, you can go for the V6, which is capable of generative power of 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The V6 with 6-speed automatic transmission is always front-wheel drive. Its fuel efficiency stands at 19mpg for city and 28mpg for highway.

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Check out the safety features in 2008 Toyota Camry:

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Full length side curtain airbags and kneel airbag
  • Anti-lock braking system with standard brake assist
  • Stability control  (optional)

5. Driving experience

The driving capabilities of the SE sedan will very much impress you if you attempt to push it a bit. The challenge you might have is the feel of refinement and at the same time road isolation, when compared to rival models, which are more athletic. The 4-cylinder base engine should be sufficiently adequate for most customers. But the 4-cylinder present in Altima and Passat is somewhat better in area of driving performance. With this Toyota Camry for 2008 model year, you will enjoy smooth ride, comfort and a refined overall performance.

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6. Toyota Camry Spider (2008) interior - Style and generous space

The interior design is function-driven in base and LE models. The controls are quite oversized and arranged neatly. For any kind of body type, you do not need to worry much as the seats are large enough with durability and ability to hide dirt and lint.


Toyota Camry 2008 cockpit


Toyota Camry 2008 rear seats


Regardless of the trim you buy, 2008 Toyota Camry comes equipped with stylish interior and space

More upscale interior designs are featured in the SE and XLE trims. The 4-cylinder XLE’s cloth upholstery is coated in silkworm cotton extract, which is very soft. Backseats could also be reclined by rear passengers in all XLE models. It offers 15 cubic feet of trunk space for the base and LE while the SE and XLE comes with 14.5 trunk space.

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7. 2008 Toyota Camry pros and cons - Summary of consumers' notes

Surely, there is no 100% perfect car out there. However, some are definitely close to being perfect especially if you go for the newest versions of most of these brands. Since this is a Toyota Camry for 2008 model year, we expect it to have slight seatbacks, which would be improved on by subsequent models and also its strong points.

  Pros and cons of Toyota 2008 (Spider)
 Pros  Cons
 Signiificantly improved design  Transmission hesitation
 Good gass mileage  Average sound system
 Quiet and smooth riding  Average interior material
 Improved engine power  Squeak and rattle in the interior
 Roomy interior  Performance of the 4-cylinder engine

8. Price of Toyota Camry 2008 in Nigeria for brand new, Nigerian used and foreign used

We do not expect people to go for the brand new of this Toyota Camry for 2008 model year. Its year of production and subsequent productions make it hard to get in Nigeria. But be rest assured that you will be able to get solid tokunbo or even Nigerian used at not too high price.

Toyota Camry 2008 (Spider) prices in Nigeria
 Tokunbo/Foreign used Toyota Camry 2008 (Spider)  ₦2.7 milion – ₦4 million
 Nigerian/Locally used Toyota Camry 2008 (Spider)  ₦2 million – ₦3.6 million
 Cost of clearing Toyota Camry 2008  ₦750,000

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9. Conclusion

Who you do you reckon to get this car? Obviously, it will serve a family of four perfectly well. That doesn’t mean it won’t serve other purposes. If you are looking for a very quality car under an average budget, you should definitely go for this Camry.

This Toyota Camry 2008 (Spider) review and prices is brought to you by Naijauto car review team.

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