May 10, 2019
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
LE trims comes equipped with an additional eight-way power driver seat and key entry.
SE trim exlusive features are:
Exclusive features on LE trim are:
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.
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.
Check out the safety features in 2008 Toyota Camry:
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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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.
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)|
|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|
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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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.
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