Roomy inside without feeling large outside, the Toyota Corolla is also impressively quiet. Corolla also has excellent fuel economy, while still posting good acceleration times, handling competently and providing a comfortable ride. The one drawback -- some of our drivers were not comfortable with the driving position. Overall, though, the Corolla is a fine choice.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The conford ride"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Drives well and has very good acceleration"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent excelleration."

STEPHEN T., TX (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"car is easily pushed around in relativey light gusty winds, requiring constant steering correction; car can feel disconcertingly unstable when making quick lane changes in passing situations; but I have adjusted to both. But manual transmission allows strong acceleration when desired, making car more FUN to drive."

D Y., NY (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Still gets good gas mileage even with 186000 miles on it."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"A strut broke resulting in vibrations. Also, uneven tire wear."

JOEL B., NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"I drive with hand controls. At start, it s very challenging to avoid spinning the wheels."

LAWRENCE E., OR (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Seems peppy enough for me, even after 8 years. Gas mileage is great: high 30s to 40."

R D., OR (2008 Toyota Corolla)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are very comfortable. Outside noise reduction could be better."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"I'm 6'1", and always feel cramped in the driver's seat, even when adjusted all the way back."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Driver seats could provide more lumbar support without having to buy the big expensive kit. Serious problem among almost all car manifacturer."

MARIO P., QC (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"very reliable"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Not comfortable for a 6 foot tall man"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Very quiet ride, handles good,"

DENNIS D., NE (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"The ride can be a bit jerky. Have to get used to the gas pedal for smooth take offs. Not a comfortable car for long, road trips. We use it mainly to drive around town."

PETER S., WA (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Car has road noise."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"The rattles and shakes from this car are so annoying. I constantly hear rattles and shakes every time I drive it."

DANIEL J., OH (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"After driving a 1969 VW for several years, going into the Corolla was like a luxury car. Everything was good: heater, AC, comfort, room, and especially gas mileage. The Corolla gets in high 30s always and 40 on any kiind of road trip."

R D., OR (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"just an overall comfortable & relaible car"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"top notch"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"I regret not spending the extra money and getting auto lock, window, transmission. next purchase may also factor in outside noise"

JOHN M., OR (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"I got what they said I was getting."

JOSEPH C., TN (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Very reliable car. Excellent gas mileage. Can't beat Toyota for reliability"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"It is an excellent car. The fold down rear seats are useful."

STEPHEN T., TX (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"We bought it used for $8,000.00. No problems with the car. Gets good gas mileage. Was part of the airbag recall but it was taken care of promptly. We plan to drive this car for several more years, at least."

PETER S., WA (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"Can beat the value for the price i paid for this car!"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"I bought the car for $1500 used from a friend and even though it has 213,00 miles on it - it runs well and gets pretty good gas mileage."

KATHY T., CT (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"The car has been very reliable, We just got back from a trip that was 1900 miles and had no trouble at all."

JACQUELINE H., AZ (2008 Toyota Corolla)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Classic simple car"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"it looks nice"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Corolla)

"The paint is way too easy to chip and the bumper color is changing from maroon to orange. I had a Subaru for 20 yrs and the paint looks better than the Corolla."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Corolla)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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