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2008 Toyota Corolla Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Toyota Corolla was new.

The 2008 Toyota Corolla has a well-appointed interior and solid build quality. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says the interior "will make you feel like you're in a more expensive car."

Rick Newman positively describes the Corolla's interior controls as "zenlike wholeness." He comments that the three most important contact points between car and driver (steering wheel, gearshift and pedals) feel "wonderful" in the Corolla. In addition, Motor Week is also thrilled with the refinement of the new model, noting, "With top notch materials throughout, it's a richer-feeling Corolla than any of its predecessors."

Seating

The 2008 Corolla has a total passenger volume of 90.3 cubic feet. Motor Week continues, "Of direct competitors, only Ford's Focus provides more." Interior space is above average up front, but below average in back, which may be why reviewers found the car roomy and comfortable -- they weren't passengers.

As for front seat comfort, the driver's seat wins points from Auto Mall USA for a "more substantial feel than in many cars in this price range, which makes it more comfortable for long journeys." There's good head room, but several critics note that leg space is tight for six-footers. In addition, New Car Test Drive asserts that the Corolla doesn't fit five people so comfortably, commenting, "The back seats offer a decent amount of room for two average-size adults. Seat belts are provided for a third rear-seat passenger, but there's little space for such a person."

Interior Features

Standard on all trim levels are air conditioning (with an air filter), AM/FM sound system, power steering, tilt steering column, intermittent wipers, digital clock, outside temperature gauge, trunk lamp, dome light with delay and four cupholders. The base CE even comes with a CD player, power mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.

The S adds a sport-cloth interior, a sportier tachometer, chrome accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power locks, a vertical seat-height adjustment and mirror-mounted running lights. The luxury LE includes all of the above plus power windows and locks; remote keyless entry; variable intermittent wipes, and gauges enhanced with Toyota's Optitron technology, which improves clarity and reduces eye fatigue.

The Corolla's standard and optional features list is growing year by year, but as of yet does not include a navigation system. Check out our GPS reviews for information on the best portable devices on the market today.

Cargo

At 13.6 cubic feet, trunk space is not only spacious, but includes a 60/40-split rear seatback that allows owners to stow longer items such as skis. In addition, gooseneck hinges on the trunk door help create a larger trunk opening than scissor hinges -- but they also intrude into the trunk and can crush items that aren't carefully stowed.

Storage space inside the cabin includes a nicely sized glove box and door pockets. However, New Car Test Drive complains, "The bins in the two front doors are all relatively small, and there are no storage bins in the rear doors." Consumer Guide has a similar opinion, noting trunk room is "typical for a subcompact, and rear seatbacks fold nearly flat to enlarge storage space. Front-seat interior storage space above class average, but rear seaters [are] denied door or seatback pockets."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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