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By Cars.com Staff
December 18, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Amanti is Kia's flagship large sedan. It competes with the Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300 and Buick LaCrosse. The Amanti is available in one trim level.
New for 2009 The 2009 Amanti gets satellite radio, along with an auxiliary USB jack for MP3 players, as standard equipment. The previously optional 4-inch display monitor with a trip computer and digital clock has grown to 5.5 inches.
Exterior The Amanti's front has two long LED turn signals and an egg-crate grille, flanked by dual headlights.
At 196.9 inches long and 72.8 inches wide, the Amanti is about the same length as its competitors.
Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
Standard front fog lamps
Standard power mirrors; heated mirrors optional
Standard dual exhaust outlets
Interior The Amanti's interior has an analog clock that sits between the center air vents. There's an optional 5.5-inch display monitor with a trip computer and a digital clock that supplements the center analog clock.
The Amanti has 106 cubic feet of passenger space, which is about equal to its competitors, except the LaCrosse, which has 99.4 cubic feet. The trunk measures 15.9 cubic feet which, again, makes the Amanti a top competitor in terms of space.
Available cloth or leather seating surfaces
Available wood or aluminum trim accents
Standard dual-zone climate control
Standard power windows, locks and keyless entry
Standard cruise control
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
Optional Infinity audio system with nine speakers
Under the Hood
264-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode