2008 Kia Optima

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$16,755

starting MSRP

2008 Kia Optima

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Price
  • Ride and handling
  • Strong engines
  • Interior fit and finish

The bad:

  • Awful new-car smell
  • Uncomfortable cloth front seats
  • Highway tire noise with 17-inch tires
  • Small trunk pass-thru
  • ABS is optional

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $16,755

  • EX

    $19,895

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2008 Kia Optima trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Impressive warranty
  • Optional rear sunshade
  • Optional adjustable pedals

2008 Kia Optima review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Kia’s Optima is a conservatively styled midsize sedan that’s available with either four-cylinder or V-6 power. It can be equipped with some uncommon features for its class — like a manual sunshade for the rear window — and is offered in LX and step-up EX trim levels. It competes with other family sedans like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Changes are few for 2008: The Optima no longer comes with a cassette player but adds an auxiliary input jack for connecting MP3 players to the car’s stereo. The Supervision gauges have been updated, and the side mirrors are now finished in black.

Exterior
Although the Optima’s exterior styling doesn’t break any new ground in the passenger car segment, it’s well-proportioned overall. An Appearance Package features 17-inch wheels and a blacked-out grille and headlights. V-6-powered Optimas have dual exhaust pipes. Trunk volume measures 14.8 cubic feet.

Interior
Front bucket seats and a three-place, split-folding rear bench seat provide seating for up to five people. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, heated mirrors and a six-speaker CD stereo are standard. EX models add an eight-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, a premium audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather seats are optional.

Under the Hood
The Optima’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 162 horsepower. Also offered is a 185-hp, 2.7-liter V-6. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic that has a manual-shift mode.

Safety
All-disc brakes, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard. Antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system and brake assist are optional.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.3

A very reliable steed

The optima is a really reliable car, pushing 12 years its been on the road a lot with me. It does what a car should do which is the most important feature

4.8

One of the Most reliable cars I’ve seen

It’s the type of car that meets everyone’s needs. Comfortable to set in for long periods of time. Nice radio System with speakers in front and back. I like how all the windows were tented just right. Lots of leg room in the front and back. Huge trunk.

1.0

Car doesn't work so I can't review it

Wish I could give an answer. It broke down 2 days after it was purchased. It looked nice at the time. Maybe if we had been sold a decent car I could give it a review.

See all 34 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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