2008 Kia Optima Trims and Specs

Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: element · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 11.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Armrests: rear center folding with storage
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable, tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, front seatback · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Manual adjustments: 6
Exterior Features Grille color: chrome
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Driver seat manual adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Power door locks
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims P Tires · Wheels: steel
Wheels Wheel covers: full
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $16,355 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.4L 162 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
31MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$16,355
Invoice$15,435

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
31MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
31MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.4L 162 hp I4
Power 162 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque 164 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16.4 gal
Front Legroom43.7 in
Back Legroom37.8 in
Wheelbase107.1 in
Length186.4 in
Width71.1 in
Height58.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.8 cu ft
Kia's entry in the luxury mid-sized sedan segment, the 2008 Kia Optima LX is the base trim for this front-wheel drive car. Under the hood rests a 2.4-liter, 162-hp DOHC I4 that achieves... Read More
Kia's entry in the luxury mid-sized sedan segment, the 2008 Kia Optima LX is the base trim for this front-wheel drive car. Under the hood rests a 2.4-liter, 162-hp DOHC I4 that achieves aroudn 24/34 mpg. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with the option to add a 5-speed automatic with Sport Shift. 16-inch wheels with all-season tires provide road grip. Safety equipment includes 4-wheel disc brakes, dual-stage front, side impact, and side curtain airbags for both rows, head restraints for the front seat, and a tire monitor. ABS brakes, and traction and stability control cost extra.
Well appointed for an economy luxury car, the 2008 Optima LX comes standard with power windows, locks, and mirrors. Heated mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, two front power outlets, front and rear cupholders, and a 6-speaker CD system are also included. New this year is an MP3 audio input jack. When equipped with the automatic transmission, the 2008 Optima LX features remote entry and wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Rear seats split-fold 60/40 and feature a trunk pass-through. The trunk holds 14.8 cubic feet of cargo and comes with a net and tie-downs. Available options include a rear spoiler, and an appearance package that adds 17-inch alloy wheels, black headlamp housing and a black grile, leather trim, a trip computer, and foglights.
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: element · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 11.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Armrests: rear center folding with storage
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, front seatback · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Manual adjustments: 6
Exterior Features Grille color: chrome
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Driver seat manual adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Power door locks
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims P Tires
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $19,445 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.7L 185 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
28MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$19,445
Invoice$18,090

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
28MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.7L 185 hp V6
Power 185 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 182 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16.4 gal
Front Legroom43.7 in
Back Legroom37.8 in
Wheelbase107.1 in
Length186.4 in
Width71.1 in
Height58.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.8 cu ft
Moving up to the 2008 Kia Optima LX V6 gets you a more powerful 2.7-liter, 185-hp DOHC V6 engine matched with a 5-speed shiftable automatic. It rates 182 ft-lbs of torque at 4000 RPM an... Read More
Moving up to the 2008 Kia Optima LX V6 gets you a more powerful 2.7-liter, 185-hp DOHC V6 engine matched with a 5-speed shiftable automatic. It rates 182 ft-lbs of torque at 4000 RPM and reduces fuel economy to around 21/31 mpg. Otherwise, the front-wheel drive 2008 Optima LX V6 is much like the automatic four-cylinder version. Power locks, windows, and mirrors, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a CD/MP3 player with audio input jack, intermittent wipers, tilt and telescopic steering, remote entry, and a tachometer are all standard. There are four cupholders, (two front, two back,), two 12V power outlets, and 60/40s split-folding rear seats. Trunk capacity tops out at 14.8 cubic feet, with a cargo light, net, and tie-downs providing extra convenience.
Riding on a four-wheel independent suspension, the 2008 Optima LX V6 upgrades to 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, though 17-inch alloys are offered in an Appearance Package, along with a blacked-out grille, black headlamp housing, foglights, a trip computer, and leather steering wheel trim. Dual-stage front airbags, side impact, and side curtain bags for both rows are standard, as are 4-wheel disc brakes, halogen headlamps, and a tire monitor. Electronic brakeforce distribution, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and traction and stability control are optional. Also available are carpeted floor mats and a rear spoiler.
Original MSRP: $19,495
28 national listings
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: element · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 11.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Armrests: rear center folding with storage · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, front seatback · Universal remote transmitter · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Power adjustments: 8
Exterior Features Grille color: chrome
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: dusk sensing, auto delay off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: leather
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Power door locks
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims P Tires
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $19,495 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.4L 162 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
31MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$19,495
Invoice$18,140

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
31MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.4L 162 hp I4
Power 162 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque 164 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16.4 gal
Front Legroom43.7 in
Back Legroom37.8 in
Wheelbase107.1 in
Length186.4 in
Width71.1 in
Height58.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.8 cu ft
Packed with more features than the LX, the 2008 Kia Optima EX offers luxury at an affordable price. The mid-sized front-wheel drive sedan seats four comfortably, with nearly 38 inches o... Read More
Packed with more features than the LX, the 2008 Kia Optima EX offers luxury at an affordable price. The mid-sized front-wheel drive sedan seats four comfortably, with nearly 38 inches of rear legroom. Seats split-fold 60/40 onto a 14.8 cubic foot trunk that features tie-downs, a light, and a net. Engine power is supplied by a 2.4-liter, 162-hp DOHC I4 and 5-speed automatic with Sportshift. Alloy wheels replace the steel ones on the LX and ride on 16-inch rims, with the option to upgrade to 17-inch wheels.
Upgrades in the 2008 Optima EX include an 8-way power driver's seat, a trip computer, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, heated mirrors, garage remote, automatic climate control, remote entry, and dual exhaust pipes. Leather upholstery and trim for the steering wheel and shifter add the upscale feel of more expensive cars. Full power features, a tachometer, intermittent wipers, and a CD player with new MP3 audio input jack are already standard.
In terms of safety, the 2008 Optima EX offers an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglights, and automatic headlights in addition to the dual front, side impact, and side curtain airbags, tire monitor, and head restraints. The 4-wheel disc brakes can be supplemente by 4-wheel ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution. Traction and stability control are also available. EX-only options include a sunroof, 6-CD player, heated seats, power-adjustable pedals, and a 4-way power passenger seat. An appearance package adds a black grille and headlamp housing, and a rear spoiler is also optional.
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: element · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 11.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Armrests: rear center folding with storage · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, front seatback · Universal remote transmitter · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Power adjustments: 8
Exterior Features Grille color: chrome
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: dusk sensing, auto delay off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: leather
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Power door locks
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims P Tires
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $20,500 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.7L 185 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
28MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$20,500
Invoice$18,985

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
28MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.7L 185 hp V6
Power 185 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 182 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16.4 gal
Front Legroom43.7 in
Back Legroom37.8 in
Wheelbase107.1 in
Length186.4 in
Width71.1 in
Height58.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.8 cu ft
A 2.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 engine represents the only difference between the 2008 Kia Optima EX and the EX V6. This engine delivers 185-hp, with fuel economy ratings around 21/31 mpg... Read More
A 2.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 engine represents the only difference between the 2008 Kia Optima EX and the EX V6. This engine delivers 185-hp, with fuel economy ratings around 21/31 mpg. A 5-speed shiftable automatic is the only transmission. The front-wheel drive, mid-sized luxury sedan offers up luxury in the form of leather upholstery and trim, an 8-way power passenger seat, a trip computer, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls for the 6-speaker CD/MP3 player, remote entry, heated mirrors, and a garage remote. Other upgrades include automatic climate control, foglights, and automatic headlights.
The 2008 Optima EX V6 earns five stars in crash tests when equipped with the optional ABS brakes and both stability and traction control. Six standard airbags include dual-stage front, side impact, and side curtain airbags for both rows. A tire monitor and halogen lamps are also standard. Other EX V6 features include a full power setup, intermittent wipers, front and rear cupholders, two 12-volt front power outlets, a tachometer, a security system, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The spacious trunk holds nearly 15 cubic feet of cargo and comes with tie-downs and a net. 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires keep the 2008 Optima EX V6 on the road, but 17-inch wheels are available in an appearance package that also adds a black grille and headlamp housing, and chrome interior accents.
Other options offered only with the EX include a sunroof, a 6-CD changer, 4-way power passenger seat, power-adjustable pedals, and heated seats. To dress up the exterior a bit, you can also add a rear spoiler.