2008 Kia Spectra Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $12,895
22 national listings
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 10.8 · Front brake width: 1.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.1 · Rear brakes: drum
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cupholders: front · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Storage: door pockets · Vanity mirrors: dual
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Headlights: auto delay off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: manual
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
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: coil over shock, 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 · Rear defogger
Price $12,895 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 138 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$12,895
Invoice$12,345

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
32MPG highway

Safety

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

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power Windows--
Power Door Locks--
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.0L 138 hp I4
Power 138 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 136 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume14 gal
Front Legroom42.8 in
Back Legroom35.4 in
Wheelbase102.8 in
Length177.2 in
Width68.3 in
Height57.9 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume12.2 cu ft
The base model for the front-wheel-drive compact sedan gains a more stylish black grille and redesigned gauges, wheel covers, and shifter knob, but otherwise remains unchanged from 2007... Read More
The base model for the front-wheel-drive compact sedan gains a more stylish black grille and redesigned gauges, wheel covers, and shifter knob, but otherwise remains unchanged from 2007. The 2008 Kia Spectra LX rides on the Elantra platform and a full independent four-wheel suspension. Standard safety features include dual front, side impact, and side curtain airbags, halogen lamps, a tire monitor, and 15-inch wheels. ABS brakes are not offered. Alloy wheels can be substituted for the standard steel wheels. A 138-hp, 2.0-liter DOHC inline four is matched to a 5-speed manual only and gets around 23/30 mpg. In crash tests, the 2008 Spectra LX earns five stars.
Features are few in this base trim, but do include a CD player with MP3 input jack. Tilt steering, a clock, intermittent wipers, front cupholders, rear defrost, and a center console with storage and two power outlets make up the standard equipment. Options are few, but you can add air conditioning. The rear seats split-fold 60/40, opening onto a 12.2-cubic-foot trunk. The interior roominess rates highly with owners, who are mainly attracted to the 2008 Spectra LX for its low price and good warranty.
Original MSRP: $15,895
100 national listings
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 10.8 · Front brake width: 1.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.2 · Rear brake width: 0.4 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · 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 · Storage: door pockets · Vanity mirrors: dual
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Headlights: auto delay off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · 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: coil over shock, 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 $15,895 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 138 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
32MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$15,895
Invoice$14,860

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
32MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway

Safety

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

Amenities

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

Engine

2.0L 138 hp I4
Power 138 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 136 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume14 gal
Front Legroom42.8 in
Back Legroom35.4 in
Wheelbase102.8 in
Length177.2 in
Width68.3 in
Height57.9 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume12.2 cu ft
There's a big difference between the 2008 Kia Spectra EX and the base LX, mainly involving a longer list of standard features. Though the front-wheel-drive sedan shares its 2.0-liter, 1... Read More
There's a big difference between the 2008 Kia Spectra EX and the base LX, mainly involving a longer list of standard features. Though the front-wheel-drive sedan shares its 2.0-liter, 138-hp DOHC inline four and 5-speed manual transmission with the base, a 4-speed automatic is also available. Along with the LX, the EX receives a new black grille with chrome accents, new dash gauges, and a new shifter knob. Added features in the 2008 Spectra EX include power windows, locks, and heated mirrors, remote entry, and air conditioning. These join the CD player, intermittent wipers, and tilt steering of the LX. The EX also adds two more cupholders for the rear seats.
There are more options available with the 2008 Spectra EX. These include cruise control and a rear spoiler. Standard safety features are the same as for the base model, but add 4-wheel disc brakes (the LX has a combo of drum and discs). A tire monitor, halogen headlamps, and dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags help earn five stars in crash tests. Front bucket seats are separated by a center storage console with two power outlets that also doubles as an armrest. The rear seat split-folds 60/40, and the trunk holds 12 cubic feet of cargo. The 2008 Spectra EX is a good buy for those wanting a little more comfort and convenience while keeping the overall price low.
Original MSRP: $15,995
14 national listings
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 10.8 · Front brake width: 1.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.2 · Rear brake width: 0.4 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features 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 · 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 · Storage: door pockets · Vanity mirrors: dual
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: auto delay off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · 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: coil over shock, 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 $15,995 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 138 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$15,995
Invoice$14,955

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
32MPG highway

Safety

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

Amenities

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

Engine

2.0L 138 hp I4
Power 138 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 136 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume14 gal
Front Legroom42.8 in
Back Legroom35.4 in
Wheelbase102.8 in
Length177.6 in
Width68.3 in
Height57.9 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume12.2 cu ft
Introduced last year, the SX trim of the 2008 Kia Spectra is the sports version of the budget midsize sedan. It takes most of the attributes of the Spectra5 hatch and converts them to a... Read More
Introduced last year, the SX trim of the 2008 Kia Spectra is the sports version of the budget midsize sedan. It takes most of the attributes of the Spectra5 hatch and converts them to a sedan. Though it has the same 2.0-liter, 138-hp DOHC inline-four engine and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, the front-wheel drive 2008 Spectra SX sits on a sport-tuned front and rear independent suspension and rides on larger 16-inch alloy wheels. Other sport features include ground effects, a larger anti-sway bar, stronger shocks, and standard foglights. Flashy touches on the inside included aluminum pedals, sport seats, and leather trim. It also gets tweaks to the front and rear ends and adds a front spoiler to the already standard rear spoiler.
Inside, the 2008 Spectra SX offers similar standard equipment to the EX, such as full power features, heated mirrors, remote entry, cruise control, a CD player with MP3 input, intermittent wipers, tilt steering, and front and rear cupholders. Unlike the other trims, 4-wheel ABS brakes are available as an option on the SX. Otherwise, it comes with 4-wheel disc brakes, a tire monitor, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags. Rear seats split-fold and the trunk holds 12 cubic feet. In addition to the 6-CD changer option, the 2008 Spectra SX can be outfitted with remote start and a sunroof.
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes Front brake diameter: 10.8 · Front brake width: 1.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.2 · Rear brake width: 0.4 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features 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 · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · One-touch windows: 1 · Overhead console · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Storage: door pockets · Vanity mirrors: dual
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: auto delay off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated, heated driver mirror
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Type: bench
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · 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: coil over shock, 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 · Rear wiper: intermittent
Price $15,995 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 138 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$15,995
Invoice$14,955

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
30MPG highway
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
32MPG highway

Safety

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

Amenities

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

Engine

2.0L 138 hp I4
Power 138 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 136 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume14 gal
Front Legroom42.8 in
Back Legroom35.4 in
Wheelbase102.8 in
Length171.3 in
Width68.3 in
Height57.9 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume18.3 cu ft
A sporty hatchback version of the midsize economy sedan, the 2008 Kia Spectra5 wagon boosts cargo capacity to 18 cubic feet (the sedan holds 12). It receives no changes this year. A 2.0... Read More
A sporty hatchback version of the midsize economy sedan, the 2008 Kia Spectra5 wagon boosts cargo capacity to 18 cubic feet (the sedan holds 12). It receives no changes this year. A 2.0-liter, 138-hp DOHC inline four sits under the hood, matched to a standard 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic is available. Six airbags (dual front, side impact, and side curtain) help earn five stars in crash tests, along with 4-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, halogen headlamps, and a tire monitor. As with the SX, 4-wheel ABS brakes are optional on the 2008 Spectra5.
The Spectra5 is a bit more fun to drive than the sedan, thanks to a sports-tuned suspension that works in conjunction with stronger shocks and a larger anti-sway bar. Though not a sports car per se, it does provide a bit more responsiveness on curves. Sports effects include a front and rear spoiler, ground effects, aluminum pedals, sport seats, and leather accents. Standard equipment mimics the SX and includes full power features, remote entry, cruise control, intermittent wipers, a CD player and MP3 jack, tilt steering, front and rear cupholders, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and heated mirrors. The hatchback supposedly seats five, but realistically fits four. A 6-CD player is available, and you can pay extra for a sunroof and remote start option.
LX Convenience
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
LX Premium
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Spectra5 LX
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Spectra5 LX Convenience
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.