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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
high standard-feature content...lots of standard features
Car and Driver
can be equipped with some uncommon features for its class
well-equipped... above the basic transportation category
Kelley Blue Book
What the 2008 Kia Optima lacks in personality it makes up for in options.
Cars.com reports that the Kia Optima is "offered in LX and step-up EX trim levels." Car and Driver says the 2008 Kia Optima offers "high standard-feature content [and] lots of standard features." According to Cars.com, "air conditioning, power windows and locks, heated mirrors and a six-speaker CD stereo are standard." The base LX comes standard with cruise control, keyless entry and alarm, manual tilt and telescopic steering column, audio system controls on the steering wheel, and floor mats. The 2008 Kia Optima LX V-6 model adds dual exhaust outlets and alloy wheels.
Those who step up to the EX model will find that "leather upholstery is standard," says ConsumerGuide. Top-of-the-line 2008 Kia Optima EX models (four-cylinder and V-6 versions) feature alloy wheels, fog lights, solar glass, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, automatic temperature control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer, metal door scuff plates, chrome-accent outside door handles, and an Infinity AM/FM/six-disc CD/MP3 premium audio system; the EX V-6 adds dual exhaust outlets. An iPod jack is new for the Optima's sound systems.
TheCarConnection.com notes that optional equipment for the 2008 Kia Optima is not in short supply. Options for this year's Kia Optima, according to ConsumerGuide, "include heated seats, sunroof, and power-adjustable pedals." Cars.com comments that the 2008 Kia Optima "can be equipped with some uncommon features for its class -- like a manual sunshade for the rear window...EX models add an eight-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control, a premium audio system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel."
The Optima lacks more modern options such as Bluetooth and a navigation system.
Buyers of the 2008 Kia Optima have many options available in terms of extras, but nothing to surprise shoppers or woo converts.