TheCarConnection.com notes better-than-average safety scores for the 2008 Kia Optima.
The 2008 Kia Optima achieves top five-star results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in both frontal and side-impact tests, along with a "good" rating in frontal impact and an "acceptable" rating in side impact from the insurance-affiliated Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Edmunds acknowledges these as "excellent crash scores."
Standard safety equipment includes front and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front headrests. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are available together as a packaged option on all but the base model. ConsumerGuide reports "available safety equipment [for the Kia Optima] includes ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags." Cars.com adds that "active front head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard" on the Kia Optima, while "antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system and brake assist are optional."
Kelley Blue Book remarks that the 2008 Kia Optima's passenger cabin "provides a nice balance between outward visibility and efficient aerodynamics"; Consumer Guide adds that "visibility is fine in all directions."