Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,968 - $7,220
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Select a color
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,968 - $7,220
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
24 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

Kia Spectra Ranked #11 by Owners

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Kia Spectra If...

If your brain says no frills, but your gut says go for more than just value and versatility, the sporty 2008 Kia Spectra5 SX should win a slot on your shopping list.

Kia Spectra Models & Trims

Owner Reviews

4.11

88 Reviews

40% 36% 19% 5% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Great affordable and cute car.

I love how cute and compact it is. Mine is a manual transmission and super fun to drive. It gets great gas mileage and is just overall affordable. I have only had two problems with it in my two years of ownership. 1, the windshield wiper fluid doesn't squirt out anymore. There is fluid in it, so I know it is an issue with the hose. And 2, the cruise control is messed up. I think both are fixable issues if I take it in.

- Nicole W

Economical-fuel, tires, routine mechanical work and sometimes even more expensive work, such as replacing the clutch, is affordable and is great for commuting, young or single couples and/or students.

The Kia Spectra hatchback is very versatile. It is roomy enough for me and my child but also for my mother and sister. The back seats lie down and is great for larger items, which is great because we love yard sales. It is economical in every way possible, from fuel to basic mechanical work. It is dependable and reliable with performance that is great but it's not a power or muscle car.

- Andrianna A

Great reliability and comfort.

I have had no problems with my car. I love driving it and I love the reliability! Very comfortable drive, standard sedan size. Not prime for a large family but my family of three and one dog find it perfect. I have had it for 10 years now and it is taken us omg four long distance vacations. In its tenth year I am just starting to see some wear and tear almost all cosmetic and easily fixed.

- Amanda G

Road Test Video Reviews

  • 2008 Kia Spectra Overview
    2008 Kia Spectra Overview
    1,460 views
  • SOLD 2008 Kia Spectra EX 76K Miles Meticulous Motors Inc Florida For Sale
    SOLD 2008 Kia Spectra EX 76K Miles Meticulous Motors Inc Florida For Sale
    6,660 views
  • 2008 Kia Spectra EX|17549A
    2008 Kia Spectra EX|17549A
    8,744 views
  • Here's Why This Kia Spectra Is the Best Car I've Ever Reviewed
    Here's Why This Kia Spectra Is the Best Car I've Ever Reviewed
    2,863,949 views
  • 2006 Kia Spectra EX Review
    2006 Kia Spectra EX Review
    1,449 views
  • 2008 Kia Spectra.Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
    2008 Kia Spectra.Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour.
    15,698 views

Compare Models & Key Features

Front angle view.
Front angle view.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,968 - $5,847
$4,089 - $6,510

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC CVVT 16
2.0L DOHC CVVT 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Not Available
Optional

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.8 in.
42.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.4 in.
35.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.2 in.
38.2 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.2 cu. ft.
12.2 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5
Exterior Features

Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
102.8 in.
102.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.3 ft.
33.3 ft.

Length

Length
177.2 in.
177.2 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2701 - 2767 .lbs
2701 - 2767 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Torque

Torque
136 ft. lbs.
136 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14 gal.
14 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 - 31 mpg
24 - 31 mpg

City

City
23 - 24 mpg
23 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 - 32 mpg
30 - 32 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Assistance

Air Bags

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings