$12,895 - $13,895
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LX Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,895 - $13,895
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23-24 City / 30-32 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L DOHC CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Independent dual-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P195/60R15 tires
  • 15" steel wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes

Exterior Features

  • Body-color body-side moldings
  • Clear-lens headlights w/auto-off feature
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Tinted glass w/windshield sunshade band
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats w/driver seat 6-way adjustment
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Center console w/padded armrest-inc: dual storage, dual 12V pwr outlet
  • Front cupholders
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Fuel door, hood & trunk remote release
  • Rear window defroster
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, auxiliary input jack
  • Front door map pockets w/bottle holder
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Garment hooks

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags
  • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front/rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point front seat belts-inc: pretensioners w/force limiters, height-adjustable anchors
  • 3-point rear seat belts
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Internal emergency trunk release
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones

2008 Kia Spectra Owner Reviews

107 Reviews
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Spectra runs well for high mileage vehicle

2008 Kia Spectra LX

It's overall reliable. Brakes, rotors and calipers wear out fast and have needed replaced frequently. It's high mileage but still runs well. Currently at 142,000+ miles and running okay. It has rusted very easily. I don't like that there's no cruise control and lack of a lot of features that are standard on most vehicles now. I do like the auxiliary port for plugging in phone for music/podcasts. Has made long distance trips (235 miles one way) with no issues.

- Alexandra H

2008 Kia Spectra is reliable and worthwhile.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

I really like it. It's very reliable and has served me well over the past decade. It runs well with minimal repairs and regular maintenance. It has a lot of storage space in the trunk and the backseat is large and comfortable. The features are pretty minimal, with a CD player and aux cord. No extras like GPS or Bluetooth. The seats are comfortable and the heat and air conditioning work very well.

- Amanda J

Dependable, durable, darling, 2008 Kia Spectra.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

I think my experience with the Kia spectra has been a positive one. I think that it is deceptively spacious, I can cram more in that people expect. It's not super fancy in terms of things like heated seats or sunroofs or rear cameras but I think it's very comfortable as a non luxury vehicle. I have driven this for five years and it handles the same now as it did then with routine maintenance.

- Natasha D

Its small and does not waste too much gas.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

It's perfect for me. I love the size and it doesn't waste a lot of gas. So far no problems with anything I just need to give him his love and he runs like new. Its fast on the freeway and because it's small it fits everywhere I really like his performance and I think it has the perfect comforter for me. I can say it was built just for me and my needs.

- Blanca L

The car is surprisingly peppy and quick off the line... fun to drive.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

My little Kia hatchback drives and handles great. I've had no issues with it since the purchase. I'm 6'5 and for a smaller car, I still have no issue fitting in the driver's seat. Gas mileage is not as solid as I would have liked at only around 21/mpg but all around, I'm very happy with this car and hope to drive it until the wheels fall off.

- Jared R

My Kia is a sky blue color.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

It dropped a transmission before mileage hit 60,000 but it was honored and fixed immediately! I love my Kia it takes good care of me.It's comfortable looks nice and very reliable. If you want a nice car a Kia is the way to go. I have had no problems with it since! Everybody should buy a Kia they are very nice cars and very reliable.

- Roberta B

My favorite thing is the aux cord input. Having my music played is a plus.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

The vehicle itself has been very comfortable. I like the fact that it is compact so I am able to fit into small spaces. The vehicle drives well, considering the fact that it is over 10 years old. The gas on the vehicle is also very good. It doesn't take much money to fill up my tank.

- Tamara E

Very reliable, good gas mileage, but needs more comfortable

2008 Kia Spectra LX

Great gas mileage and a very reliable vehicle. The only problems I've had with it are the key mechanism has fallen into the driver door and the seat belt doesn't click out easy but other than that I love it. One thing it could really use though is more comfortable seats.

- James M

it does what it needs to do

2008 Kia Spectra LX

The car is really reliable my family has had it for 10 years now and we've only had one issue which was really minor and was cheap to fix. We have been able to drive long distance with it with no issues, very good family car, personal car, any type of car.

- James G

Kia spectra good economic car for busy moms.

2008 Kia Spectra LX

Car is great when weather is good easy to manage and fits anywhere. Scary when heavy rain or windy car is blown around. Car has lasted really well no maintenance issues. I love this car it has great trunk space is perfect for groceries and running errands.

- Angela L

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