2007 Kia Spectra  -  $13,520

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $13,520
Base Invoice: $12,970
Destination Charge: $625
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Manual LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 23 | Hwy: 30
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Manual LX
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC MPFI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine


Low price; great warranty; economical operation; surprisingly fun to drive.

Model Highlights

The 2007 Kia Spectra and Spectra5 offer a small car with plenty of driving pleasure. When pushed a bit harder, the Spectra reveals itself to be surprisingly nimble. Feedback through the steering wheel is impressive as well. Overall, the Spectra provides more than adequate handling for the compact family sedan segment, with no penalty in the ride department.

The base Spectra LX sedan starts at $12,895 with a five-speed manual transmission. The mid-level EX trim is available with a five-speed manual transmission, with an optional four-speed. The SX represents the top of the line, and can be had with either the manual or automatic transmission.

All Spectras come with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that has double overhead camshafts featuring continuously variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder. This engine makes 138 horsepower at 6,000 rpms, and puts out 136 ft-lb of torque at 4,500 rpms. The Spectra's engine delivers a satisfactory feel, and with the easy-shifting five-speed manual, we were very pleased with the acceleration.

The LX is modestly equipped, though it does have some unusual standard items, such as automatic headlights and a tire pressure monitoring system. Of particular note is the fact that all Spectras come stocked with front, seat-mounted, and front and rear side curtain air bags.

The Spectra's center console gets high praise. It offers a nicely padded top that works well as an armrest. It is the more modern, dual-level design. But the cleverest feature is a small, sliding pass through from the top to the bottom. This is sized just perfectly to allow a 12-volt charger plug to pass from the top to the bottom and into the 12 volt receptacle inside the lower portion: a small but thoughtful touch.

The EX trim adds four-wheel disc brakes, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, air conditioning, and remote keyless entry. The SX adds an extra bit of sport to the family sedan. Alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a number of exterior visual enhancements complement the tuned suspension that makes for a stiffer ride. The seats are covered in "sport cloth trim," and they offer very good support. The side bolsters do a decent job of holding you in place, yet they aren't so prominent that entry and exit were a problem. Metal pedals, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel complete the package.

The Spectra5 is equipped in the same manner as the SX sedan, only with more cargo flexibility.

Notable options include air conditioning on the LX; alloy wheels, cruise control, and a rear spoiler on the EX; and ABS, a six-disc CD changer, and a power sunroof on the SX and Spectra5.

Model News

The 2007 Kia Spectra has few changes over the 2006 model, but the additions are handy ones. Added for the new year are a remote trunk release and an auxiliary power outlet. A tire pressure monitor is now standard, and the audio system features an input jack for portable digital media players.

Value Writeup

The 2007 Kia Spectra offers a lot of car for not a lot of money. Available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, the Spectra also has a fair amount of room for a car in its price class. The Kia warranty is one of the best in the business, and the Spectra's fuel economy can reach 35 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
30 MPG

Cruising Range - City
322.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
23 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
420.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
6.3 qts

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
97.0 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
42.8 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.1 in

Front Hip Room
52.4 in

Second Head Room
38.2 in

Second Leg Room
35.4 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.9 in

Second Hip Room
53.9 in

102.8 in

Length, Overall
177.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
68.3 in

Height, Overall
57.9 in

Track Width, Front
58.9 in

Track Width, Rear
58.5 in

Min Ground Clearance
6.3 in

Trunk Volume
12.2 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2919 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x 6 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 6 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.3 ft

Brake Type

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.8 x 1.0 in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.0 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.0L DOHC MPFI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

P195/60R15 tires

15" x 6" steel wheels w/full wheel covers

Engine speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr front disk/rear drum brakes

Body-color body-side moldings

Body-color rear garnish w/chrome accent

Clear-lens headlights w/auto-off feature, chrome bezels

Body-color mirrors

Tinted glass w/windshield sunshade band

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

Front bucket seats w/driver seat 6-way adjustment

60/40 split-folding rear seat

Cloth upholstery w/door panel inserts

Center console w/padded armrest & dual storage areas

Dual 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 12V pwr outlets in center console

Dual visor vanity mirrors w/covers

Dual map lights w/sunglasses holder

Dome lamp w/delay-out

Garment hooks

Cargo area lamp

City 27/hwy 33 (2.0L engine/5-speed manual trans)

Driver & front passenger advanced front airbags

Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

3-point front seat belts-inc: pretensioners w/force limiters, height-adjustable anchors

(3) 3-point rear seat belts

Rear child safety door locks

Rear child restraint upper & lower anchors (LATCH)

Internal emergency trunk release

Impact-absorbing steering column

Side-impact door beams






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