2008 Kia Spectra  -  $13,545

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $13,545
Base Invoice: $12,995
Destination Charge: $650
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 23 | Hwy: 30
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC CVVT 16-valve I4 engine

Model Highlights

All 2008 Kia Spectra models are powered by a 138-horsepower 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder engine, and available with either a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission. With the standard manual transmission, the Spectra gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway.

Both the sedan and hatchback have a very roomy interior with more passenger volume than most other small sedans its size, but the Spectra5 boasts additional passenger and cargo versatility. With its 60/40-split back seat folded forward, the Spectra5's storage capacity can be expanded to 52.8 cubic feet.

The Spectra and Spectra5 come with front seat-mounted side air bags and full-length side curtain air bags. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard across the model line, but anti-lock is optional. Spectra also have a four-wheel independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in front and a dual-link arrangement in back, for a balance between ride comfort and responsiveness. Road noise is also well isolated--more so than most other small cars.

The base LX model comes with a six-way-adjustable driver's seat, tilt steering column, a rear defroster, and dual 12-volt power outlets. EX and SX models come better equipped, with popular equipment such as remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and power windows and locks.

The top SX sedan model--along with the Spectra5 hatchback, which is only available in SX trim--adds a sportier character, including a sport-tuned suspension and front strut-tower bar for more responsive handling. SX models get 16-inch alloy wheels, sport-cloth seats with matching door panel inserts, metal-finish trim, metal sport pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

As with other Kia models, the Spectra is backed by longer warranty coverage than is typical. A five year or 60,000 mile limited warranty covers the entire vehicle, then ten years or 100,000 miles for powertrain. Five years of 60,000 miles of roadside assistance are also included.


Low base price; plenty of interior space; refined ride; long warranty.

Model News

A six-speaker CD sound system with auxiliary input jack is now standard across the 2008 Kia Spectra model line. Otherwise, the car is carried over to 2008 with no significant changes.

Value Writeup

According to Kia, the 2008 Spectra has more interior space than the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, or Ford Focus, with an impressive 98.1 cubic feet for the five-door model. It also stands out for its low base price and generous equipment, especially the EX sedan, and for its extensive warranty coverage. The Spectra is also one of the more comfortable small cars, with a refined ride and quiet interior.

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


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
2701 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear 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 -TBD- in

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Rear Drum Diam x Width
10.1 x -TBD- in

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 CVVT 16-valve I4 engine

5-speed manual 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

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

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

City 23/hwy 30 (2.0L engine/5-speed manual trans)

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






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