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.
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.
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.
Vehicle Price: 13,545.00
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