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2005 Kia Spectra Review
A competitive buy for its league.
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The 2005 Kia Spectra has a sedan body style with a total of three versions available. This sedan includes a long list of equipment installed on the three different versions, with some higher tier models having more than the others. The interior material quality proves better than the average Kia and the fuel economy seems efficient compared to some other, more expensive, competing sedans.
This car seems a little bit spunkier than the Kia Spectra5, which provides the wagon version available with many of the same features and equipment. With side-mounted airbags, extra safety can be found in the Spectra when compared to less-accessorized Kias. The engine sounds a little bit louder than some like when cruising at highway speeds. The least expensive model, the LX, also lacks anti-lock brakes, so it may be worth the higher price to purchase a more expensive version for the higher quality and extra safety features.
Engines: 2.0-liter 132-horsepower four-cylinder, 2.0-liter 138-horsepower four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Kia Spectra LX, Kia Spectra EX, Kia Spectra SX
The Kia Spectra SX makes a new addition to the Spectra lineup for the 2005 model year. Some of the features of the SX includes a front spoiler, a rear spoiler, a mesh grille, headlight bezels, better tires, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a rear valance panel.
The EX and SX include heated power rear-view mirrors that do not appear on the less-expensive LX. All three versions use a four-door body style. The rear spoiler provides an option for the LX and EX, but on the SX the rear spoiler comes standard. The power moonroof on the EX and SX comes at an extra cost and remains unavailable for the LX, along with keyless entry which comes standard on the other models. Fog lights come standard on the EX and SX and a rear window defroster remains available on all three variations. The EX and LX feature 15-inch steel wheels with a spare steel wheel and the SX uses 16-inch alloy wheels with a spare wheel. All three variations of the 2005 Kia Spectra come with an inside-mounted, all-season spare.
The 2005 Kia Spectra seats a maximum of five. The rear seat has a split-folding seatback and the front uses bucket seats. High-quality cloth upholstery improves comfort. Leather trim can be found on the steering wheel and shift knob of the SX, but the leather shift knob remains an option in the ES and LX while the leather steering remains unavailable in both.
A number of convenience features include air-conditioning at an extra cost in the EX, but it comes standard in the LX and SX. All three variations have a tilt steering wheel and power steering. Power front windows come standard on the LX and SX at no extra cost, but remain unavailable in the EX. The audio system has a single-disc CD player and six speakers and all other features of the audio system also look identical. One 12-volt outlet sits in the front of the cabin of all three Spectra models.
Performance & Handling
Steering feels light and responsive in this sedan, making the Spectra easy to handle for everyday use. The body lean found in the 2005 Kia Spectra compares to that of competing sedans in the same league. Even with sensitive steering, there is not a sense of having tight control of the vehicle. The SX has a better, tighter suspension and does not sacrifice any of the comfort. With an automatic transmission, acceleration proves satisfactory and allows for easy passing and easier merging. The manual gearbox feels easy to shift and uses the engine’s power effectively of a fun drive. The 132-horsepower, four-cylinder engine sells in five states and delivers a little bit less power, but it still performs almost the same. The 132-horsepower engine has an excellent environmental safety rating for consumers who like to buy green.
With the exception of the fog lights and anti-lock brake system on the SX and LX, all three variations of this 2005 Kia Spectra include the same safety features. Dual front side-mounted airbags along with the more common front and rear head airbags come standard. Whether anti-lock brakes remain optional, all three models have ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Spectra EX 132 horsepower: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra LX: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra LX 132 horsepower: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra SX: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra SX 132 horsepower: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Leather trim in LX and SX
- Efficient fuel economy
- Environmentally safe model engine
- Responsive steering
- Comparable ride to competitors
You Won't Like
- No anti-lock brakes on the EX
A competitive buy for its league.
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