2006 Kia Spectra

  • 2006 Kia Spectra EX Sedan

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2006 Kia Spectra Review

Lacks sporty dynamics and comfort features, but offers more at a lower price.

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The 2006 Kia Spectra classifies as a four-door sedan manufactured by Kia Motors America. The hatchback version of the Spectra is named the Spectra5. The origin of the Spectra can be traced to the Kia Sephia, a compact sedan manufactured by Kia Motors. The company initially named Sephia’s five-door hatchback version the Spectra. However, in 2002, it dropped the Sephia name for the Kia Spectra.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Spectra LX, Kia Spectra EX, Kia Spectra SX

What's New

The 2006 Kia Spectra makes very few refinements and additions. The EX also comes in a deep ocean blue color. Some of the new additions include cruise control for the EX, a standard cabin air filter, and floor mats. The new automatic transmission, which provides an option in the 2006 Kia Spectra, gets much lighter. In 2006, Kia also drops the base LX and features such as rear disc brakes and fog lamps leave the EX. The SX incorporates a new cruise control system.


Built on a 57.9-inch wheelbase, the 2006 Kia Spectra stands 68.3 inches tall and has an overall length of 176.4 inches, with an overall width of 68.3 inches. Designers have tried to make the Spectra look upscale by adding several features, such as body-colored front and rear bumpers and power-heated body-colored door mirrors. The metallic body paint and body-side molding lends a distinctive look to the Spectra. Although not the best design in its class, the 2006 Kia Spectra looks pleasant and draws a lot of attention.


The interior offers ample headroom and legroom for rear and front occupants. The cabin layout looks simple and all controls seem logically arranged and easy to reach and use. The quality of material used in the interior reaches above average. Designers give adequate attention to the front seats. The seats feel downright comfortable, providing enough leg, hip, and shoulder room even for a large adult. The rear seats come generously cushioned and also offer adequate legroom. With a vast selection of trays, pockets, containers, and bins to stow items, the interior of the 2006 Kia Spectra is a pleasure to behold.

Performance & Handling

The two-liter, four-cylinder engine generating 130 horsepower comes standard in all Kia Spectras. The engine produces enough torque for travel in and around town, and driving feels comfortable even in freeway traffic. Buyers can choose from a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The engine lacks refinement as it becomes a bit noisy at mid-range rpm. For an economy car, the ride quality delivered by the 2006 Kia Spectra is excellent. The well-tuned suspension absorbs a majority of bumps and grooves.


Although the 2006 Kia Spectra has not received high safety ratings like other Kia vehicles, it still comes across as a safe car. It includes a good list of safety features such as front and rear head airbags, two front headrests, dual front side-mounted airbags, rear-door child safety locks, ventilated front-disc and solid rear-disc brakes, front seat belt pretensioners, front and rear height-adjustable headrests, and child seat anchors. All of these safety features come standard in both trim levels.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Spectra: 22/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Excellent warranty
  • Ample storage space and comfort features

You Won't Like

  • Buzzy and weak engine at higher rpm
  • Soft handling
  • Trunk capacity

Sum Up

Lacks sporty dynamics and comfort features, but offers more at a lower price.

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