Although a failure early on in the economy vehicle market, the Kia Spectra has improved. The birth of its own hatchback model made the news and could have possibly been exactly what Kia needed in order to compete with the Japanese compacts. The Spectra5 joined the 2007 Kia Spectra lineup and the sales went up from that point on.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon, hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Kia Spectra LX, Kia Spectra EX, Kia Spectra SX, Kia Spectra Spectra5
The 2007 Kia Spectra sedan has exterior tweaks with a few interior improvements such as a tire-pressure monitor and an input audio jack as standard features.
The 2007 Kia Spectra has a cute style and comes in a sedan body style along with a hatchback called the Spectra5. All Spectras have a rear defogger, intermittent wipers, and all-season tires. The LX and EX feature 15-inch alloy wheels and the sportier SX has 16-inch wheels. Fog lights and a rear spoiler spruce up the SX’s exterior. Several optional packages provide various additions such as a sunroof or upgraded trim accents.
The Kia Spectra looks simple and functional with controls placed effectively for convenience. The cubbies for storage and cup holders make good features, especially when carrying a family with children. The base LX includes just a few features, but the EX has keyless entry, rear cup holders, air-conditioning, and full power accessories. The upper-level 2007 Kia Spectra SX includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, cloth seats, cruise control, and metal interior accents.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Kia Spectra's handling feels pleasant and very comfortable to carry passengers to parties or on vacation. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder gets 138 horsepower with 136 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, but a four-speed automatic provides an option for all but the LX. For families concerned about saving money on gasoline, it makes a good choice. The four-cylinder delivers a sufficient amount of torque for city driving but creates a bit of noise during higher revs. The SX features a much softer ride and tighter handling than others in the segment, though. Overall, it makes a good choice for drivers who like to save money and get a quality sedan at the same time.
The 2007 Kia Spectra attracts attention in the area of safety, as well. The long list of safety features built into the sedan make it an even better purchase for the lower price. Standards include curtain airbags, front airbags, and a tire pressure monitor. Optional additions on the SX include anti-lock brakes. Government crash tests give it four stars for front-impact protection, but only three stars for rear crashes. Also, the IIHS gives the Spectra a score of ""Acceptable"" for frontal-offset crashes and a ""Poor"" rating for side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Kia Spectra LX: 23/30 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra EX: 25/34 mpg city/highway
Kia Spectra SX: 25/34 mpg city/highway
- Well-designed cabin
- Low price
- Adequate storage
- Numerous cup holders
You Won't Like
- Noisy engine
- Low test scores
- Anti-lock brakes available on one model
- Soft suspension
Respectable, with a terrific warranty, but newer competitors provide more features.
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