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2007 Kia Spectra

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2007 Kia Spectra Review

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In the crowded subcompact car field, the Kia Spectra sometimes falls off the radar screen. That's a shame, because this little four-door has a lot to offer, including a host of standard safety features that are either optional or unavailable on rival cars. Sharing its underpinnings with the Hyundai Elantra, the Spectra touts its own sporty good looks with bright exterior paint, body-colored door handles and available body-colored mirrors and racy alloy wheels. The Spectra's 2.0-liter engine doesn't exactly inspire spirited driving, but it is a miserly consumer of fossil fuels.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a high-value car and you like the Kia Spectra's more expressive styling, this is a lot of vehicle for not much money. And you might especially appreciate the sprightly demeanor of the SX version.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the recently documented quality improvements made by at least one Korean automaker have you expecting absolute top-tier refinement, you might be disappointed.

What's Significant About This Car?

Minor updates to the interior and exterior mark the Spectra's major changes. A tire pressure monitor is now standard, as is an auxiliary audio input jack.

Driving the Spectra

Driving Impressions We drove the sporty Spectra SX model that features a more tightly tuned suspension than the EX version. Like the Spectra5 hatchback with which it shares its performance...

modifications, we found the SX more fun in the corners than many other cars in this category.

In EX trim, expect a smoother highway ride in place of that enhanced cornering ability (although the SX rides nicely enough itself). In any case, the four-cylinder engine delivers responsive acceleration and enough power to make the four-speed automatic a perfectly valid option. With the manual transmission, the shift lever functions adequately enough but the action feels awkward and unrefined.
Favorite Features

Smart Styling
Contemporary, attractive styling makes the Spectra easy on the eyes, inside and out.

Six Standard Airbags
It's nice not having to decide whether to pay more money for extra airbags.

2007 Kia Spectra Details
2007 Kia Spectra photo Interior

Nicely designed, and using materials as good as one would reasonably expect in this price range, the Kia Spectra is a decent place to spend a commute. Most would find the rear-seat accommodations acceptable for even a longer road trip. Aesthetically, the only blemish is an AM/FM/CD player that isn't physically or stylistically well-integrated into the otherwise cohesive interior.

Exterior
2007 Kia Spectra photo

Improved exterior styling is a big factor in the recent surge in the appeal of Korean vehicles. The Spectra features large, jewel-like headlamps that highlight sharply styled sheet metal in a vehicle that in no way resembles Kia's first entry in this country, the Sephia (of which the Spectra is a direct descendant). The sharp crease running from wheel to wheel adds a degree of design sophistication, similar to the side treatment of Mercedes-Benz's new CLS-Class.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Spectra LX comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (the only powerplant available in the lineup), a five-speed manual transmission, AM/FM/CD sound system with six speakers, tilt wheel plus a full complement of airbags including front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags. The EX trim adds air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry and four-wheel disc brakes. The SX trim adds a sport suspension, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal interior trim.

Optional Equipment

Options for the LX trim include air conditioning and carpeted floor mats, while the EX can be equipped with an automatic transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. Options for the SX are limited to a power moonroof, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and a six-disc CD/MP3 changer.

Under the Hood

The Spectra's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine employs continuously variable valve timing to produce 138 peak horsepower—and it often feels stronger than that. City and highway acceleration is brisk, and fuel economy is very good.

2.0-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 (manual), 27/35 (automatic)

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2007 Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 319 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

good commuter car

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "quick responsive handles like a dream sporty"

Cons: "none really"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

showing off to the truckers they honked me off the road to check out my car

"this car has been one of my favs over the yrs but now its just to young looking for me im getting older and the car seems to stay the same even looks better over the yrs it seems like they built this to last with time overall the look the drive the feel of the engine its no little weak car its very fast and very reliable i love my car"

showing off to the truckers they honked me off the road to check out my car

my kia spectra always ready

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"i got my kia spectra in 2008 i never i have any problem always i do the service on time and drive from jersey to arizona round trip last year and still feel confident on my car"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My second Spectra and I have been very happy !

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great gas mileage, good to drive, easy to park/see"

Cons: "Road noise and VERY small around big trucks!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My highway mileage using cruise controls and no rabbit starts yielded 40+ miles per gallon all my driving. In town (smaller towns) was 35 and in big cities with all the starts and stops and waiting was 30+. Only reason I am selling is that I need a larger vehicle for long trips away from home. Am staying in the family though as this manufacturer's warranties and products are great!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

My best friend

By on Sunday, February 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My very first car, very attached to it. Pros: drives great, spacious interior, nimble exterior, spacious trunk, great gas mileage even after all this time, handles all weather well, great value, you get more than you pay for. Cons: temperamental about cheap gas (only if there is water in the gas, this has been a problem in recent years) break lights replaced by recall, antenna doesn't reach as far of stations as other cars. All in all best car I could ask for."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great med-small car, great mileage, fun to drive

By on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car, great milage and fun to drive"

Cons: "wish it had leather seats, lol"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"It has been a great little car that holds a lot more then most think it will. We are trading after 2 years for something larger as we travel from N.H. to Florida twice a year. We have always loved wagons and want another. This is a great small wagon hatchback type car, just too small for our needs right now."

My First Brand New Car

By on Monday, December 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great Price, Zippy, Good Acceleration, Reliable"

Cons: "No Fog Lights in EX, Seats Get Dirty Easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I got this car brand new in 2009. It was my first brand new car and I was extremely excited! This car has gone above and beyond the call of duty. I feel absolutely safe when driving it. It zips in and out of city traffic with ease. Acceration is more than you would expect."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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