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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.

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 337 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

Issues at less than 60,000 miles...

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Tranny Issues

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Fun to drive, good gas mileage, good size"

Cons: "Engine problems too early on"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This car was great until suddenly, the tranny decided to go out at just under 58,000 miles. I saw on here that I was not the only one that had to go through that. I took pretty good care of it so this was a shock to me. Good sized car for a mid-twenties someone just starting their lives out. Good for road trips and has a decent amount of pick up. I would still have this car if it weren't for the engine woes..."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This car is a very good car.

By on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,725

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great car all around"

Cons: "no problems"

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

"I bought this car when it was about 6 months old. It has been a great car. I have never had any problems. I have done regular maintenance on it since I''ve owned it. The interior is the new. I have kept covers on the seats."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

engine replaced under warranty at 60000

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive,great MPG,corners great"

Cons: "seats are low, it is tough for me to get in & out"

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

"my favorite car I have ever had.I need a SUV for my electric scooter otherwise I would never sell it!!!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Disappointing

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "It was cute, it ran well when we got it."

Cons: "No cruise, didn't age well."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"We felt that this was was unremarkable. We were disappointed to have to replace the transmission at 60k miles and learn that the power train warranty only applies to first owners. The interior has not held up as well as we would have liked; the chrome on the interior door handles has cracked and is peeling off, and has cut our fingers, the CD player no longer works, the floor covering has developed an ugly hole. The paint on the hood is badly oxidized. Now the cost of needed repairs is more than the car is worth. We maintained it per manufacturer's instructions, and feel that it should have held up better."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Nice car appearance and mechanically

By on Sunday, August 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Nice vehicle overall. Its quick and feels sporty. also looks nice from the outside and feels even nicer on the inside."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Has been a good Car

By on Saturday, August 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great Gas Mileage - Handles well in all Weather"

Cons: "Instuments hard to see in Daytime"

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

"This Car has been a joy to own. Good Gas Mileage - Low Upkeep - Has met all my needs - Handles well on any Driving Condition. Only regret, cannot buy a new one because they don't make them anymore. My Loss"

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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