The 2007 Kia Spectra is a good quality compact with very good fit and finish. Styling is sharp and distinctive. Power and economy mesh well. Comfort and convenience are fully featured. We could drive one of these every day and be happy. The Spectra SX promises a sportier driving experience, while the Spectra5 delivers the added utility of a hatchback.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Tom Lankard reported from Northern California, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Southern California.
Model Line Overview
Kia Spectra LX ($13,495); EX ($15,495); SX ($16,595); Spectra5 ($16,595)
138-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
five-speed manual; four-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
dual two-stage frontal airbags; dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags; full coverage side-impact curtain airbags; three-point seatbelts at all five seating positions; height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters; rear-seat child safety seat anchors; internal emergency trunk release
Safety equipment (optional):
5 years/60,000 miles
Hwasung, South Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Kia Spectra EX ($15,495)
cloth upholstery; air conditioning; AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers; six-way manually adjustable driver's seat; power windows, mirrors and central locking; tilt steering wheel; 60/40 split folding rear seat; delay-off interior lighting; heated outside mirrors
independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar
independent, multi-link with Chapman struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of November 16, 2006.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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