Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 29, 2007


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. correspondent Tom Lankard reported from Northern California, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Southern California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Kia Spectra LX ($13,495); EX ($15,495); SX ($16,595); Spectra5 ($16,595)
Engines:138-hp 2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Transmissions: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):ABS
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Hwasung, South Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Kia Spectra EX ($15,495)
Standard equipment: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
Options as tested (MSPR):automatic transmission ($1,000); alloy wheels ($360); cruise control ($250); carpeted floor mats ($80)
Destination charge:$600
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$17185
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):138 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):136 @ 4500
Transmission:four-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:27/35 mpg
Wheelbase:102.8 in.
Length/width/height:176.4/68.3/57.9 in.
Track, f/r:58.9/58.5 in.
Turning circle:33.2 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/52.4/42.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.2/53.9/35.4 in.
Cargo volume:12.2 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link with Chapman struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:6.3 in.
Curb weigth:2767 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 29, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-333-4542 -