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2002 Kia Spectra

Kia Spectra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 126 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Kia Spectra

  • The Spectra will never be called a great car, but for some, it might prove to be a good bargain.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low base price, responsive steering and nimble handling, available hatchback configuration, killer warranty.

  • Cons

    Lackluster engine performance, cheap interior materials, dearth of refinement, Kia's initial poor quality reputation.

  • What's New for 2002

    The Kia Sephia has officially been renamed the Spectra sedan. Got that? So now, there's the Spectra hatchback and the sedan; they've always shared mechanicals, so no big change there. The sedan will now sport some exterior styling cues borrowed from the five-door version.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Kia specrta gsx

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

All and all this car is great for the money, the performance of this car is amazing in my eyes. Fun to drive, with its rated 125 horsepower, add a little aftermarket adjustments this car could have a great future. never had a problem for the engine. now at 109,000 miles still drives like brand new!!!!




What do you want from

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Sometimes problematic on cheap stuff, but overall fun and economical car to drive and own. Hesitation/surges when warmed up, dealer says "normal" but I say "not". Heard there is a fix but have not found it yet. Would keep car for comfort, economy, price.




Possible problems

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Problamtaic Car. I have had nothing but problems with this car. Had all 4 door sensors replace, throttle plate replaced, ORGR valve recall, seat belt unlatches, transmission problems they cant seam to fix, rear hatch seal wont stay on, cheap interior materials, already show wear, rear hatch never opens with release. Overall needed a inexpensive reliable car, and although it has never left me stranded, will NEVER buy a kia again, or from the dealership (taylor kia) in toledo.




Spectra -economy and practicality

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought the car in late 2001, it is my first new vehicle. At the time I was a single mom carting around two boys and all of their junk as well, the car has been reliable and who would not love the 10 yr. warranty. The only problem I have had lies in the hatch release, it works sometimes other times it jams completely. It has been serviced twice relating to this issue and continues to be a problem. All in all I am very happy with the Spectra, it was in my price range and has served me well.




I am alive

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

On May 1, 2003 I lost control of my car (my fault) traveled 30 feet off the road through a barbed wire fence, two tree and slammed into a utility pole head on at 70 mph and came to rest 150 on the other side of the pole. Three hours after the wreck I was at home resting with only a scratch on my elbow. Amazingly, NOTHING on the inside of the car moved from the impact. This car did save my life.




Kia vs honda

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Vehicle: 2002 Kia Spectra GSX 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I researched for 5 mos.I wanted a Honda Civic. And was able to buy the Kia GSX with all of the same features for $3,600 less! Gas mileage exceeds what they post. In town I can get up to 29mpg. On the hwy have even gotten up to 33 mpg! I get loads of compliments and questions on it. Some people think it's a BMW, with its styling.Terrific driving performance.



Full 2002 Kia Spectra Review

What's New for 2002

The Kia Sephia has officially been renamed the Spectra sedan. Got that? So now, there's the Spectra hatchback and the sedan; they've always shared mechanicals, so no big change there. The sedan will now sport some exterior styling cues borrowed from the five-door version.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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