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Kia Spectra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Kia Spectra

  • With its lengthy equipment list, high-quality interior and better-than-average performance, the Spectra sedan and hatchback are an excellent low-cost alternative to a Honda Civic or Toyota Matrix.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, spunky engine, well-finished interior, standard side-curtain airbags, excellent warranty.

  • Cons

    Obtrusive engine noise at high speeds, ABS not available on LX model.

  • What's New for 2005

    A five-door hatchback model dubbed the Spectra5 joins the lineup, along with a sporty SX sedan. Both models come with a front spoiler, black mesh grille, black headlight bezels, upgraded tires, 16-inch alloys, side sills, rear valance panel and rear spoiler. Inside, there is leather wrapping for the steering wheel and shift knob, gray sport cloth upholstery, metallic trim pieces and metal pedals. A sport-tuned suspension is also included, and models with a manual transmission get a front strut tower bar as well.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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2 years with the new

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I got the 2004.5 in March of 2005. The paint is easily marked with fingernails at the door handles. Visibility is excellent with the height adjustable drivers seat. The 4-wheel disc brakes are very good. The manual shifter is a bit sloppy, and takes some getting used too. Service at the dealer has been very good. I also got a very good deal without having to negotiate, paying the advertised price with several thousand dollars off the sticker.




Is that a kia!

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I've owned it for 10 months now. This car cost $14k! It will still be convincing if it cost $20k. It is so hard to criticizing my car. It is smooth, powerful, stylish, well equipped and cheap. That's a good deal. BUT... it's noisy and needs a stronger engine.




Kia

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

This is my very first new car ever! I just love it. It's easy to maintain--great on gas and easy to wash. Cleans up fast and interior is easy to keep clean also. Mine is ice blue -- sometimes it looks grey and sometimes it looks blue -- really neat!




Dependable

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Good car for the price. Very dependable, great warranty. Not the best gas mileage, but definitely for the price. I'd have to say this is the best sedan under $15k that you can find. Handles well. 2 liter engine gives it a little pep and it handles nicely on the highway and just around town. Good interior and spacious back seat (as far as a backseat in a sedan goes). I'm 6'3" and there is plenty of head and leg room in the front seat. Revs up a little much when switching gears, especially when going fast.




Great value

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

The cost $9450. almost $2700 below invoice. Took a test drive and immediately bought it. People are saying it gets bad gas mileage. I put mobil 1 oil in it after having driven 600 miles. I get 40 mpg on the road and 32 mpg overall town. I happy with it except the high speed of the engine during shift changes.




Excellent

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Vehicle: 2005 Kia Spectra LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

It's a great car and has a lot of pep for a mid size car. Love the color ice blue. Looks grey sometimes and blue sometimes. Gets really good gas mileage and the very first new car I've ever had.



Full 2005 Kia Spectra Review

What's New for 2005

A five-door hatchback model dubbed the Spectra5 joins the lineup, along with a sporty SX sedan. Both models come with a front spoiler, black mesh grille, black headlight bezels, upgraded tires, 16-inch alloys, side sills, rear valance panel and rear spoiler. Inside, there is leather wrapping for the steering wheel and shift knob, gray sport cloth upholstery, metallic trim pieces and metal pedals. A sport-tuned suspension is also included, and models with a manual transmission get a front strut tower bar as well.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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