2004 Kia Spectra Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2004 Kia Spectra - Road Test Specs

2004 Kia Spectra Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2004
StyleEX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$13,750.00
As-tested MSRP$14,930.00


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeDOHC inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)133@6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)136@4500
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent
Suspension, rearIndependent
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle LS
Tire size, front195/60R15
Tire size, rear195/60R15
Brakes, front4-wheel disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)8.4
0-75 mph (sec.)12.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.47@84.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)36.09
60-0 mph (ft.)139.65
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)33.2
Sound level @ idle (dB)Low
@ Full throttle (dB)76
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)73

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Kia Spectra is faster than you would think for an economy car. The car feels quick even without a radar gun tracking it, and high 16s in the quarter mile are impressive for a sub-$15k car. The powerband is very broad and flat, especially for a four cylinder. The ev limiter kicks in at 6500 rpm, which feels right and the shifter itself works well, although its not very sporty. We couldn't find anything wrong with this car, and while that doesn't really sound like a compliment, when you have a vehicle in this price range and can say that there isn't anything wrong that's impressive. The engine has enough torque to burn serious rubber off the line, and we improved our performance numbers by launching at high rpm. Nicely setup drivetrain.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWith no ABS, we were braking the old fashioned way. Pedal pressure is progressive and relatively easy to modulate. Tires lockup a little easier then they should, but they're very small with a small contact patch. The Spectra is evenly balanced front to rear, and the proportioning seems to be fairly well dialed-in. Unfortunately it doesn't have ABS, but for an economy car the numbers aren't terrible.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsWhile this isn't a performance car, it was very easy to figure out and understand its handling dynamics. Pulling sub-seven second times after just a few runs is a testament to the car's predictability. the steering benefitted from good weighting and ratio, the tires are very progressive, and the car is totally predictable. With solid power under foot, it was easy to get it up to 60mph. n The way it behaved and the numbers it pulled were in sport sedan territory, or at the very least pocket rocket numbers. Very impressive for $14k car. -- Karl Brauer

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)25 City 32 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2701
Length (in.)176.4
Width (in.)68.3
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)102.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.8
Legroom, rear (in.)35.4
Headroom, front (in.)40
Headroom, rear (in.)38.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12.2


Bumper-to-bumper5 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain10 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years / unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesOptional
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Avaliable
Traction controlNot Avaliable
Stability controlNot Avaliable
Rollover protectionNot Avaliable
Emergency assistance systemNot Avaliable
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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