2005 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Dismal fuel economy

2005 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

132 Total Reviews

Spectra5 Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Dismal fuel economy
By Reg Rothwell on


2005 Kia Spectra Spectra5 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Generally, nice car. Ranked higher than others in the same price range and body style (Sport suspension and 4- wheel disc brakes led me to choose it over the others). However, gas mileage is terrible (26 mpg with 1 person; 21 mpg with 2 people - consistently so for 42,000 miles). Of course, Kia is unwilling to address the problem. Totally defeated the purpose for buying the car. Adding to the problem, it requires 91 octane.

Best Features

Sport suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes

Worst Features

Attain advertised highway fuel economy
Recommend (0) (1)

Are you the author of this review?

Update Your Review
Report it
Comments (1) Post a Comment
By ignee64
on 08/15/14 06:38 AM (PDT)

I don't want to be rude ,but when you look at the manual for the 2005 Kia Spectra it says that you can put 87 octane in it. I just read through it to make sure. So I don't know what else is right on this.

Report it
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.