2008 Kia Spectra Consumer Review: Great car and a great value

2008 Kia Spectra - Consumer Review

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

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Great car and a great value
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2008 Kia Spectra EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Bought new last summer. Great build quality and materials, especially at this price. Have previously owned 8 Hondas and 2 Mazdas, and this Spectra easily compares to them. My EX w/manual transmission has averaged 31 in mixed driving (65/35 city/hwy), well over the 23/30 EPA rating. Shopped the '08 Civic, Mazda3, Corolla, Elantra, and Cobalt.

Best Features

Quiet in town and on the hwy. Great mpg. Fun to drive with smooth manual transmission. Great stereo w/aux jack for my oldest son's MP3 player. Roomy and comfortable enough for road trips with my wife and 2 kids.

Worst Features

Only 2 things: (1) Make anti-lock brakes available on all trim levels. (2) The manual height adjuster on the driver's seat tips the seat forward as it goes up. It would be nice if the seat itself stayed level.
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