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Zippy 5 speed!
Pros: 5 speed manual transmission
Cons: no cruise control, bought it usedI am amazed at how much the quality of Kia products has improved since Hyundai took them over in 2002. I had a Toyota Corolla previous to this car, and it is just as nice. I have the 4 door sedan with the 5 speed manual transmission, and it is a blast to drive! It is peppy, zippy, gets great gas mileage and has been very reliable.
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: small console
Advice: If you plan to trade in 3 to 5 years,terrible trade in valueI like power in an auto and good gas mileage which is hard to find in the same auto but was pleasently surprised with the Kia Spectra,32mpg hwy,26 city.
Pros: Everything, the stereo system is awesome
Advice: Always get the higher priced model for the additional features that are standard.I bought my Spectra new in 2006, have many miles on it. No trouble and the Billion Kia dealership in Sioux Falls is great and they go out of their way to satisfy the customer. You have to remember this is an economy car, not a fancy luxury car. I think too many people expect to buy a cadillac dirt cheap. I have driven many competitiors in the price range it competes with and hands down the best value with the warranty. I couldn't ask for a better car.
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: interior too light in color--gets dirty easily
Advice: Don't pay more than $10,000 for this vehicle --- new ---hmmm, The biggest drawback is that purchasing a KIA puts more Americans out of a job!! Why can't American auto mfrs produce a vehicle with the same quality and price? Was looking for a quality vehicle w/excellent gas mileage. Had a Mustang, & w/gas at $3/gal couldn't afford to drive it anymore. Excellent on hwy. A little 'doggie' in traffic, stoplights, etc. Interior (carpeting) too light of color. Gets very dirty easily.
Pros: Heater (it's winter here)
Cons: Its used and the rear windsheild is really darkly tinted.
Advice: Buy it new and get exactly what you want.I absolutely love my new Kia Spectra! A definate up from my last vehicle (it was a '97 Subaru Legacy Outback). The ride is amazingly smooth, the trunk space is enormous for such a small car, the interior is roomy, and it handles so nicely. I just can't get over how much I love it. My friend has a 2007 Ford Focus and she's jealous of my car. I'm so happy with this!
Pros: The roominess, quiet ride, yet strong ride.
Cons: cheap undercarpet.
Advice: See my review. Give it a serious try!I've had my KIA only about three weeks. Let's hope the fabulous warranty is truly honored and that little 'goes wrong' in the future. I'm told that past KIA problems have pretty much been remedied by KIA Company. This car is a dream at the onset--a practical dream with a bit of style. Strong horsepower for a still-little car. Great for hill-climbing. Smooth ride too. Both cute and elegant. The interior could be a bit more plush (especially the carpet), but it's nice. The interior's light beige (creamy) coloring and cloth-seats with trim in taupe-like brown -- is comforting and attractive. Carpeting is very basic, little pile, but the mats make up for it. (I added simple plastic glow-see-through mats to protect the nice 'Spectra' mats!) The tire/caps could be better quality, but they're still nice. The 'hidden' roominess of the trunk is fabulous for this size car. The sound-system is not completely top-of-the-line, though close, despite the six speakers; sometimes very good; other times, a little tinny for my 'musical taste'. CD player is usually very good. Mileage is as advertised --- mid-20's in town; mid-30's on highways. I love the roominess of the interior, and the relatively quiet ride. At stops, the engine purr is hardly noticeable ('what engine?!'). And driving -- hardly hear an engine except for a very subtle windy whir -- which is actually quite pleasant! As for resale value/depreciation: for some reason Kelley Blue Book has it depreciating about a third more than, e.g., a Toyota Corolla (yet I still prefer this KIA car). Overall, it's worth a serious try. It has uniqueness. I feel it's a car you could say you 'love', even though it's an economy car!