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Pros: Smooth ride, not much road noise, and stereo
Cons: Front Effects
Advice: Get something in writing on the front effects. My wife went through some running water and effects came off.I truly like the ride of the vehicle and the stereo system. The lines of the vehicle are a lot nicer than the other vehicles I've driven. I bought the automatic and it shifts nicely. I live in the north west and I would definitely would make sure you watch your front effects trim. I only have 1200 miles on the vehicle and the trim has come off. I've contacted KIA and the regional manager won't replace it due to some scuffs on the bottom. I've had more than 20 cars and I'm truly disappointed with the fact that KIA won't replace it. There's obviously something wrong with this piece of equipment. Other vehicle reviews have already given notice to this problem and I believe this should be corrected or taken off all together
Pros: A 4 cylinder engine that thinks it's a 6 cylinder!
Cons: Too pricey for the Sunroof and cruise control options.
Advice: When you test drive it, punch it once! Then test drive the others like it, and then you'll know the difference!I have owned mine for 6 months and have put 13,000 miles on it. This is the best car I have ever owned. I have had absolutely no problems. In fact, I get close to 40 MPG - 7 miles higher than the sticker rating! The sport tuned engine even impresses my truck owning co-workers, and I have definitely made others take another hard look at Kia. It's smooth on road trips, has more than enough pep to deal with tough entrances on accelation lanes, and the crisp handling has saved me from quite a few scary accidents - including a close call from where an 18 wheeler ran me off the road.
Pros: The sporty look
Cons: The interior almost makes this car look like a couch on wheels.
Advice: Pay close attention to the warranty because I don't think anyone else can match it.It was a big pleasure to finally test drive a little car with this much power. I was sold on the look and not to mention the warranty, believe me with a warranty like this one you won't go wrong. I was very fortunate to be able to find one in red with a five speed manual transmission, that there is what sporty is all about. I do have to say that the shifter could use some work but it does the job.
Pros: Cabin interior.
Cons: Cheap looking seat fabric.
Advice: Give this car a good consideration over the boring Honda's/Toyota's or more expensive Mazda.Pleasantly surprised with this car. Looked at it because I thought the Mazda3 and RAV4 were too expensive. However, I actually like the ride of this car better than the RAV4 and the looks of the interior better than the Mazda3 and RAV4.
Pros: The shifter look and feel!!
Cons: HUGE tail lights.
Advice: Dont be taken advantage of with the price!!I wanted to make everyone aware that I bought this car a week ago and I payed 14,100 with sunroof (moonroof if you prefer)and cruise control so don't be taken advantage of!! There are 3 problems so far (1)Rear right passanger speaker blew, (2) Some body rust (Im sure this is not a Kia problem, just a poor paint job), and (3)the cruise control stoped working at 600 miles. Other than that it is a good vehicle nice ride, good fit and finish, could be a bit more comfortable, but it is still a good car, seems like it will last a while. Love the shifter, (hard time getting into reverse). Let me know if anyone else has similar problems!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: Overall look and feel of the vehicle.
Cons: The paltry 23 MPG that I am getting.
Advice: Ask your dealer what they will do if you get unacceptably low gas mileageLike others, I had a list of about six vehicles which I was considering. I almost drove by the KIA dealer but something made me pull in and take a look. I ended up leaving with a Spectra5. I was impressed with the styling, solid feel, features, interior space, warranty, driving qualities, and price. My complaint at this point is that I am only getting 23 miles per gallon. That is the same gas mileage my tired '94 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 3.1 L and 150k miles was getting under the same driving conditions. Since another reviewer indicates getting 33 MPG, I definitely think something is not right with my Spectra5. Overall, I am having fun driving my Spectra5 and feel like I made a good purchase.
Pros: the looks
Cons: they should get rid of the big light at the top indicating if a passanger is in the passanger seat to disabled if vacant
Advice: I think this is a great car and a warranty to back your entire ownership of the car which usually lasts around 5yearsI researched for month between the focus,matrix,mazda3 and chevy cavalier. Kia spectra5 won hands down compared to price,warranty,style and enjoyable driving. The take off speed in this car is fast and holds up to speed being it's a lighter car with a 4 cylinder 2.0 DHOC(dual overhead cams) with cvvt transmission which smooths out the changing of gears you can hardly tell, sometimes i think it's a v6 in fact there was more take off speed in mine than that of my mothers toyota camry. I love the heated side mirrors and lots of available room and it was very affordable even with moonroof,cruise remote keyless entry and 6 airbags front,side and curtian