With the ever rising cost of gasoline, the compact car is having a huge impact on the new car consumer market. While Honda, Toyota, and traditional American brand compacts Garner more attention, don’t overlook the 2009 Kia Spectra. Not only is it a compact car, it is also a sedan, not just a coupe like some other makes. And starting at $13,500 the price is hard to beat. All of the models are built on a front wheel drive, 2.0 liter four cylinder engine platform. Coming in with eight trim levels including two hatchback wagons, consumers have a wide variety of the Spectra to choose from. All models come with standard dual front, and side impact air bags. The two LX model Spectra’s do not offer anti-lock brakes. The remaining models have anti-lock brakes as an option.
The base model LX Spectra comes with a five speed manual transmission. The base LX comes with few options such as air conditioning and a rear spoiler. The standard options are not that impressive either. Featuring a single cd stereo, and tilt wheel are the most impressive of the options. There are no options listed for power windows or door locks. The Spectra does however provide a decent fuel economy of 23 mpg (miles per gallon) city and 33 mpg highway.
The second level LX version of the Spectra starts at $14,500 and comes with a standard four speed automatic transmission. This model again offers air conditioning and a rear spoiler, along with a remote starter as options. The standard features are weak, offering tilt wheel, and a single cd player, as the best standard equipment and there is no listing for power windows and door locks. The automatic transmission does provide a modest boost in fuel economy to 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
The base model version of the EX Spectra starts at $15,500 and offers a five speed manual transmission. The options on this model are a little better, offering four wheel anti-lock brakes, along with a sunroof, 15 inch alloy wheels, and rear spoiler. Power windows and door locks are equipped, combined with cruise control, air conditioning, and the single cd stereo system. Fuel economy stays the same as the base LX at 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
The base SX version of the Spectra Uses the five speed manual transmission and comes with a decent array of standard equipment, starting at $16,500. Rear spoiler, power windows and doors, heated mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, and the single disc cd player are all standard. Optional equipment includes a six disc cd changer, sunroof and four wheel anti-lock brakes. The fuel ratings of the base SX are 23 mpg city, and 33 mpg highway.
The second level EX comes with a standard four speed automatic transmission, and starts at $16,500. Optional equipment changes little from the base ex only adding a remote starter. Standard equipment changes very little from the base EX. Fuel economy has a slight improvement to 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway due to the automatic transmission.
The second level SX Spectra comes with four speed automatic transmission, and starts at $17,500. The optional equipment again only adds a remote starter to the options list. The standard equipment has no changes except for some cosmetic enhancers. Fuel economy increases to 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
The SX base starts at $16,700 and comes with a five speed manual transmission. The higher version SX wagon comes with a four speed automatic transmission, and starts at $17,700. Both versions come with almost identical optional and standard equipment. Options include four wheel anti-lock brakes, cd changer, sunroof and remote starters. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows and doors, cruise control and premium upholstery. The manual transmission version gets 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, while the automatic transmission gets 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.