2006 Spectra New Car Test Drive
If you're looking for strong value in a compact package, you've come to the right place. The Kia Spectra is a nice little car. It represents one of the best values among compacts, with an impressive list of safety equipment for its modest price.
Styling is sharp and distinctive. Its cabin is roomy and pleasant with a modern design and nice-quality materials and good fit and finish. Everything is easy to operate. It gets an EPA-estimated 25/34 mpg City/Highway yet produces peppy performance.
Kia Spectra is an all-new car, totally re-designed and re-engineered late in 2004. New models have been added to the 2005 Kia Spectra line that add fun and versatility, including a sporty SX sedan and a new five-door hatchback called the Spectra5.
Safety features are impressive: The Spectra comes with a full complement of airbag supplemental restraints. In addition to the mandatory dual frontal airbags, the Spectra's front-seat occupants are protected by seat-mounted side-impact airbags; while full-coverage side curtain airbags protect both front- and rear-seat occupants.
The 2005 Kia Spectra line has doubled in size, with the addition of the new Spectra SX sedan and Spectra5 hatchback. Four models are now available.
All models are powered by a 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual; a four-speed automatic is optional ($975-$1,000). LX, EX, and SX are four-door sedans. Spectra5 is a five-door hatchback. All are front-wheel-drive compacts that can seat up to five passengers.
LX ($12,700) is the base model and comes with a short, but interesting list of comfort and convenience features. Among them: auto-off headlights, four-wheel disc brakes, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM/CD six-speaker stereo, and a six-way adjustable driver's seat. Outside mirrors are manually adjustable and windows have hand cranks. Air conditioning is optional ($960).
EX ($13,850) adds air conditioning, power windows, heated power mirrors, power central locking, remote keyless entry, and fog lights. Fifteen-inch aluminum wheels (replacing 15-inch steel wheels) are optional ($360).
SX ($14,995) features a sport-tuned suspension with a strut-tower bar, 16-inch aluminum wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and unique interior and exterior trim.
Spectra5 ($14,995) is equipped identically to SX, but is a five-door hatchback instead of a four-door sedan.
Optional on the EX, SX, and Spectra5 are anti-lock brakes ($400), cruise control ($250) and a power tilt moonroof ($700).