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2001 Kia Spectra Overview
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Kia's latest American offering is the Spectra hatchback, introduced last year as a sportier and more versatile version of its flagship Kia Sephia compact sedan. The 2001 Spectra comes in two trims, the base GS and the more sports-styled GSX. Both are powered by a 125-hp, 1.8-liter I4 engine and standard 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed auto tran is also available. Dual front airbags are standard, but ABS brakes are optional.
The 2001 Spectra features few new additions this year. A tethered gas cap comes with the GSX, and both models get dual vanity mirrors and a coin holder. While the GS is very base, with only intermittent wipers, a radio, and tinted glass, the GSX gets a rear spoiler, side sill extensions, air dams, sports cloth seats, a leather wrapped wheel, a rear window wiper, air conditioning, and power windows and locks. Most of these are options for the GS. Rear seats split-fold 60/40, providing an 11.6 cubic foot cargo area in this hatchback. What gives the 2001 Spectra an appealing look is that it is shaped more like a stylish sedan with a sloped rear roofline. The only hint of a hatch comes when you open the liftgate.
Also new this year is Kia's 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain and 5-year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which includes unlimited roadside assistance. Combined with the affordable price tag, that makes the 2001 Spectra an attractive purchase for families on a budget or first-time car buyers, like college students. Owners report decent gas mileage, and they love the huge trunk for a compact. The ride and handling feel smooth and precise. Unfortunately, Kia was still working out the quality kinks, and the 2001 Spectra is in the repair shop a lot. Other problems include cheap plastic parts that break easily, a dinged up exterior, peeling paint, and slow acceleration when the air conditioning is on or the car is loaded up.
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