2006 Kia Spectra Overview

Spectra

Looking for a Used Spectra in your area?

CarGurus has 1,265 nationwide Spectra listings starting at $1,900.

ZIP:

Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.

ZIP:

Trims

EX
Avg. Price: $5,494
LX
18 national listings
Spectra5
Avg. Price: $5,937
SX
Avg. Price: $5,252

Kia Spectra Experts

#1 Christina Ruggiero
Christina Ruggiero
Reputation 310
#2 Jeffrey Foster
Jeffrey Foster
Reputation 220
#3 Todd Warnke
Todd Warnke
Reputation 170
View All

Have you driven a 2006 Kia Spectra?

Rank this car!

Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 16 reviews

Spectra To Be Or Not To Be by Cathy
 — my sons car seat doesnt fit very well on either side it has to go in the middle handles corners nice either that or its my driving lol mileage okay could be better in the city other than that good ... Read More
More Then You Expect. by Dustin
 — out of the 150,000kms on it a good 20,000 are sideways K's. Never breaks down, goes 240km/hr, cost less then $20,000 only things done to it mechanically is brakes and fluids.(TIRES!!! lots of tires) I... Read More
Kia Spectra5 2006 by Tangentjude
 — 2006 Kia Spectra5 purchased new currently mileage 35K. All options available including anti-lock brakes and moonroof. Acceleration is adequate for the size of engine even fully loaded. Gas mileage 30 ... Read More

2006 Kia Spectra Overview

Overall User Score

4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.25

Based on 16 reviews

2006 Kia Spectra

Kia has come a long way over the years, improving its quality and refinement, while boosting safety features and retaining the overall economic value of its cars.  The 2006 Kia Spectra is a popular compact economy car for its combination of great fuel economy, surprising roominess, and perky handling around city streets.  There are minor changes for 2006, including a redesigned auto tran and standard cruise control on the sporty SX sedan and Spectra5 wagon.

The 2006 Kia Spectra comes as either a sedan (LX, EX, and SX) or Spectra5 hatchback.  All have a 2.0-liter, 138-hp I4 engine.  A 5-speed manual is standard across the line, and a 4-speed automatic is offered on all but the LX.  As the base model, the 2006 Spectra LX comes with few standard features beyond air conditioning, cloth seats, and a tilt steering wheel.  The EX greatly expands its feature set, offering full power accessories, keyless entry, a CD player, and heated mirrors.  Both the SX sedan and the Spectra5 wagon are more sports-oriented, with a stiffer suspension, sport seats, bigger 16-inch wheels, front and rear spoilers, leather steering wheel, blacked-out grille, and foglights.  A sunroof and ABS brakes are optional only on these two trims.  

All of the 2006 Spectra models come with split-fold rear seats and six cupholders.  Dual front-side and side-curtain airbags are standard for all trims.  The Spectra5 folds down to offer up to 52.8 cubic feet of space.  Though the 2.0-liter engine is noisy when revving up to high speeds on the highway, the overall handling is light and sporty, making it a zippy city car.  At 25/34 mpg, it's also an economical car too.  Drivers of the 2006 Spectra overwhelmingly love the cheaper trips to the gas station.  They also like the price tag of the Spectra and the generous legroom.  Criticisms point out the underpowered engine (especially for the sporty SX) and unhelpful dealers.

Updated

What's your take on the 2006 Kia Spectra?

People researching a 2006 Kia Spectra contacted a dealer about

The 2006 Kia Spectra
Kia Spectra
17% of the time
Honda Civic
10% of the time
Toyota Corolla
8% of the time
Nissan Altima
6% of the time
Spectra
Looking for a Used Spectra in your area?
CarGurus has 1,265 nationwide Spectra listings starting at $1,900.
ZIP:

Kia Spectra Questions

jenjee
0

Where Is The Fuse For The Headlights

2 views with no answers yet
JaneJ
0

My 06 Kia Spectra It Sounds Like Someone Is Under My Hood Tapping On It And...

tapping sound sometimes under the hood and then it will make a grrrrrr sound....? Now my engine light is on

305 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)
denisdegen
0

How Long To Replace A A/c Compressor On A 2006 Kia Spectra

479 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)
DBlunt
0

2006 Kia Spectra The Speedometer Lights And The Air Controls Do Not Work Wh...

826 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)
lmartin223
0

My Keys Are Locked Inside My 2006 Kia Spectra How Can I Get It Unlocked Wit...

935 views with 3 answers (last answer about a year ago)