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2008 Kia Spectra Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 10 reviews
After a redesign and new sport sedan version appeared in 2007, the 2008 Kia Spectra receives few updates. The four-door midsize budget sedan and Spectra5 hatchback have improved performance and appearance over the years, making them increasingly attractive choices for money-conscious drivers when combined with the 100,000-mile/10-year warranty.
For 2008, the Kia Spectra gets a new black grille with chrome trim on the base LX and upscale EX, along with a new design for the gauges and shifter. Along with the LX and EX, the SX sedan and Spectra5 hatchback offer a sportier version of the front-wheel drive Spectra, with a sports-tuned suspension, larger tires, shocks, an anti-sway bar, leather trim, ground effects, and supportive sport seats. However, the sportiness does not extend to the powertrain, as all models feature the same 2.0-liter, 138-hp inline-four engine with a standard 5-speed manual. All but the LX can opt for a 4-speed automatic with overdrive.
The base model LX starts with a CD player, clock, and tilt steering, but you have to move up to the EX to get power features and air conditioning. The small decklid spoiler is joined by a front spoiler in the SX and Spectra5. Safety is prominent for Kia, and the 2008 Spectra comes with six airbags, including side impact and side curtain for both rows. One drawback is the lack of ABS brakes, which are offered as an option only on the SX and Spectra5. Despite its compact size, the 2008 Spectra rates highly for roominess and comfort, with split-folding rear seats and a 12-cubic-foot trunk. Thanks to its high safety rating, warranty, and low price, it remains a popular and solid choice for a starter car, as long as you're not concerned about acceleration power or noticeable road noise.
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