The Kia Spectra is a 4-door hatchback, sedan offered in a 4dr Sdn Auto EX, 4dr Sdn Auto LX, 5dr HB Auto SX, 4dr Sdn Man LX, 5dr HB Man SX, 5dr HB Auto EX and 5dr HB Auto LX. The powertrains include 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp), 1.8-liter 4 (145 hp) and 2.0-liter 4 (173 hp) engines, and 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions. It is Front wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 25 mpg city to 36 mpg highway. The Forte uses Regular fuel.
Last Model Reviewed: 2014
Reviewed Kia Spectras from Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:
- 2014 Kia Spectra sedan LX 4-cyl
- 2011 Kia Spectra sedan EX 4-cyl
- 2010 Kia Spectra coupe SX 4-cyl MT
Subscribers get complete access to Kia Spectra Ratings. Subscribe Now
Owner's Satisfaction Survey
Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?"
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the vehicle's published retail (base) price, without options, destination charge, or other fees. The Invoice Price is printed on the dealer's paperwork from the manufacturer. However, this amount is often more than the dealer actually paid for the vehicle. The Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price subtracts any dealer sales incentives, holdbacks, and rebates from the dealer-invoice price to give you a good starting point for your negotiations.
Reliability History & Common Problems
How are cars holding up? The reliability history charts give you the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest subscriber survey, these charts give you a rundown on how 2004 through 2013 models are holding up in 17 areas, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. Learn more about car Reliability