ABS available. Side and head air bags standard. ESC not available. ABS and ESC standard starting with 2010 Forte.
You'd have to search far and wide to find a worse new car than the Spectra. Available as either a four-door hatchback or a conventional sedan, it's essentially the same as the now-defunct Sephia. The Sephia sedan we tested suffered from an awful ride, a noisy cabin, a crude, unrefined powertrain, uncomfortable seats, and clumsy handling. Cabin materials felt cheap and insubstantial, and weak detents allowed the doors to swing shut--sometimes on a leg--when the car was parked on an incline. The Spectra sedan also received a poor offset-crash-test score from the IIHS.