(4.4) 8 reviews
MSRP: $183$6,531
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 28
Engine: 124-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2004 Kia Spectra

Our Take on the 2004 Kia Spectra

Our Take

Kia’s sporty four-door hatchback offshoot of the front-wheel-drive subcompact Sephia sedan was introduced for 2001 and earned a face-lift the next year. These changes also carried over to the Sephia, which altered its name in 2002. It was renamed the Spectra sedan.Other than making a tachome... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Uncertain reliability
  • New model expected soon
  • Frontal-offset crash-test rating
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • 124-hp engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD layout


Our Expert Reviews

A respectable automotive appliance Kia Spectra is solid, quiet, inexpensive, but AC is optional. When it comes to nameplates that elicit burning passion and desire, Kia is certainly not among them. Burning passion? Maybe at Kia's corporate offices. Of course, Kia knows where it stands in the automotive food chain and, in a bid for some credibility, sponsored the music group, Sugar Ray... Read full review for the 2004 Kia Spectra

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Consumer Reviews


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First Car

by iceabaton from PA on January 28, 2012

This is my first car, given to me by a family member. I love my little Spectra: I get ~30 mpg with it and drive 40 miles a day to college. I have driven a bunch of other's cars at this point and the S... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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