2005 Kia Spectra

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9 reviews
Available Price Range $1,150-$7,038 Trims3 Combined MPG 29 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2005 Kia Spectra

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise on hard acceleration
  • Acceleration with automatic
  • ABS optional
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • FWD layout
  • Three trim levels


Our Expert Reviews

Perhaps there's something gratifying about finding a diamond in the rough, or a little uncharted territory when everyone seems to be walking in the same direction.Case in point: The 2005 Kia Spectra.Kia? Am I kidding ya?Not at all. No apologies here, but Kia is really something to consider.Priced at less than $14,000 in base versions, and available with a slew of standard features and inte... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 9 reviews

Solid Value in a Fun Sedan

by H20SkiNut from Superior, WI on November 18, 2006

I own two, an auto 2004.5 I bought new for my son in medical school and a standard shift 2005 I bought used, with low miles. I have added 16 inch low profile tires and a strut bar in the front of the... Read Full Review

3 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 3 recalls for this car.

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