(4.6) 10 reviews
MSRP: $1,092$6,812
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 29
Engine: 132-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2005 Kia Spectra

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 for the 2005 Kia Spectra

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Consumer Reviews


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Great car for the money!

by Porky082 from Phx, AZ on October 5, 2006

I was in a desperate situation, and needed to buy a car for under 15k. So, I went to Kia, and decided to settle for the new model kia in 2004(a 2004.5 model). Anyway, it's 2 years later, and I have ye... 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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