• (3.8) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,238$6,534
  • 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
2006 Kia Spectra

Our Take on the 2006 Kia Spectra

Our Take

Kia introduced a redesigned Spectra compact sedan as a late 2004 model. The new Spectra was larger than its predecessor and featured more power and six airbags.Fitted with variable valve timing, the Spectra's 2.0-liter four-cylinder develops 138 horsepower (or 132 hp in Super Ultra Low Emiss... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Engine noise during hard acceleration
  • Acceleration with automatic
  • ABS not standard
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • FWD layout
  • Sporty SX model available


Our Expert Reviews

I learned to drive in a Jeep, a very old Jeep. My father wanted to be sure that I could drive a difficult stick shift, change a tire, change the oil, and engage a manual 4-wheel drive system. Sounds pretty girly, huh? I am really glad that I posses those skills, but the only one I use with any frequency is being able to drive a car with manual transmission. For me, however, having an automatic ... Read full review for the 2006 Kia Spectra

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 17 reviews

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spectra-happy..way big bang for the buck

by kia-konvert from ny on February 22, 2011

needed a car fast last yr to come in at a really reasonable price (so-31/2 yr old used), looked alot but wasnt concidering a 'kia'thought it would be too cheaply made compared to the competition but l... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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