2007 Kia Spectra

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Kia Spectra. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Fuel economy
  • Driving ease
  • Headroom
  • Price

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2007 Kia Spectra

  • Restyled for '07
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Sporty SX model available

2007 Kia Spectra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
For 2007, Kia has updated front and rear styling — including the grille, bumper, lights and deck lid — on its compact Spectra sedan. Interior changes include a restyled dashboard, new seat fabrics and an upgraded audio system. Thanks to the modified exterior, the Spectra adds about an inch of length over the 2006 model.

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 (132 hp in Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle form).

Trim levels include the base LX, uplevel EX and sport-tuned SX. The SX has similar equipment to the Spectra5 hatchback.

The Spectra5 hatchback received similar styling changes for 2007. It's listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.


Exterior
On the Spectra LX and EX, freshened exterior elements include the grille, bumper, lights and deck lid. The Spectra SX features a new face with integrated ground effects, a bright exhaust finish and redesigned wheels. Overall length increases 0.8 inches for the LX and EX sedans, and 1.2 inches for the SX.

Kia promotes the Spectra's sculpted appearance and the more aggressive look it has over many of its rivals. Large, angular headlights flank the grille. Full-length body creases are meant to impart a sense of motion.

Spectras have a four-wheel-independent suspension and fr...
Vehicle Overview
For 2007, Kia has updated front and rear styling — including the grille, bumper, lights and deck lid — on its compact Spectra sedan. Interior changes include a restyled dashboard, new seat fabrics and an upgraded audio system. Thanks to the modified exterior, the Spectra adds about an inch of length over the 2006 model.

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 (132 hp in Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle form).

Trim levels include the base LX, uplevel EX and sport-tuned SX. The SX has similar equipment to the Spectra5 hatchback.

The Spectra5 hatchback received similar styling changes for 2007. It's listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.


Exterior
On the Spectra LX and EX, freshened exterior elements include the grille, bumper, lights and deck lid. The Spectra SX features a new face with integrated ground effects, a bright exhaust finish and redesigned wheels. Overall length increases 0.8 inches for the LX and EX sedans, and 1.2 inches for the SX.

Kia promotes the Spectra's sculpted appearance and the more aggressive look it has over many of its rivals. Large, angular headlights flank the grille. Full-length body creases are meant to impart a sense of motion.

Spectras have a four-wheel-independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars. EX sedans roll on 15-inch tires.

A sport-tuned suspension with 16-inch wheels is used on the Spectra SX sedan. The installation of a strut tower bar is said to improve handling.


Interior
Interior updates include new metallic accents and revised seat fabric. The audio system adds an auxiliary jack for iPods or other MP3 players, and a six-CD changer is optional on the Spectra SX.

The Spectra sedan holds five people on front bucket seats and a 60/40-split, folding rear seat. Trunk space totals 12.2 cubic feet.

Air conditioning, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and heated power mirrors are included in the EX sedan. Extra features in the SX sedan include a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, aluminum pedals and metal-finish trim.


Under the Hood
The Spectra's 138-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder teams with a standard five-speed manual or the optional, revised four-speed automatic transmission. In the five SULEV states, Spectras with the old automatic have an environmentally friendly SULEV rating, but that engine is rated at 132 hp.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Similar to earlier import-brand models, the Spectra steers with a pleasantly light touch and maneuvers smartly. This is a generally enjoyable car that exhibits no more body lean than other sedans in its league, but it lacks a feeling of tight control. The tires aren't likely to squeal when cornering, though the Spectra might "plow" through curves.

On most surfaces, the ride is satisfyingly smooth. The SX sedan is tauter, with no penalty in ride comfort.

Acceleration reaches past adequate with an automatic transmission, but passing yields a lot more blare than response. Kia's easy-shifting manual gearbox works with little effort and helps extract the most power from the engine.

The seat bottoms are short, and cushioning feels adequate but not abundant. You get plenty of headroom, elbowroom and legroom. Scalloped front seatbacks help give backseat riders more knee space than some small cars offer.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Good car for the price

by Sara22 on February 3, 2018

This car was purchased for my teenage daughter and is actually the second 2007 Spectra for her. The first one she totalled when she hit a semi on the interstate. Amazingly her and my other daughter ... Read full review

(5.0)

Super Reliable Car

by Rick?s Car from Battle Ground on October 30, 2017

This was my daughter?s car in High School. It was super reliable, handled great in snow of Northern Idaho and get excellent gas mileage. Non Smoker Car, No Accidents, Great Condition. She got a newer ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Kia Spectra currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2007 Kia Spectra has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Spectra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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