After driving two beloved Jaguar XJ's and two old Cadillacs, I decided I needed a modern economy car. I did research for at least a year. I concluded that the value was with the Hyundais and the Kias....
After driving two beloved Jaguar XJ's and two old Cadillacs, I decided I needed a modern economy car. I did research for at least a year. I concluded that the value was with the Hyundais and the Kias. I considered the smallest car they offered, but with the current rebates it made sense to go one size up and getter a better car, with equal or better mileage, for equal or less money. I now own a Kia Spectra EX, automatic, 2007.
This car amazes me. It has characteristics that car reviewers seem to miss or ignore. For modern driving in modern conditions on modern roads, I want a car that is quiet, smooth, and peppy. I am a car enthusiast, but really...when do you drive like a race car driver? Car reviewers simply place way too much emphasis on extreme handling characterisitics. This is of no use to the average car buyer, and actually makes a lot of car reviews very deceptive.
This KIA is QUIET. It is one of the quietest cars I have ever been in. It is nothing short of amazing. The road noise that one encounters on our worn-out freeways is not an issue for this car. The excellent radio/CD player can be listened to at low levels. Noise fatigue on a long trip is minimal or non-existent.
This KIA rides SMOOTHLY. It handles perfectly well for rational driving, and it handles bumps and road imperfections wonderfully. I love the way it rides, even after being used to my 4500 pound Jags.
This KIA has plenty of power. It really takes off from a start, and it has plenty of passing power.
I also have a Toyota Prius, which cost a little more than twice what I paid for my KIA, and I like the KIA better. The KIA is tighter, quieter, better riding, and has a better quality interior.
The reputation for Korean cars is changing rapidly, at least in the Seattle area, and the resale value of these latter-day Kias is no longer a problem.
The MSRP has to be considered along with the willingness of the dealers to offer discounts and the rebates from the factory. When you add these three factors together, my KIA Spectra saved me a LOT of money over a Civic or a Corolla. Reviewers tend to put these cars in the same price group, but really there is so much difference!