Kia Spectra

2008 Kia Spectra

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  • (4.0) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,882$8,050
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 26
  • Engine: 138-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Kia Spectra

Our Take on the 2008 Kia Spectra

The Spectra hasn't changed much for 2008, since Kia restyled the front and rear of the Spectra for 2007, giving the compact sedan a new grille, bumper and deck lid. In addition, the interior got a new dashboard as well as some other tweaks in 2007. The Spectra competes with small cars like t... 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
  • Sporty SX model available

2008 Kia Spectra Reviews Expert Reviews

Kia has come an awfully long way in a short period, moving from a brand that was pretty much nobody's first choice -- you bought a Kia if you couldn't afford, or get a loan for, a Honda or a Toyota -- to a brand that is a genuine no-excuses alternative.Like most of Kia's lineup, there's nothing spectacular about the Spectra, but there's nothing wanting, either. Handsome... Read full review for the 2008 Kia Spectra

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 21 reviews

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Good car for the price

by Visitor from on May 6, 2009

I have rented and driven this car for almost two months. My experience was very positive. Considering the price of the car you get pretty much everything you get from more favourite brands. I had 27mp... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Kia Spectra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Kia Spectra.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.


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