2008 Kia Spectra

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14 reviews
Available Price Range $2,232-$8,436 Trims3 Combined MPG 26 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Kia Spectra

Our Take

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 g... 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


Our 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

Consumer Reviews

4.1 out of 5

Based on 14 reviews

Kia Spectra has been good for me

by Jay from Phoenix, AZ on September 11, 2010

I have been pleasantly surprised over the past two years with the Spectra’s very good performance. Family and friends have never complained about Spectra, whether we are on long or short trip.

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


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

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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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