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2009 Kia Spectra Consumer Reviews

3.9
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Great Value

by from Maine on November 12, 2010

I love this car. I've had no issues with it whatsoever. I think it has a good look both inside and out. Good Gas miles. It's always ready to go. I like all the little features and it feels like all th...
I love this car. I've had no issues with it whatsoever. I think it has a good look both inside and out. Good Gas miles. It's always ready to go. I like all the little features and it feels like all the other cars in it's class(civic, corolla, sentra) it's just less money with a better warranty. I'm very pleased with it. I'd buy it all over again.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Great economy car!

by from Greensburg PA on November 1, 2009

First KIA for me and very impressed by all the included features. I have had other similar: Toyota, etc and I love this one especially for the money. I got an extended warranty up to 100,000 b to b fr...
First KIA for me and very impressed by all the included features. I have had other similar: Toyota, etc and I love this one especially for the money. I got an extended warranty up to 100,000 b to b from when I purchased it for only about 1 grand more. Impressed with the way it handles and comfort inside. We have smaller and larger drivers and both like it. Had over 6 months now and plan on another KIA.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Best value for the money

by from Parsippany NJ on March 17, 2009

This is one of those cars that has a better overall rating than you would think. I bought one for my daughter's college commute. It is filled the bill perfectly. Great safety features, good comfort an...
This is one of those cars that has a better overall rating than you would think. I bought one for my daughter's college commute. It is filled the bill perfectly. Great safety features, good comfort and economy, easy to drive and a superb value for the $. There are better cars, but you will find none better within 5k of this price. If the US could do this car at this price I would by US....sadly they don't.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Best car I have ever had!

by from Sheboygan, WI on January 6, 2009

You need to give this car a chance. I took some advice from a friend and took a look. I couldn't be happier with my new Spectra. I got the SX version, which is the sportier model and the hatchback. I ...
You need to give this car a chance. I took some advice from a friend and took a look. I couldn't be happier with my new Spectra. I got the SX version, which is the sportier model and the hatchback. I love the extra room the car offers, plus the gas mileage has been great. I run alot on the highway and a vehicle with this much versatility and 30 plus mpg was very important to me. Everyone has different experiences and mine has been great, I have no complaints at all. The car runs great, looks great and drives great. Why would I buy a 3 year old car for the same as a new one with a 10 year warranty?
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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good car off the lot, better once you toy with it

by from denton, tx on December 24, 2010

test drove mazda 3, cobalt, scion xA and xB, and caliber but chose this car. i got the LX base model for a great price, brand new. they car had moderate styling, performance, and comfort but with a li...
test drove mazda 3, cobalt, scion xA and xB, and caliber but chose this car. i got the LX base model for a great price, brand new. they car had moderate styling, performance, and comfort but with a little tweaking this car became one of my favorites ive owned so far. new wheels and tires, exhaust and intakes this car became quite fun to drive. along with adding new struts it became nice to take around those sharp turns. all of this achieved at a minimal amount of money. this car is fine of the lot with its economy and warranty, but depending on what YOU want, it can be made into a fun little machine.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

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First impression

by from Paso Robles,CA on April 5, 2009

I had bought the Rio (2008),six months ago,and didn't like the vibration at 65-75 MPH on the highway.Just traded it in for the Spectra,and after 3 days of driving 450 miles for work,I'm really enjoyin...
I had bought the Rio (2008),six months ago,and didn't like the vibration at 65-75 MPH on the highway.Just traded it in for the Spectra,and after 3 days of driving 450 miles for work,I'm really enjoying the quieter ,smoother ride. The Rio was sitting in the driveway for months,and this Spectra is on the road every day.I'm pleased with the difference.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Inexpensive transportation

by from Terra Alta, WV on February 11, 2015

I bought my car new 5 years ago. I went shopping for a used Corolla and I came home with a new Kia. The car isn't very "sexy" but it is practical. The 5 yr 60000 mile BB warranty and 100000 mile power...
I bought my car new 5 years ago. I went shopping for a used Corolla and I came home with a new Kia. The car isn't very "sexy" but it is practical. The 5 yr 60000 mile BB warranty and 100000 mile power train warranty are nice to have. I choose a manual shift because it makes it feel a little sportier and it was $1000 less. The car has adequate power and I can get good gas mileage (25-30 mpg). I have a base model but it has AC, CD/AM/FM with AUX jack, cruise control, power windows and locks, and power mirrors. There are a few negatives. The paint scratches easily and the doors have a "cheap" sound when you shut them. The seats tend to get uncomfortable on trips over an hour in length. The cabin is rather noisy at highway speed and the gear ratios cause the engine to run at higher RPM when going 70 mph on the interstate. Conclusion. If you are looking for an inexpensive car to put miles on and you don't care about status/image, then this is a good car for you. I have had 5 years and 60000 worry free miles. If you are looking for an exciting car that you love to drive, you should probably look else where. I don't regret my decision to buy this car but I do find it a bit boring.
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Uses car for Commuting

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good car for teen

by from Dallas, TX on June 20, 2012

We bought this car for my daughter, she loves it. It was preowned, but in good condition. It drives nice and gets good gas mileage. We hope it last her through college and into her first job.
We bought this car for my daughter, she loves it. It was preowned, but in good condition. It drives nice and gets good gas mileage. We hope it last her through college and into her first job.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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2009 Kia Spectra - What a find!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on May 6, 2011

i found this website by accident and the car we ended up buying was the first on the list - very low mileage, 2 owners, no accidents, great condition. we drove from PA to Ohio to get it - well worth t...
i found this website by accident and the car we ended up buying was the first on the list - very low mileage, 2 owners, no accidents, great condition. we drove from PA to Ohio to get it - well worth the trip. very few body blemishes, immaculate interior - super value for the price. great car for our daughter at college, especially with kia's warranty.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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2009 kia

by from tx on August 22, 2011

very impressed by all the included features. I would recommend this vehicle to a friend good look both inside and out. Good Gas miles
very impressed by all the included features. I would recommend this vehicle to a friend good look both inside and out. Good Gas miles
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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