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2009 Kia Spectra5

$5,205 — $8,925 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Maneuverability and driving ease
  • Passenger room
  • Ride comfort
  • Quietness
  • Fuel economy

The Bad

  • Engine noise on hard acceleration
  • Rear legroom for tall passengers
  • Minimal ground clearance
  • ABS not standard
  • Resale value
2009 Kia Spectra5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Kia Spectra5
  • Hatchback body style
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Sport-tuned suspension

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview
Kia's Spectra5 hatchback, which is meant to attract younger buyers, is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. A version of Kia's Spectra sedan, the SX, features equipment that's similar to the Spectra5; the Spectra sedan is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Spectra5 competes with several models in a growing market of small hatchbacks. Notable competitors include the Toyota Matrix and Mazda3 hatchback.

New for 2009
The Spectra5 adds active head restraints that tilt forward in the event of a rear collision, greatly reducing the possibility of neck injury.

Exterior
The Spectra sedan and Spectra5 hatchback are similar in appearance. They're both 68.3 inches wide, but the hatch is about 6 inches shorter at 171.3 inches long. The Spectra5 is about the same size as the Matrix, while the Mazda3 is a bit longer.
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-colored mirrors, handles and bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Power heated mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof


Interior
The Spectra5 can seat up to five people. The hatchback has a folding backseat that can expand cargo volume beyond the basic 18.3 cubic feet to 52.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Passenger volume is 98 cubic feet, which makes the hatch slightly more spacious than the Mazda3 and Matrix.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Metal-finished trim and pedals
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks with remote keyless entry
  • Optional six-disc CD changer


Under the Hood
Like the SX se...
Vehicle Overview
Kia's Spectra5 hatchback, which is meant to attract younger buyers, is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension. A version of Kia's Spectra sedan, the SX, features equipment that's similar to the Spectra5; the Spectra sedan is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section. The Spectra5 competes with several models in a growing market of small hatchbacks. Notable competitors include the Toyota Matrix and Mazda3 hatchback.

New for 2009
The Spectra5 adds active head restraints that tilt forward in the event of a rear collision, greatly reducing the possibility of neck injury.

Exterior
The Spectra sedan and Spectra5 hatchback are similar in appearance. They're both 68.3 inches wide, but the hatch is about 6 inches shorter at 171.3 inches long. The Spectra5 is about the same size as the Matrix, while the Mazda3 is a bit longer.
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-colored mirrors, handles and bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Power heated mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof


Interior
The Spectra5 can seat up to five people. The hatchback has a folding backseat that can expand cargo volume beyond the basic 18.3 cubic feet to 52.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Passenger volume is 98 cubic feet, which makes the hatch slightly more spacious than the Mazda3 and Matrix.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Metal-finished trim and pedals
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks with remote keyless entry
  • Optional six-disc CD changer


Under the Hood
Like the SX sedan, the Spectra5 gets a sport-tuned suspension.
  • 138-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four with 136 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional four-speed automatic


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active head restraints
  • Optional antilock braking system


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Love my Spectra5

by Simplicity208 from Boise Idaho on July 21, 2017

I have had my Spectra5 for many years. Throughout, it has been super reliable and has needed very little maintenance. Really appreciate that it drives the same every day - it has a few quirks, but ... Read full review

(5.0)

What Detroit should be selling.

by Rob57 from Waterford, MI on November 27, 2008

My wife and I purchased our 2009 Spectra5 three months ago. Great little/big car. By this I mean a small package with lots of interior space. The fuel economy has been great considering it's a stick ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Kia Spectra5 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Kia Spectra5 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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 Spectra5 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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