2007 Kia Spectra EX Review

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2007 Kia Spectra EX Review

KIA EX 2007

A Korean Corolla?

By Purdy

TheAutoChannel.com

Detroit

The compact sedan segment of the market has not been where the is since the 60s when the new little were all the rage. Until the compacts were few – few #8211; with the best and the not necessarily the most appreciated, the Nash Metropolitan. In the 60s American attempted to cash in on the Volkswagen-inspired of small, efficient cars, with some quirky like the Corvair, Falcon and

We stopped by our favorite nursery, to check out some late annuals and gave the cargo a good test by fitting 8 big geraniums in the 12.2-cubic feet of the deep truck. Later in the I loaded it with 340 pounds of seed and water softener Once back on the road I even tell it was back

This Spectra is powered by a 2.0-liter four-banger with overhead cams and variable timing. With 138 horsepower and 136 of torque it pumps out a bit more than most of its competitors. As a is fuel mileage is just a bit as well. The EPA rates this car at in the city and 35 on the highway with the automatic transmission.

Don#8217;t let the fuel gauge you though. I thought we were about 50-mpg early in the when we drove 150 miles the gauge moved off full. we hit the half-tank mark on our way into the mid-week with 300 miles on the odo. #8220;Wow,#8221; I thought. is great.#8221; Then we managed 150 miles on the bottom half of the tank before the #8220;low-fuel#8221; came on.

In any case, a cruising range of 450 makes me giddy. Pushing 2,800 pounds is easy, I

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The standard P195/60-15-inch Goodyear look plenty big on this thing and are quite grippy. I it hard through some this week and couldn#8217;t get a squeak or a chirp. Of course the considerable body lean me reluctant to push too hard. handling is fine though.

fully independent suspension and shocks all around, it#8217;s no sport sedan but for its genre is to the road well. If you like you might want to take a at the new Spectra5 Hatchback. It has firmer and dampers, sportier chassis larger wheels and lower tires.

It#8217;s also cooler

Safety features are state-of-the-art for cars with air bags all including front seat-mounted impact air bags as well as the front bags and side bags protecting front and passengers. NHTSA has given its top 5-Star Frontal Crash Rating.

This little four-door, transverse-front-engine, front-wheel-drive lists for a base price of according to the Kia Website.

The lesser LX model starts at The sticker on our test car shows a price of $15,895 #8211; it#8217;s our automatic transmission makes the difference. The only on our tester is cruise control at

With a $600 destination fee the line is $16,745 #8211; not cheap as little sedans go but reasonable considering its content. are: power windows, mirrors, AC, AM/FM/CD audio 6 speakers and auxiliary audio 60/40 split rear tire pressure monitor, disc brakes, the full of airbags, 6-way adjustable seat, power door tilt steering column just about everything really needs.

Kia still offers the 10-year/100,000-mile warranty that gave it and company Hyundai legitimacy in the US

As you#8217;re looking at Corolla, Elantra, Lancer, Mazda3 and little cars you probably to add Spectra to your list. hundred miles on a half a of fuel ain#8217;t bad – if it is the bigger half of the tank.

© Purdy, Shunpiker Productions, All Reserved.

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