We bought this Kia Spectra SX for my daughter as her first car. The car has all the things that were important to her such as sporty apparance, sunroof, and the all important auxillary stereo input jack. What was important for us as parents was safety, reliability, and value. We all got those things in this model of the Spectra. The SX has many options upgrades such as ABS brakes, alloy wheels, leather driver accents, body styling accents, airbags everywhere, and upgraded upholstery. The car is very fuel efficient and seems to be well built. It is fun to drive although it is by no means a performance vehicle. The engine is strong enough for normal driving maneuvers but it is not going to tempt drivers to use it as a race car. For our needs of a nice first car for our daughter the Kia Spectra SX works very well.
My Kia Spectra wasn't even on the list to test drive because I thought Kias were cheap cars and I was looking for a more stylish car. I just happened to pass by this blue one and the spoiler and tinted windows caught my eyes. I had been test driving for so long that I knew whether a car was going to work the second I sat in it. This theory definitely applied to this car. I was surprised to find the car had lot of get up an go, but breaks work just as well too for those unexpected moments on the road. On that note, great gas mileage too. I do a lot of highway and city driving mixed throughout the week and so far my max is 380 miles to a tank. That is amazing! The overall comfort is great. I only wish there was a different lever to adjust my driver seat. It sort of pumps you up and forward at the same time or down and away from the steering wheel. There is also a lot of storage space to eliminate car clutter. The car also has a nice appearance inside and out, which met my high standards for style (I like the spoiler on mine). The a/c and radio controls are also on the sporty side. I don't feel that I can speak for quality because I have only had the car for a few months. If it means anything, it still has that new car smell, the paint hasn't chipped off....and no repairs what so ever. Now, when I hear value I instantly think you have to lower your standards, but I really didn't. Because I bought used I wasn't really losing anything because someone else had already driven it off the lot for me and this vehicle had all the extras like auxiliary outputs and adapters to charge electronics, plus tinted windows and rear spoiler. Of course it had side curtain air bags throughout the car and the passenger front air bag turns off (and a light turns on telling you so) when there is not enough weight applied. A/c and defroster as well. I don't know how much of this is tailored to a vehicle, but those safety features are difficult to come by at an vehicle price. Hope this helps.
We purchased a 2008 Kia Spectra and immediately upon driving it thought this was a great car, it handles very well and has alot of leg room in the back seat. Our Spectra has everything you'd want inside, air, CD, power window & door locks, and locked gas cap, and gets about 32 MPG and that was a great selling point for us. Kia has great warranty packages that cover 10 yrs or 100,000 miles and also include free car washes for life when ever you want and you can get free oil changes also, all you pay is for the oil, its the best car we have bought in a long time and we highly recommend the Kia and we loved it so much we bought another one for my husband, the Rio, its alittle smaller but better on gas and handles very well, great little car for the money.