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.
The car I am reviewing is the Spectra SX model with a manual transmission. I had an '08 EX before this and loved it, I regretted getting rid of it, so now I am back in a Spectra. The SX has the body kit, nice wheels, low pro tires and sport suspension which makes the car so much fun to drive. I get close to 30mpg in the city and over 30 on the highway. Kia has really stepped their game up these past couple years and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
I had just moved to Tennessee from California and realized that I needed a car immediately. I had very little time to do the normal car buyer's research. I went to the CarMax dealer and from their great selection I chose the Kia Spectra for one reason: the gas mileage. I live about 15 miles from work, so good gas mileage was important for me. The Kia claimed about 34 mpg, and this is absolutely true. It is better with gas than my other car, a 2009 Honda Civic. I am so happy about this, considering the high gas prices right now. In addition, my little Kia is comfortable, reliable (so far) and it looks good! I definitely recommend this car!