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Kia Spectra - The Spectra has been designed to impress even the most demanding drivers and passengers.

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The 2008 Kia Spectra.

The Spectra has been designed inside and out to impress even the most demanding drivers and passengers.

With its sleek body design, finely tuned performance and handling, and outstanding fuel efficiency of up to 32 mpg***, Spectra is the perfect blend of style and substance.

Spectra's many standard features include class-leading interior space**, an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and an auxiliary audio input jack for MP3 devices. Plus, its sporty 2.0-liter engine puts out 138 horsepower--more than competitors like Toyota Corolla**.

Also standard: peace of mind. Spectra has earned the five-star crash safety rating in frontal driver and passenger crash tests, from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and comes with Kia's comprehensive 10 year/100,000 mile warranty program.

Pure pleasure behind the wheel and peace of mind. It's easy to see why the Spectra is miles ahead of the competition.

***Based on 2008 EPA highway estimates. **Based on comparison of 2008 models. *Government star ratings are part of the (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with side-impact air bags (SABs).


Type2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder, iron block and aluminum head
Valve gearDOHC, four valves per cylinder, Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
Displacement1,975 cc
Compression ratio10.1:1
Horsepower (SAE net)138 bhp @ 6,000 rpm, 132 @ 6,000 rpm (SULEV)*
Torque (SAE net)136 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm, 133 @ 4,500 rpm (SULEV)
Transmission5-speed manual, overdrive
Electronically controlled 4-speed automatic, overdrive

Wheelbase102.8 in
TrackFront: 58.9 in.Rear: 58.5 in.
Length177.2 in. (LX, EX)177.6 in. (SX)
Width68.3 in.
Height57.9 in.
Ground clearance6.3 in.
HeadroomFront: 40.0 in.Rear: 38.2 in.
Shoulder roomFront: 55.1 in.Rear: 53.9 in.
LegroomFront: 42.8 in.Rear: 35.4 in.
Hip roomFront: 52.4 in.Rear: 53.9 in.
Passenger volume97.0 cu. ft.
Cargo volume12.2 cu. ft.

5-speed manual2,701 - 2,826 lbs.
4-speed automatic2,767 - 2,892 lbs.

LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive
Body typeSteel unibody
Front suspensionIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionIndependent, dual-link with struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeRack-and-pinion, power assisted
Turns, lock-to-lock2.8
Turning Circle, curb-to-curb33.3 ft.

TypeHydraulic, power-assisted vacuum 4-sensor, 4-channel ABS (optional on SX)
Front10.8-in. vented discs
Rear10.2-in. solid discs (10.1-in. drum on LX)

Tires P195/60R15 (LX, EX)
P205/50R16 (SX)

5-speed manual 23 city / 30 hwy (mpg)
4-speed automatic 24 city / 32 hwy (mpg)
Fuel capacity 14.0 (gallons)

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