Kia Spectra Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Kia Spectra Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 0 recalls, 1 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 111 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2009 2009 Kia Spectra 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 4 (picture) 4 4
2009 2009 Kia Spectra 5-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 4
2008 2008 Kia Spectra 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 4 (picture) 4 4
2008 2008 Kia Spectra 5-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 4
2007 2007 Kia Spectra 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 4 (picture) 4 4
2007 2007 Kia Spectra 5-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 4
2006 2006 Kia Spectra 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 4 (picture) 3 4
2005 2005 Kia Spectra 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 4 (picture) 3 4
2003 2003 Kia Spectra 4-DR Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 3 (picture) 3 4
2002 2002 Kia Spectra 4-DR Not Rated 4 (picture) 4 3 (picture) 3 4

Fuel Efficiency

Kia has manufactured models of Spectra for 7 years. They average 25.0 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2009 Spectra above average at 26 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2009 Spectra to be $1,500 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $250 more over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The Spectra consumes about 13 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2009 Kia Spectra 26 30 23
2008 Kia Spectra 27 32 24
2007 Kia Spectra 26 32 23
2006 Kia Spectra 25 30 22
2005 Kia Spectra 25 31 21
2003 Kia Spectra 22 27 19
2002 Kia Spectra 22 27 19

MPG breakdown by model options

The Kia Spectra has 14 different model options on record with the EPA since 2002. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2009 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2009 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 30 23
2008 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 30 23
2008 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 27 32 24
2007 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 30 23
2007 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 32 23
2006 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 22
2006 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 30 22
2005 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 30 22
2005 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 21
2003 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 29 21
2003 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19
2002 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 29 21
2002 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 27 19