Review 2 of 16|
from Arapahoe KIA
Year / Model Reviewed:
2009 KIA Spectra SX
Peppy engine with a wide torque band. The 5 speed manual matches the engine well and shifts fairly well but not a good as a Honda manual. Fuel economy is very good with 36+ mpg on the highway at 75 mph and around 28- 30 mpg in town. The SX trim adds wider 16" tires, stiffer springs, a bigger anti-roll bar and a front strut tower brace all of which improve handling quite a bit at the expense of some harshness on bumpy roads. The bucket seats in the SX are firm but provide good support. The interior is fairly roomy for a compact 4dr sedan and two adults can sit in the rear seat without great discomfort. The SX exterior trim, aluminum wheels, and coppermine red color add visual appeal and make it look like a more expensive car. The build quality is good and there have been no squeaks, rattles, or problems in 21,000 + miles. It cruises smoothly on the interstate at 75 -80 mph.
ABS not standard. Mine doesn't have ABS that's probably why I got a deal on it. Engine is a somewhat noisy at full throttle and high RPM. Ride with the SX suspension is a bit harsh on bumpy roads Paint is a little prone to scratches and the faux chrome trim on the hood wrinkled a bit after a month. Resale value isn't good but I plan to keep it till 100k miles or beyond. OEM radio is not very good and the speakers are average at best.
The SX with the 5 speed manual is economical, peppy, handles well for an economy car, and can be a bit of fun to drive. It is a very good value for $13,500. When the OEM tires wear out I'll upgrade to high quality all season tires for hopefully even better handling.
Similar Products Used:
2005 Dodge Neon SX. 2002 Honda Accord EX.