2008 Kia Spectra

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2008 Kia Spectra Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

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Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Car of 2008

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2008 Kia Spectra after 90-days of ownership.
  • Comfort of the 2nd row seats
  • Sound of the engine/exhaust
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2008 Kia Spectra during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Styling of the dashboard
  • The vehicle's audio system
  • Vehicle's handling on curves

Performance Specs

MPG City

23 - 24


30 - 32




4 speed, Automatic w/OD, 5 speed, Manual w/OD


Gas I4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2008 Kia Spectra Review

Redesigned inside and out to impress even the most demanding drivers and passengers the 2008 Kia Spectra and Spectra5 have everything you want in a compact vehicle. With its sportier styling outstanding fuel efficiency of up to 35 mpg and class-leading interior space the Spectra expertly blends style and substance. Spectra’s many standard features include 6-way adjustable driver’s seat 60/40 split-folding rear seats plus an auxiliary audio input jack for MP3 devices. You’ll get even more kicks behind the wheel with the Spectra SX. It's equipped with a spirited 2.0-liter 16-valve 138 horsepower engine and sport-tuned suspension. And you’ll be sure to turn a few heads with Spectra's bold trim black mesh grille and body-colored rear spoilers. Spectra gives you more than just great looks and a fun ride it also comes standard with peace of mind. Class-leading safety features like six standard airbags Tire Pressure Monitoring System and front and rear crumple zones helped Spectra earn a five-star crash safety rating. Great features unique styling and peace of mind. It's easy to see why the 2008 Spectra is miles ahead of the competition.

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