What Changed for 2009:
- Minor changes for the 2009 model year
- Active headrests standard on all models
- Several option and trim changes
began supplying its Festiva and Aspire models to Ford
in the 1980s, and its Sephia
model, introduced to the U.S. in 1994, was Kia's version of the previous-generation Mazda Protg
. For many buyers, the Sephia was their first introduction to inexpensive South Korean cars. The Spectra first appeared in the 2000 model year
as a 5-door hatchback version of the Sephia. In 2002, Kia dropped the Sephia nameplate; both sedan
versions were known from that point forward as the Spectra. Kia introduced a revised Spectra sedan in mid-2004
and a new hatchback-known as the Spectra5-in 2005
After freshening the styling of its Spectra sedan
and Spectra5 hatchback
models for 2007, and making slight interior and exterior changes for 2008
, Kia offers only minor changes to the compact car for 2009.
Like all Kia models, the 2009 Spectra is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with roadside assistance, plus 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain protection.Model Lineup
The 2009 Kia Spectra sedan is sold in LX, EX and sporty SX trim levels, while the hatchback is available exclusively in SX trim. All models include a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player, tilt steering wheel, split/folding rear seat and a 6-way-adjustable driver's seat. EX and SX models come with air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, floor mats, and remote keyless entry. Cruise control is now standard on the EX for 2009, and a power-operated sunroof is now optional on that model as well. SX models add a sport-tuned suspension and feature an added strut tower bar for a firmer ride, Kia says. The Spectra SX also features a black mesh grille, front fog lights, unique front and rear fascias and a rear wing (sedans only). Inside, they add metal trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, metal sport pedals and cruise control. While LX and EX models have 15-inch wheels and tires, SX versions have standard 16-inch tires. Cargo capacity in the 5-door Spectra expands to 52.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.Powertrain
Power for the front-wheel-drive 2009 Kia Spectra comes from a 138-hp, DOHC, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT). A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 4-speed automatic transmission is now optional on all models, including the base LX. Fuel mileage based on 2009 EPA testing is 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway for models with a manual shifter, and 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway for those with an automatic transmission.Safety
All 2009 Kia Spectra models include front, side, and side curtain air bags; Active headrests have been added to all models for 2009. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on EX and SX Spectra models, and anti-lock brakes are optional on the EX and SX.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2008 Kia Spectra earned a 5-star safety rating in front crashes and a 4-star rating in side-impact crashes. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
), the 2005-2009 Kia Spectra earned "Acceptable" ratings in frontal crash testing and "Marginal" ratings in side-impact testing.Technology
The upgraded stereo, an option on 2009 Kia Spectra SX sedan and Spectra5 SX hatchback models, features a 6-disc CD changer as part of the 6-speaker AM/FM audio system. An auxiliary input jack for MP3 players is standard across the lineup.