The Kia Motors Company was founded in 1944, but only in 1992 started exporting cars to the USA market. This company is known for its affordable cars and the incredible warranty offered for them: 10 years or 100,000 mile warranty. That’s why Kia gradually became a fierce competitor on the market. Nowadays, this company manufactures 14 different car models including the new Soul and the redesigned Sorrento SUV. The best sold car was the Kia Spectra and since it was replaced by the Forte, there are many customers interested in purchasing used Spectras. So if you are interested in buying a used Kia car then you should take a look at the Kia Spectra model. This could be your dream car because it has many of the features that a family car should offer.
The Kia Spectra is a compact vehicle manufactured by Kia Motors from 2000 to 2009 and is a fully equipped model released on the American market under the name of Sephia sedan. Later on, the car was renamed and is now known as Kia Spectra sedan. The 2002 Spectra was available in different trim levels including the base and the LS trim which had two versions the GS and the GSX trim of the sportier version of the Spectra. Both models are equipped with a new grille and new front and rear lights while the LS displays as an extra feature, grille chrome accents. In addition, for the LS sedan and the GSX hatchback were available foglights as a standard feature. The exterior design is completed by the 14 inch wheels.
Inside, the Kia Spectra is roomy and comfortable while the controls are placed handy. It features power steering, intermittent wipers and cassette player. If you are interested in the LS or GSX version then the optional features are more complete including air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, alloy wheels and an adjustable seat for the driver. In addition, the GSX hatchback version also features a rear window wiper, a rear spoiler, more cargo space than the sedan and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Even if the backseats are cramped for adults, this model is perfect as a family car.
The LS version offers a lot of features such as AM/FM cassette, full wheel covers, tilt steering column, four-speed automatic transmission, rear-seat heater ducts and a seat-cushion tilt for the driver’s seat. Another available option package includes power windows, cruise control, tachometer, AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio system and mirrors and door locks.
Under the hood, the Kia Spectra hides a 1.8 liter DOCH I4 engine able to produce around 125 horsepower. It can feature a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. Any used Kia Spectra is also equipped with front and rear stabilizer bars, power-assisted front disc brakes, rear dumpers and a fully independent suspension. As a result, the handling and the steering are incredibly agile and smooth. When it comes to the safety measures, along with the brakes and suspension, the Kia Spectra is also equipped with driver and passenger front airbags, adjustable shoulder belts, child seat anchors and an emergency internal trunk.
In the Kelley Blue Book, the price for a used Kia car ranges between $4,225 and $4,600 depending on the version of Kia Spectra you want to buy for your family. The other factors that could influence the price of a used Kia car you plan on buying are the odometer reading, the usage history and the overall working condition of the vehicle. Consider taking with you a specialist when you decide to buy a used Kia car.