Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,419 - $7,283
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,419 - $7,283
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
138
Seats
5

Kia Spectra Ranked #9 by Owners

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2009 Kia Spectra If...

If your brain says no frills, but your gut says go for more than just value and versatility, the sporty 2009 Kia Spectra5 SX should win a slot on your shopping list.

Kia Spectra Models & Trims

Owner Reviews

4.14

103 Reviews

35% 47% 16% 3% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Kia spectra. Kia seem to make reliable cars I am my opinion and experience.

I am the original owner of my Kia. I haven't had to many issue with it as far as now. Everything under the hood has not gave me too many issues. I have and problems with tail light issues and door handles breaking easily. It's been pretty reliable for me so far. I drive a lot and have 180, 000 miles already. The front seats are not comfortable for a small person so I bought a car back rear that help a lot. If I could afford it I would definitely buy an new car. It would for sure be another Kia.

- Star S

Not enough room if you have more than 3 car seats!

The things that I like about my 2009 Kia Spectra is that it is good on gas per mile usage, is small to make parallel parking easy, and it has a hatchback to fit my odd-shaped objects in the back. It also has a sunroof and heated mirrors. The things that I don't like about the car is that it does not comfortably fit more than 3 car seats and it had a problem with the airbag, which I later learned that there was a recall on that part of the car. Other than that, I am pleased with the car!

- Monique M

My Kia spectra surpasses all expectations.

I love that my Kia spectra is very good on gas mileage. I have had my Kia 7 years with no major mechanical issues. It performs equally well at 25 mph and 75 mph. The steering is good, not too touchy and not too tight. The brakes are the same as the steering. I have made several trips that were over 900 miles round trip with no issues. My Kia is over 100,000 miles and going strong. My single solitary complaint is that the front seats are a bit too firm, so I keep cushions in the seats.

- Carol W

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$4,761 - $6,934
$4,419 - $6,430

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC CVVT 16
2.0L DOHC CVVT 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.8 in.
42.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.4 in.
35.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.2 in.
38.2 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.2 cu. ft.
12.2 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5
Exterior Features

Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
102.8 in.
102.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.3 ft.
33.3 ft.

Length

Length
177.2 in.
177.2 in.

Width

Width
68.3 in.
68.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2701 - 2767 .lbs
2701 - 2767 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
138 hp

Torque

Torque
136 ft. lbs.
136 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14 gal.
14 gal.

Combined

Combined
24 - 31 mpg
24 - 31 mpg

City

City
23 - 24 mpg
23 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 - 32 mpg
30 - 32 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Not Available
Optional

Assistance

Air Bags

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings