Kelley Blue Book Value®
$1,859 - $3,948
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
124
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$1,859 - $3,948
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
124
Seats
5

Kia Spectra Models & Trims

2003 Kia Spectra Owner Reviews

3.82

34 Reviews

32% 29% 29% 6% 3%

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My car is old but still works well!

First of all, I like that it is a smaller vehicle. The less weight, the less energy the engine has to produce to get it to move, and therefore the less gasoline you have to purchase to operate it. However, the devices that control the movement of the windows when going up and down have frequently malfunctioned and needed replacement, which is a frustrating chore to deal with. And . Even though with only about 50,000 miles on engine use, the car has done wonders for me in terms of functionality and reliability.

- Florian F

Reliable with a few minor issues - mostly great bang for your buck

My car has been very reliable - I bought it new back in 2003, and it's still running. I haven't had to pay for many repairs in the past 15 years. My two complaints are that the exhaust needs to be replaced frequently and that sometimes there's a whistling noise that comes from one or both front windows, no matter how tightly I've made sure to close them. For what I paid and how long it's lasted though, it's really held up well.

- Nicole N

Kia spectra good for a cheap car.

For what it is, it has been a good car. Have about 130k on it. So far, needed to replace timing belt, suspension, radiator, ac hose, and some other stuff. Not as great as Honda or Toyota, but I got the car for free so I cannot complain. Paint is coming off a bit, but no worries, I only care about its ability to get me to where I want to go.

- Michael R

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$1,859 - $3,038
$2,502 - $3,789

Horsepower

Horsepower
124 hp
124 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L (109) DOHC MPFI 16
1.8L (109) DOHC MPFI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.1 in.
43.1 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 in.
39.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.4 in.
34.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
10.4 cu. ft.
10.4 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
100.8 in.
100.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
32.2 ft.
32.2 ft.

Length

Length
177.6 in.
177.6 in.

Width

Width
67.7 in.
67.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2661 - 2717 .lbs
2672 - 2728 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
124 hp
124 hp

Torque

Torque
119 ft. lbs.
119 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
13.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
23 - 31 mpg
23 - 31 mpg

City

City
22 - 24 mpg
22 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 - 32 mpg
30 - 32 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety