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Kia Spectra, Hatchback
#74 of 463 Re: 2005 Kia Spectra vs. 2005 Suzuki Reno [backy]
May 22, 2005 (5:58 pm)
I just read through all these posts about the Spectra and it has been an interesting ride. I have a prospective that's just a bit different. I purchased a 2004 Suzuki Forenza (basically the same thing as the Reno) last September before I knew about the Reno or the Spectra 5. I bought automatic and test drove an automatic Spectra sedan. I made my decision based on styling. Both cars are very roomie (6'3" and over 300lbs) but I just liked the styling of the Suzuki...inside and out...better. Well, I purchased a 2005 Spec5 in classic red yesterday. I did a lot of comparisons online and one thing that I found hard to believe is the 0-60 differences between the AT and the manual...about a 2 second difference! Well, my Spec5 is a manual and I have to say that IMO I'm already having more fun driving the Spec5 than I have driving a car in years. I saw one performance 0-60 on the Spec5 that said 8.2 and I can believe it. I'm not running it hard yet with only 54 miles, but already, WOW. Anyone interested in a sporty little car that doesn't drive the Spec5 with a manual is missing out. BTW...rumor of supercharger from Kia if they can work out the warranty issue? Something to think about when all Suzuki SWT only offers a rear spoiler and some stickons.
May 22, 2005 (8:06 pm)
I must say I continue to be interested in the great looking new Kia Spectra5. I'm currently enjoying my 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 to the full and love the styling and value found in Kia's. Keep reporting on your Spectra5 and congratulations!
May 23, 2005 (10:45 am)
So did you trade in your Forenza? What was yuor experience with that car?
#77 of 463 Re: spec5 [lngtonge18]
May 23, 2005 (1:03 pm)
Yes, I traded my Forenza. It's a great car and 2 days into the Spectra 5 I can tell you the stereo is much better in the Forenza. I did have to deal with a couple of glitches with the Forenza. Stalling in the morning a few times that the dealer fixed and the check engine lite came on but went out before I could get to the dealer. The Suzuki dealer was great but so was Kia. I drove the Forenza to Atlanta from my home near Greensboro NC (about a 5 hour drive) and it was very comfortable. I know at this point that the Spectra 5's styling and attitude are much more a match for my personality.
May 23, 2005 (6:35 pm)
what kind of gas mileage are you getting in your new Spectra5?
Anyone else with a Spectra5, what kind of gas mileage are you all getting? Closer to the 30's or the 20's?
May 24, 2005 (4:05 am)
I have been tracking my milage on http://www.fueleconomy.gov since the car was new, I have shared all my data so all users can see it, I am a very spirited driver so take this into account when looking at the mpg. I hope this helps.
MPG: City - 25, Highway - 33
PS I love My S5.
#81 of 463 That is pretty decent fuel economy
May 24, 2005 (4:41 am)
geomatics. Does your Spectra5 handle fairly well? The way the car sits it just looks like you could toss it into turns and it would grip the road well.
#82 of 463 Re: That is pretty decent fuel economy [iluvmysephia1]
May 24, 2005 (6:25 am)
The S5, handles better tha my wifes' 98 Miata, if that is any basis for comparison. The handleing characteristics and engine power were the two most important deciding factors for me in choosing this car over the others that I test drove. The handleing is crisp and solid due to the front and rear sport independent, multi-link coil springs, and sport stabilizer bars. The S5 also has a wider body and therefore wider track which hugs the road. The understear is there but well managed and never during my spirited driving has the car felt like it was going to break free. I do have the strut tower brace installed and have noticed moderatly improved handeling on curvy roads but the car felt much the same without it. even before the strut tower brace the car experienced little body roll and has continued to be a complete joy to drive.