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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,345 $12,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,300 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $13,925 $14,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $14,860 $15,895
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,345
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,895
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$215 / month
$233 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 35.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 97.0 97.9
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 55.6
Second Head Room (in) 38.2 37.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 43.5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.4 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.3 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 58.9 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 177.2 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.5 60.7
Wheelbase (in) 102.8 104.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.2 14.2
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System NA 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 10.1 x - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.0 14
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.3 33.9
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P195/60R15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/60R15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2701 2751
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.3 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 75
Engine
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 138 @ 6000 138 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 136 @ 4500 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 33
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.39 1.26
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.84 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.06 0.98
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.62 3.31
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Spectra Hyundai Elantra
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Dual-Link Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
 
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