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2008 Kia Spectra

2009 Toyota Corolla

  2008 Kia Spectra 4-door Sedan Auto EX Open Doors 2009 Toyota Corolla
MSRP
$12,895
$15,350
Invoice $12,345 $14,352
MPG
City/Highway
23/32 22/35
Rating
6.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
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. Read Full Review The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Impressive interior space
  • Smooth, settled ride
  • Responsive steering and handling in SX models

Dislikes:

  • Dull interior design and subpar materials
  • Disappointing fuel economy
  • Engine noise when revving or accelerating hard
  • Anti-lock brakes aren’t offered on much of the lineup

Likes:

  • Quieter than before
  • More comfortable than outgoing version
  • XRS edition is reasonably sporty
  • High assembly quality
  • Enviable reputation for reliability

Dislikes:

  • Cheap interior on base models
  • Cabin very tight for five adults
  • Dull-looking
  • Four-speed automatic on most models
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