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2009 Kia Spectra vs. Its Competition

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Many of the rival models in this segment have been restyled more recently than the Spectra, which bears a design that goes back to 2004.

The Toyota Corolla has been recently redesigned, but like the Spectra it has a relatively soft, compliant ride and its interior feels cheaper than other rivals.

However, the Toyota has a long-standing reputation for reliability and durability.

The Ford Focus is perhaps the most attractive alternative; its design was recently refreshed, inside and out, and offers a great ride along with standout features such as the SYNC communications and entertainment interface.

2009 models drop the cheesy side gills that were introduced for 2008.

The Mazda3 is the choice among these cars if a frisky driving sensation is a priority, but the Mazda's cabin can be noisy on coarse surfaces and its backseat is rather cramped.

Although the Elantra shares its engine with the 2009 Kia Spectra, its interior is better designed, and the instrument panel and switchgear feel a step better.

Also keep in mind that an all-new replacement, the Forte, is being introduced as an early 2010 model.

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The 2009 Kia Spectra has a roomy interior and respectable performance at a bargain price.
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The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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$13,550Browse Used Listings$15,350Browse Used Listings$14,395Browse Used Listings$13,970Browse Used Listings$13,895Browse Used Listings
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