The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has crash-tested the 2008 Kia Spectra, and it earned five stars for frontal protection and four stars for side-impact protection. The insurance-affiliated Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the sedan "acceptable" in frontal protection and "marginal" in side protection.
Edmunds reports "the Kia Spectra sports an impressive list of standard safety equipment that includes front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags." Cars.com notes that "antilock brakes are optional," however.
The only comment on visibility came from ConsumerGuide, which states that with the Kia Spectra5 model, "roof styling impedes aft visibility."