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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; four stars, side impact and rollover resistance
Acceptable" frontal offset safety; "marginal" side impact
The [Kia] Spectra sports an impressive list of standard safety equipment
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."
The 2008 Kia Spectra has good federal crash-test scores, but insurance-industry scores are lower, and anti-lock brakes are an option on base cars.