The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the sedan "acceptable" in frontal protection and "marginal" in side protection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-tests the 2009 Kia Spectra, and it earns five stars for frontal protection and four stars for side-impact protection.
Cars.com notes "antilock brakes are optional." However, 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."
The only comment on visibility comes from ConsumerGuide, which states that with the Kia Spectra5 model, "roof styling impedes aft visibility."