Horsepower increases from 124 to 138, and torque jumps from 119 pound-feet to 136, compared with the previous model's 1. The fuel tank can fall from the vehicle and strike the ground which could cause a fuel leak. Dealer will replace steering rack, which includes the tie rods. In the Reno , we averaged only 23 mpg in a mix of driving — similar to what I recently observed with a larger V-6 Pontiac G6. With the Spectra5, in basically the same daily driving routine, we averaged 27 mpg. The Spectra5 adds an aggressive tone with unique front and rear spoilers, side sills, rear valance, and a black mesh grille that come together nicely.
As a result of the corrosion, one or both straps may separate allowing the fuel tank to contact the ground and possibly disrupt the integrity of the tank. Besides a harder ride, the Kia brings noticeably more road coarseness into the cabin, especially compared with the Reno. As you might guess, younger buyers are an important portion of the demographics for this model segment, and so they both come with good sound systems for the money. The Reno clearly has more low-end flexibility than the Spectra5. There is a possibility that corrosion of the fuel tank straps which hold the tank may occur as a result of prolonged exposure to road salt. Winning handling Handling is one area where the two especially show their differences.
By Zach Bowman For those who suffer a daily commute through heavy traffic, your vehicle's braking system can bring thousands of pounds of metal, plastic and empty Starbucks cups to a stop hundreds of times before you get to work. The two are very similar in layout. There are a few incongruities though — for instance in the Spectra the material for the center console armrest looks like it's supposed to match the material in the left armrest, but it doesn't quite. Considering the appearance and feel of the switchgear, the Reno rules. The smooth engine grows a bit coarse around 4000 rpm, but is acceptably refined for the class.
A fine dashboard layout makes the gauges easy to read, all controls easy to reach. The Spectra5 is clearly the sportier-tuned of the two. To make it even more enticing, both of them come with impressive 100,000-mile warranties. Leaking fuel can create a fire hazard. Spectra's gear linkage is worlds better than the Reno; nice, smooth, precise, with throws that aren't too long. In terms of seating, in the Reno you sink a little lower into the front seats, whereas the Spectra5 seems to invite a more upright position where you look more over the hood. Head room is only adequate for 6-footers, who might be squeezed by the optional sunroof.
The two are fundamentally packaged in a similar way, but they each carry their own style and feel, and each model drives quite differently. In many ways, they remind me of last-generation Toyotas. This odd behavior also ensured that there was virtually no engine braking. However, long-legged drivers may want more rearward seat travel, and seat comfort is nothing special. Both will no doubt be more satisfying with the standard five-speed, but if you need the automatic this leads us to believe that the Reno might be more tolerable with it.
That packaging difference seems to offer the Spectra5 just a bit more useable cargo space. Both have a MacPherson strut-type front suspension and independent multi-link rear, combined with stabilizer bars front and rear, but the Spectra5 adds a strut tower brace in front for improved torsional rigidity. The Reno weighs 2739 pounds whereas the Spectra5 weighs 2844 pounds. Driven in a spirited way keeping the revs up, both cars seem to have similar power. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps and attaching hardware with new zinc coated parts. So which of these cars would we rather have? Spectra feels peppier with the slick-shifting manual transmission. Car Brakes: How Do You Know When to Change Them? Up front, a standard tilt wheel and lever-action seat-height adjuster enhance a fine basic driving position.
That makes Spectra worth a look, especially if your budget is tight. On the highway, wind and road ruckus are nicely subdued. Where there were only a few dull choices five years ago, suddenly there are plenty of small-car models, each in several bodystyles, including the cargo-friendly hatchback, and all well-equipped. The Spectra5's four-wheel independent suspension boasts increased spring rates, anti-roll- bar diameter, and shock valving, aided by a front strut tower brace. Power comes from a new 2. Acceleration is adequate for most needs, though the smooth, responsive automatic transmission saps enough power to slow progress up steep hills.
The throttle also seems to not allow quick blips of the throttle. The Spectra sedan gets the 5's sportier specs later this year, including its speed-sensitive power steering and larger wheels. The high-set audio unit and 3-dial climate system are simple to adjust, and all controls work with smooth precision. Chunky monkeys To say it politely, both of these little hatchbacks are a bit portly. When driving fast around a neighborhood hairpin turn, they revealed some significant differences in tuning, though.
Probably because of their respective weights, both of these cars were somewhat disappointing in the fuel economy department. Some of my colleagues would have scoffed, but I recently eagerly jumped at the chance to drive two bargain-priced but sporty little hatchbacks back-to-back. Inside, you'll find sport cloth seats, metal-finish trim, metal pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Still, the 5 begs for more horsepower, and the shift-linkage is on the rubbery side, but it's way more fun than the average econobox and leaves room in the budget for the hot-rod touch. It goes without saying that these pieces wear out, but they do so slowly, meaning you may not notice they need attention until. On the other hand, the Spectra5 takes on a taller street-racer hatchback appearance, following lines more similar to those of the Toyota Matrix, Mazda3, and Ford Focus.