Kia Sephia

The Kia Sephia was the compact sedan that marked the Korean automaker's launch onto the United States automobile market in 1994. The Sephia was an appealing choice, cute and sporty in appearance, with a reputation for outstanding durability as well as excellent gas mileage. Kia discontinued production of the vehicle for North America in 2001, in order to make room for the newer Spectra model in the lineup. During its production, the Kia Sephia was popular among those seeking a vehicle for basic everyday transportation, that is reliable as well as attractive, and a great value for the money. Throughout its production history, Sephia was crafted in a four door design that provided comfortable seating for up to five passengers. It was built with a standard five speed manual transmission; for those who preferred an automatic, however, this was available as an alternative option. From the 1994 to 1997 model years, the Sephia was offered in three different trim styles, the RS, LS and GS. Of these, the GS was the most basic version. In both the RS and LS, standard features included tilt steering, a tachometer, and cassette player. The tape deck was optional in the LS, and air conditioning was an across the board option. For 1997, a compact disc player became an additional optional feature. For the 1998 model year, Sephia received a makeover, with an enhanced exterior look and roomier interior. Also in this year, the GS trim ceased to be offered. The 2001 model year brought new safety equipment including an innovative internal trunk release and child seat anchors. Driver and passenger airbags were part of the standard package, and antilock brakes were optional. Also in 2001, the Sephia received a four star frontal crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Kia Sephia was a top choice for a compact sedan, yet big on cost and fuel efficiency.