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Kia Optima vs. Kia Sorento Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2016 Kia Sorento
47.1428571429% Best 120% Worst
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2011 - 2015 Kia Optima
20.2857142857% Best 73% Worst
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2014 - 2015 Kia Sorento
59.1428571429% Best 141% Worst
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2011 - 2013 Kia Sorento
49.4285714286% Best 124% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I researched online and spoke with Optima owners. Kia has come a long way in reliability in the past few years. I was surprised by the level of owner loyalty. People who own Optimas enthusiastically recommend them. full 2008 Kia Optima review
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Good general reliability, which is backed by an excellent warranty full 2008 Kia Optima review
2007 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have had zero problems with the car. Trim and everything is just like new. full 2007 Kia Optima review
2005 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have not had to call roadside service once in three years full 2005 Kia Optima review
2004 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have had 0 problems until just recently the clutch pressure plate broke! $800 to fix and not under warranty! Not happy about that. full 2004 Kia Optima review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No issues so far at 30,000 miles. full 2012 Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Owned for 14 months and 15K miles with ZERO problems! No issues whatsoever! full 2011 Kia Sorento review
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Have over 62,000 miles and only now have a minor problem. full 2007 Kia Sorento review
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
3 years owned, aside from replacing wear items, it has visited the shop twice for warranty repair items. full 2007 Kia Sorento review
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
47K miles and no issues. Kept on strict Kia service plan. full 2005 Kia Sorento review
Kia Sorento Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 0 This has been the worst car I have ever owned for needing maitenance and repairs. Shocked and dissappointed. full 2013 Kia Sorento review