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Kia Optima vs. Kia Sorento Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 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 Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Kia Sorento 42
87.6623376623% 87.6623376623% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Sorentos, 7.7 months of data per Sorento, average 8200 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Glitchy. Generally minor issues.

 

2015 Kia Optima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Optimas, 10.6 months of data per Optima, average 9900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2015 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Sorentos, 11.5 months of data per Sorento, average 14600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Kia Optima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Optimas, 8.1 months of data per Optima, average 23000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2014 Kia Sorento 25
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Sorentos, 9.5 months of data per Sorento, average 31700 miles

Refreshed.

 

2013 Kia Optima 7
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Optimas, 9.6 months of data per Optima, average 41800 miles
2013 Kia Sorento 32
41.6256157635% 41.6256157635% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Sorentos, 10.5 months of data per Sorento, average 45200 miles

 

2012 Kia Optima 31
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Optimas, 9.1 months of data per Optima, average 56200 miles
2012 Kia Sorento 67
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Sorentos, 10.6 months of data per Sorento, average 50300 miles

Unclear why this stat is so much higher than a year ago and than adjacent model years. Could be a temporary blip.

 

2011 Kia Optima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Optimas, 9.0 months of data per Optima, average 67600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2011 Kia Sorento 48
54.7619047619% 54.7619047619% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Sorentos, 9.7 months of data per Sorento, average 63400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2007 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 8.9 months of data per Sorento, average 97700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 9.7 months of data per Sorento, average 84200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Kia Optima   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Optimas, 9.8 months of data per Optima, average 111500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Kia Sorento   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sorentos, 7.7 months of data per Sorento, average 158000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Kia Sorento

2015 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
2015 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