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Kia Optima vs. Kia Sportage Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Kia Optima or Kia Sportage reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Kia Optima and the Kia Sportage truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Kia Optima and Kia Sportage reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Kia Optima and the Kia Sportage were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Kia Optima and the Kia Sportage have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Kia Optima 59 Optimas, 8.6 months of data per Optima, average 11800 miles21
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Optima 46 Optimas, 9.2 months of data per Optima, average 24000 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Sportage   17 Sportages, 7.3 months of data per Sportage, average 22200 miles

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2011 Kia Optima 29 Optimas, 8.6 months of data per Optima, average 34300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Brake switch a common problem in early cars. When it fails, car won't start.
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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Kia Sportage 25 Sportages, 8.9 months of data per Sportage, average 30800 miles27
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Kia Sportage   12 Sportages, 11.4 months of data per Sportage, average 65800 miles

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2007 Kia Optima   11 Optimas, 10.3 months of data per Optima, average 95300 miles

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2007 Kia Sportage   15 Sportages, 8.9 months of data per Sportage, average 76100 miles

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2006 Kia Sportage   21 Sportages, 10.8 months of data per Sportage, average 95100 miles

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2005 Kia Optima   13 Optimas, 8.0 months of data per Optima, average 98600 miles

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2005 Kia Sportage   15 Sportages, 8.3 months of data per Sportage, average 92400 miles

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2004 Kia Optima   24 Optimas, 8.2 months of data per Optima, average 116300 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Kia Optima

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What Our Members Are Saying about Kia Optima Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Kia Optima: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Good general reliability, which is backed by an excellent warranty
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.
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.
2005 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have not had to call roadside service once in three years
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.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Kia Sportage Reliability and Durability

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