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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  
2014 Kia Optima   12 Optimas, 5.3 months of data per Optima, average 5000 miles

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2013 Kia Optima 61 Optimas, 9.5 months of data per Optima, average 16300 miles23
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Optima 51 Optimas, 9.6 months of data per Optima, average 30700 miles37
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Kia Sportage   11 Sportages, 7.4 months of data per Sportage, average 29100 miles

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2011 Kia Optima 25 Optimas, 10.1 months of data per Optima, average 38400 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Kia Sportage 26 Sportages, 8.0 months of data per Sportage, average 33600 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Kia Sportage   13 Sportages, 9.2 months of data per Sportage, average 62800 miles

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2007 Kia Optima   11 Optimas, 10.6 months of data per Optima, average 95400 miles

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2007 Kia Sportage   11 Sportages, 10.3 months of data per Sportage, average 73600 miles

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2006 Kia Sportage   21 Sportages, 9.2 months of data per Sportage, average 102700 miles

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2005 Kia Optima   12 Optimas, 7.6 months of data per Optima, average 112500 miles

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2005 Kia Sportage   12 Sportages, 8.6 months of data per Sportage, average 88400 miles

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2004 Kia Optima   19 Optimas, 9.5 months of data per Optima, average 129800 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 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 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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 138hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
My previous Kia was totally reliable. The Sportage has the same engine & gearbox and many common fittings so I am hoping for the same (it has positive consumer reviews). The interior is designed for work with a well lined cargo area.
2006 4dr SUV 173-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Very reliable and durabile at a very reasonable price.
Kia Sportage Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 260hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Remains to be seen. Kia motors is on it's way up and I still think it could go either way as far as durability and reliability are concerned.