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Kia Optima vs. Hyundai Sonata Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2018. 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 % of Average Repair Frequency  
2015 - 2018 Hyundai Sonata Reliability by Generation2015 - 2018 Hyundai Sonata
26.5714285714% Best 84% Worst
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2011 - 2015 Kia Optima Reliability by Generation2011 - 2015 Kia Optima
20.8571428571% Best 74% Worst
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2011 - 2014 Hyundai Sonata Reliability by Generation2011 - 2014 Hyundai Sonata
44.8571428571% Best 116% Worst
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2006 - 2010 Hyundai Sonata Reliability by Generation2006 - 2010 Hyundai Sonata
18.5714285714% Best 70% 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 manual FWD
Good general reliability, which is backed by an excellent warranty full 2008 Kia Optima review
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
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 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 full 2008 Kia Optima review
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
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