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Kia Optima Powertrain and Chassis Lemon Odds and Nada Odds for the Year Ending June 30, 2018

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Year Make/Model Nada Odds per 100 Cars Lemon Odds per 100 Cars    
26 vehicles, 11.8 months per vehicle, 73200 miles driven2013 Kia Optima Join or sign in to view   see reported repairs
  26 vehicles, 11.8 months per vehicle, 73200 miles driven

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Kia Optima Lemon Odds and Nada Odds

Other sources of Kia Optima reliability information provide only averages, which can conceal as much as they reveal. So we also report the percentage of Kia Optimas with no repairs at all in the past year and the percentage of Kia Optimas that are lemons (required three or more repair trips in the past year). These figures might surprise you.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to closely track Kia Optima lemon odds as the cars age. Others can be over a year behind. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Kia Optima has been recently.

To see how frequently Kia Optima problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

What Our Members Are Saying about the Brand Reputation of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Brand Reputation: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Kia doesn't have the best reputation, though I get the sense that it's slowly improving. Speaking personally, I would have laughed at the idea of buying/leasing anything from Kia even three years ago. However, in that time, I've had two: a 2011 Kia Sportage EX and, now, a 2013 Kia Optima SX Limited. The mediocre brand image is a unfortunate, because if you slapped another make's emblem on this car, people would probably be absolutely gushing over it. As I said, I don't think their image is improving, though. see full Kia Optima review
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
poor trade in value but intend to keep long time due to great warranty; Kia discounting cars in USA to gain brand penetration; much better priced here than in Europe for the same car. see full Kia Optima review