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Kia Optima Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
awanamom1128 writes:
Love it! Would buy again.

We bought this car before out third daughter was born, and the back seat is wide enough that we were able to fit the carseats for our "three under three", albeit with some pushing. My 6' 4" husband is able to comfortably sit in either front seat; the leg room is great! I love the Bluetooth and the steering wheel controls. The trunk has a HUGE amount of space and is able to fit our double stroller and all of our groceries with no problem, and my bread is never smashed. :) The ride is smooth and quiet, and the interior is very comfortable. The A post is a little wide at the base and can cause a bit of a problematic blind spot for shorter drivers. I have also had an occasional problem with the display, radio, and CD player cutting off and not coming on again until the vehicle was restarted, but this has only happened two or three times since we bought this vehicle brand new. All in all, the problems we've had have been very minor.

5 star
violetmarble writes:
Fun to drive!!!!

i love the feel of this car and the handling of car is fantastic!! The car has a lot of room and the backseat is absolutely roomy for a long legged person too! It doesn't bother me , but a short person in the passenger seat in the front complained about not being able to raise the seat higher. Who cares. I love my Kia!!!! Would recommend to all

5 star
KiaDriver434 writes:
Invigorating

The important stuff: The car handles nicely and gets great gas mileage. It has great safety ratings. It is very spacious and comfortable. The warranty is unbeatable and the car is reliable. The extras: Stock sound system is loud and clear. Stereo is tilted toward the driver. Heated and cooled seats are perfect for any weather. Backup camera is perfectly calibrated. Panoramic sunroof makes you feel free. The car is visually stunning. On price: Feels like a luxury car but at an affordable price. Great value. What I would change: Less road noise. More visibility out of rear window.

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2014 Kia Optima

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2013 Kia Optima

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2012 Kia Optima

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2011 Kia Optima

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2010 Kia Optima

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Recall Notices

2013 Kia Optima (6/1/2018)

Campaign Number: 18V363000
Component Name: AIR BAGS: AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
Description: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.
Defect: If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
Corrective Action: Kia will notify owners. For model year 2011 Sedona vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to verify the ACU part number and, if necessary, install an extension wire harness kit between the ACU Connector and the Vehicle Harness Connector. For all other affected vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to install the extension wire harness kit. The recall began September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.

2012 Kia Optima (6/1/2018)

Campaign Number: 18V363000
Component Name: AIR BAGS: AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
Description: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.
Defect: If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
Corrective Action: Kia will notify owners. For model year 2011 Sedona vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to verify the ACU part number and, if necessary, install an extension wire harness kit between the ACU Connector and the Vehicle Harness Connector. For all other affected vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to install the extension wire harness kit. The recall began September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.

2011 Kia Optima (6/1/2018)

Campaign Number: 18V363000
Component Name: AIR BAGS: AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
Description: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Kia Forte, Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Kia Optima and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. In the event of a crash, the air bag control unit (ACU) may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners from deploying.
Defect: If the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
Corrective Action: Kia will notify owners. For model year 2011 Sedona vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to verify the ACU part number and, if necessary, install an extension wire harness kit between the ACU Connector and the Vehicle Harness Connector. For all other affected vehicles, Kia will instruct dealers to install the extension wire harness kit. The recall began September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC165.

2018 Kia Optima (3/8/2018)

Campaign Number: 18V161000
Component Name: HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
Description: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Optima hybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device (VPD), designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.
Defect: If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed Battery Management Systems (BMS) that contain Overvoltage Protection Devices (OPDs), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC162.

2017 Kia Optima (3/8/2018)

Campaign Number: 18V161000
Component Name: HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
Description: Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Optima hybrid vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with a Voltage Protection Device (VPD), designed to protect the high voltage battery module, that may activate inadvertently.
Defect: If the VPD activates while the vehicle is being operated in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, there may be a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Kia will notify owners, and dealers will remove the VPD switch and install two newly designed Battery Management Systems (BMS) that contain Overvoltage Protection Devices (OPDs), free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC162.