Kia Optima Recalls & Reliability
There have been no safety recalls issued from NHTSA.
Our reliability score is based on the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) rating or, if unavailable, the J.D. Power Predicted Reliability rating.
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- Among The Best
- Better Than Most
- About Average
- The Rest
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The 2007 Kia Optima has an impressive basic warranty, which runs five years or 60,000 miles.
In addition, the Optima comes with ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage and five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance. Automobile.com calls this package "one of the best warranties in the business."
Another plus is that the 2007 Optima is an IntelliChoice Best in Class Winner for "SmartChoice Repair Costs."
Still, some reviewers note uncertainty with the new Optima's reliability because, as Automobile.com puts it, "Kia has struggled to rate highly with various third-party consumer surveys." However, the reviewer also notes that "this problem seems to be trending to the automaker's advantage, rather than declining," largely due to improvements in J.D. Power rankings. Automobile.com continues "Once relegated to the bottom, no doubt as much due to perception as it has with reality, Kia has been rising through the ranks, and more importantly has been improving its problems per 100 vehicles rating."
The Automobile.com reviewer cites specific data to support this claim. For instance, "In the 2003 Initial Quality Study (IQS), the South Korean brand was rated 34th out of 37 nameplates, nothing to brag about, with 168 problems per 100 vehicles sold, all cars tested being within the first three months of ownership." Even better, "The latest 2006 study is its strongest showing yet, in 24th place with 136 problems per 100 vehicles, now ahead of such industry figureheads as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Saab, Hummer and Land Rover, not to mention a number of direct rivals such as Subaru, Mazda, Suzuki and Volkswagen."