3rd Generation (2011—2015) Optima Problems

This generations ranks 42nd out of 43 Kia generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), steering (19%), and the lights (4%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 84 complaints at an average of 92,909 miles in the 2011 Kia Optima.
  2. Engine Blown 24 complaints at an average of 78,479 miles in the 2013 Kia Optima.
  3. Steering Pulls to the Side 15 complaints at an average of 26,019 miles in the 2013 Kia Optima.

What Optima Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Kia model years.

Watch out for the 2013 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2015 49 1 107 27.55
2014 50 2 148 27.21
2013 113 3 134 60.1
2012 60 3 142 22.96
2011 98 4 130 26.82

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