Top Kia Sedan For: Optima

2021 Kia K5

2021 Kia K5

$24585

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

25 Aug

N/A

30 Jul

2400 miles in and it already needs to go in for an engine diagnostic on 8/6/21; stopped at a red light and the car had NO pickup/power and RPM’s were pegged at 4500-5000 when I took off from the red light; lights started flashing on the dashboard, etc.

14 Jun

So quiet that I am not sure the engine is running or not some times.

25 Mar

The pros of this car is the engine is more powerful than the optima and doesn't struggle to move the vehicle.

4 Mar

My engine light came on and it turn out to be a faulty ERG valve.

11 Feb

IMO, noisy weak engine, outside noise very audible in cabin, uncomfortable cabin surrounded by shiny plastic, rough ride, doesn't handle road or bumps well

24 Nov

I am working on how to turn off the Sirius sound when turning the engine off, currently the music stays on.

9 Sep

I test drove the Gt line a coupe of times and it is truly a good looking car, BUT the engine when pushed it feels like it wants to complain / weak.

27 Mar

Right after I bought the car I noticed a rattle coming from the dash.

25 Mar

After a month of owning my k5 EX the only reason i didnt give it 5 stars is the terrible wind and road noise that comes into the cabin.

11 Feb

IMO, noisy weak engine, outside noise very audible in cabin, uncomfortable cabin surrounded by shiny plastic, rough ride, doesn't handle road or bumps well

17 Aug

Two days later, less than 100 miles on it, the transmission went out and had to be towed back to the dealer.

20 Mar

My ONLY complaint is that I wish they made some with manual transmissions.

10 Mar

Shop called me telling me, they found a transmission fluid.

4 Mar

The transmission seems like it slips occasionally.

2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia Optima

$24355

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

10 Feb

though I do not drive a lot, the new Optima is a fun car to drive.

9 Jan

As far as performance, the Optima LX has plenty for me.

26 Sep

I really didn’t consider any other make because of how reliable my previous Optima was.

21 Aug

Overall the optima is better than I imagine the fuel mileage is great it’s quiet and the ride is very smooth

4 Aug

but when I drove the Optima it was very comfortable and knew it would great for my son and safe driving back and forth to college.

26 Jul

While some were better at one thing or another NONE had all the features of a fully loaded 2019 Optima fully loaded EX.

11 May

My son now drives the Optima in college and upon returning home this spring a smile was once again put on my face when I got behind the wheel.

19 Jan

I have had my Kia Optima FE(Thanks to an earlier post letting me know that means Fuel Efficient - no one at the dealer knew that) for 6 months now and am quite happy with it.

3 Dec

So i started my research and saw that the optima had more than exceptional ride quality.

1 Dec

This Optima SX Limited also comes with many safety features like collision avoidance and lane keeping (plus more).

9 Jan

The brake stop pump makes a grindy noise at times until it releases.

22 Sep

However, the plastic front fascia around the fog lights continuously fell in, the plastic body panels flexed while driving at highway speed creating sound and vibration, and ultimately led to us being unhappy with the car.

11 May

Within a year or so of ownership I started to notice a rattling in the front suspension system.

16 Feb

I had the 2019 kia optima for almost 4 months and the timing chain rattles in cold weather at start up every day, ever since the first day I bought it.

1 Dec

I notice I could hear some dishes I had transported in the trunk rattling, sounding like they were in the back seat.

11 May

It was quite annoying and was only noticeable on rougher roads and bigger bumps.

1 Dec

The ride is a bit stiff

16 Jan

Only complaint is the rough texture of cloth seats.

9 Jan

The brake stop pump makes a grindy noise at times until it releases.

24 Mar

This model sounds terrible on cold start up.

26 Sep

From the lane keeping assist and blind spot warning system to the apple carplay it is tech savvy and drives like a dream.

22 Sep

However, the plastic front fascia around the fog lights continuously fell in, the plastic body panels flexed while driving at highway speed creating sound and vibration, and ultimately led to us being unhappy with the car.

11 May

Within a year or so of ownership I started to notice a rattling in the front suspension system.

1 Dec

The sound when closing the doors and trunk lid seem less solid than I am used to.

24 Mar

You have to leave your car there for a day for a check engine light.

9 Jan

The fuel economy is poor because there are stop lights, hills, and traffic is slow at times.

22 Sep

However, the plastic front fascia around the fog lights continuously fell in, the plastic body panels flexed while driving at highway speed creating sound and vibration, and ultimately led to us being unhappy with the car.

19 Aug

I have occasionally had slight acceleration issues with this car, as it can be a little choppy at times when accelerating after a red light.

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid

$30235

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2020 Kia Forte

2020 Kia Forte

$17890

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

15 Oct

Looks great, drives well (I will say I miss the size of my Optima vs for Forte which is quite a bit smaller).

25 Aug

Grinding noise coming from steering wheel and erratic behavior from the transmission in less than 8,000 miles.

2 Jun

N/A

17 Jan

Also haven't noticed the noise like people are complaining about.

5 Aug

There aren't any rattles you'd find in other cars.

3 Aug

The road noise from inside the cabin is also above average

2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

$37150

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Kia Optima

$21652

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

22 Feb

The Optima was very pleasant to drive, with a big pano sunroof, decent power, and easy to use controls.

10 Feb

though I do not drive a lot, the new Optima is a fun car to drive.

26 Jul

While some were better at one thing or another NONE had all the features of a fully loaded 2019 Optima fully loaded EX.

11 May

My son now drives the Optima in college and upon returning home this spring a smile was once again put on my face when I got behind the wheel.

1 Jan

The Optima SXL-Limited Package isn’t as well known as the base SX model.

1 Dec

This Optima SX Limited also comes with many safety features like collision avoidance and lane keeping (plus more).

3 Oct

Did a lot of shopping around before buying my EX Premium Optima and I love this car.

18 Aug

2019 Kia Optima S. Have 18" low-profile tires and lots of road noise!

9 Jun

The Optima EX has a livelier engine and does everything well.

16 May

I am on my 3rd Kia Optima (2012,2016 and 2019)and it is such a great vehicle.

25 Jan

Car is burning oil, AC is messed up, horrible grinding noise when taking off on hills and the engine knocks.

11 May

Within a year or so of ownership I started to notice a rattling in the front suspension system.

16 Feb

I had the 2019 kia optima for almost 4 months and the timing chain rattles in cold weather at start up every day, ever since the first day I bought it.

1 Dec

I notice I could hear some dishes I had transported in the trunk rattling, sounding like they were in the back seat.

30 Nov

I notice I could hear some dishes I had in transported in the trunk rattling, sounding like they were in the back seat.

12 Nov

Road noise is pronounced.

18 Aug

Switched to expensive tires and the noise calmed down a bit.

11 May

It was quite annoying and was only noticeable on rougher roads and bigger bumps.

1 Dec

The ride is a bit stiff

30 Nov

but the ride is a bit stiff though not unpleasant at all.

18 Aug

Also these tires do not absorb the road noise like a touring tire.

16 Jan

Only complaint is the rough texture of cloth seats.

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2019 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

$27799

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid

$24737

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2019 Kia Stinger

2019 Kia Stinger

$29314

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

7 Jan

It handles even better than the Optima and the different drive modes are very effective in changing the characteristics of the Stinger.

27 Jan

I moved up from my loaded Optima, which was a great car to own.

27 Feb

Interior quality is excellent and the only complaint is a rattling rear hatch that Kia has not fixed since the first models in 2018.

10 Oct

The dealer actually replaced the garbage rotors and the brakes (warranty for those parts are 12 K.) I'm at 18,000 miles and the rotors are already causing vibration again.

10 Sep

You will feel the road a bit, and hear some noises,

5 Aug

Within the first 30 days my rear defroster made a popping noise and shorted out.

29 Apr

No squeaks or rattles in my 2019.

11 Apr

The car cannot even be driven unless it is local since the car shakes violently when applying the brakes at high speeds.

30 Jan

The suspension and the ride is very smooth and I noticed immediately when I went over sections with potholes the expectation of noise and movement was missing when I actually went over them in this car.

12 Sep

Brakes bad, engine problems reported before 20k.

18 Aug

There are also many reports of Stinger GTs shaking while braking, which is caused from brake pad deposits on the rotors (this issue is exclusive to the V6 models with Brembos, 4 cyl Stingers do not have this issue).

8 Mar

The functional front fender brake vent is a bit large and that rear fender reflector strip is, too.

10 Oct

The dealer actually replaced the garbage rotors and the brakes (warranty for those parts are 12 K.) I'm at 18,000 miles and the rotors are already causing vibration again.

11 Apr

The car cannot even be driven unless it is local since the car shakes violently when applying the brakes at high speeds.

8 Nov

Also the Kia Navigation System is vastly inferior to Waze as it is NOT user intuitive and is hard to actually use.

15 Jul

N/A

27 Dec

buttons for Navi, radio etc, are difficult to read during the day, due to glare and the lettering not standing out.

10 May

The stereo keeps changing focus to the rear seat, and the traffic on current route in the navigation does not work.

2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

$21925

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Jun

What I liked about this Optima was that it drove very much like a regular car and much more sporty and composed than the Ioniq and Prius, which drive very light and flighty.

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger

$31900

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

24 Jan

For that I can put up with the crying babies, stale popcorn, and Optima loaners.

8 Jun

I own an Optima (which has been an excellent car),

19 May

The Stinger is supposedly a clean sheet design, yet the overall visual signature of the Stinger seems to be that of an Optima with a body kit.

26 Mar

Car is great, wish it had cooled seats like my Optima.

3 Feb

My Optima is very comfortable for my 6’2” frame.

27 Feb

Interior quality is excellent and the only complaint is a rattling rear hatch that Kia has not fixed since the first models in 2018.

10 Oct

The dealer actually replaced the garbage rotors and the brakes (warranty for those parts are 12 K.) I'm at 18,000 miles and the rotors are already causing vibration again.

24 May

N/A

11 Apr

The car cannot even be driven unless it is local since the car shakes violently when applying the brakes at high speeds.

24 Jan

The low road noise and compliant suspension resulted in arriving at my destination without the fatigue I had experienced doing the same route in other cars.

19 Dec

N/A

29 Oct

Only complaints are the somewhat louder noise and the badging of the US version should be the same as the Korean version.

26 Oct

Truck area rattles to much, because interior truck cover does not lock down when closed.

10 Oct

I'm having issues with vibration at highway speeds.

7 Oct

I knew about the paint / coil and rattle issues prior to test driving.

12 Sep

Brakes bad, engine problems reported before 20k.

18 Aug

There are also many reports of Stinger GTs shaking while braking, which is caused from brake pad deposits on the rotors (this issue is exclusive to the V6 models with Brembos, 4 cyl Stingers do not have this issue).

9 Feb

The front brakes kept squealing and had to be replaced.

10 Oct

The dealer actually replaced the garbage rotors and the brakes (warranty for those parts are 12 K.) I'm at 18,000 miles and the rotors are already causing vibration again.

11 Apr

The car cannot even be driven unless it is local since the car shakes violently when applying the brakes at high speeds.

19 Dec

N/A

22 Oct

Now all of the paint is coming off the strips on top of the car and rust is appearing on the back passenger chrome pieces and passenger back quarter panel!!!

11 Apr

I have had issues with paint falling off the car, infotainment issues, brake issues, rattles and creaks everywhere, electronic suspension errors, and it goes on and on.

11 Feb

I actually had to take the car to a paint shop to have the chips repaired then had them put three coats of clear coat to help with this problem

18 Dec

Purchase the 2018 yellow Stinger back in May immediately started noticing chipping of the paint couple months later got recall letter from Kia telling me that they would repaint the car.

7 Oct

With no estimate given to me on how long the car would take to be repainted, I waited patiently for three weeks.

7 Oct

I knew about the paint / coil and rattle issues prior to test driving.

2 Aug

I have also heard that the yellow stingers are having issue with their paint job.

19 Jun

N/A

20 Oct

Dealer service also not the best,

10 Oct

My service adviser has stated KIA will not fix the problem this time.

11 Apr

Just the poor service from KIA is enough to never buy a KIA.

24 Mar

The worst part about this car is the service, I wish somebody would take this issue seriously at KIA.

19 Dec

N/A

21 Nov

but just be prepared, if you're coming out of a German car, the dealer experience, maintenance, service will be very different than what you're used to.

13 Jul

but its purely subjective) The dealers are terrible, service is a pain as my store has ONE Stinger certified technician.

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

$18858

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

10 Feb

though I do not drive a lot, the new Optima is a fun car to drive.

29 Aug

I had a Kia Optima, which I loved so much it was very good on gas never had any problems with it.

26 Jul

While some were better at one thing or another NONE had all the features of a fully loaded 2019 Optima fully loaded EX.

11 May

My son now drives the Optima in college and upon returning home this spring a smile was once again put on my face when I got behind the wheel.

1 Dec

This Optima SX Limited also comes with many safety features like collision avoidance and lane keeping (plus more).

3 Oct

Did a lot of shopping around before buying my EX Premium Optima and I love this car.

10 Apr

My 2018 Kia Optima Sport gives my spirit a lift every time I drive it.

19 Oct

The Optima has loads of room and my power seats (upgraded) are so comfortable.

13 Sep

I decided to purchase the New 2018 Kia Optima S. Pros- Great styling, it picks up and goes and with 3 driving modes its pretty cool, love the Apple car play, love the sport style leather interior, led fog and rear lights.

24 May

I owned a 20015 Sonata and it got totaled I also owned a 2016 Sonata and it got totaled so I decided to buy an Optima and I am so happy I did it has a beautiful appearance and it rides very well.

11 May

Within a year or so of ownership I started to notice a rattling in the front suspension system.

16 Feb

I had the 2019 kia optima for almost 4 months and the timing chain rattles in cold weather at start up every day, ever since the first day I bought it.

29 Jan

The car makes a thumping noise at highways speeds (Kia won’t cover it).

1 Dec

I notice I could hear some dishes I had transported in the trunk rattling, sounding like they were in the back seat.

29 Jan

Car shifts down a little rough and kinda makes noise after about 4000 miles.

12 Mar

Let alot of noise in.

11 May

It was quite annoying and was only noticeable on rougher roads and bigger bumps.

1 Dec

The ride is a bit stiff

29 Jan

Car shifts down a little rough and kinda makes noise after about 4000 miles.

16 Jan

Only complaint is the rough texture of cloth seats.

29 Jan

The brakes need replacing after 40,000 (Kia won’t cover it).

5 Nov

but if you coast at low speed the car brakes on its own/jerks.

13 Sep

Cons- I have a hard shift from 2nd to first when slowing down, The brakes occasionally squeal (i live in Texas and it gets hot so no moisture should be causing them to squeal.

7 Aug

Transmission shifts oddly once and a while.

5 Feb

The transmission for me hates to shift until 4500-6000 rps which i hate, doesn't help with you gas mileage at all.

29 Dec

N/A

3 Oct

N/A

29 Jan

Car shifts down a little rough and kinda makes noise after about 4000 miles.

13 Sep

Cons- I have a hard shift from 2nd to first when slowing down, The brakes occasionally squeal (i live in Texas and it gets hot so no moisture should be causing them to squeal.

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

$20487

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

$18046

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

3 Jul

but finally traded in my Mercedes for a KIA Optima EX PHEV for its styling, infotaiment system, technologies, range, price/value ratio, long warranty.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

$20091

POSITIVE REVIEWS
NEGATIVE REVIEWS

17 Dec

I love this car and would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a 2018 Optima Hybrid EX without the tech package.

28 Sep

My Kia Optima PHev is a Sexy Beauty.

4 Mar

If you're looking for all the bells and whistles with wonderful mileage, the Kia Optima Hybrid is where to go.

6 Jun

The kia Optima is probably the only car that has this great benefit.

17 Dec

My worst fuel economy numbers are at extreme temperatures which is below 35 degrees or above 105 degrees (highest so far was 120 degrees at 38 mpg).

28 Feb

The winter months see this vehicle a bit less efficient than in the summer months when electric A/C does all the work of maintaining cabin temperatures.

6 Jun

The gas engine comes on idling as a generator only when the heater/AC or the defrosting is demanding, (or after about 40 km of EV driving) and then it's also silky-smooth with its 6-speed automatic transmission (gladly not a CVT!).

18 Jun

The fan never turned on before the warning lights started flashing so I'm assuming when charging, the battery is overheating.

17 Dec

I have fixed this by planting my left foot on the ground, thereby flexing my left knee at a 90 degree position where I can rest my arm on my leg and hold the wheel comfortably.

6 Jun

N/A

25 Feb

but one thing Kia should have done differently: for smoothness in EV mode, have the electric motor directly power the wheels (ie eliminate the 6 speed auto trans in EV mode).

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