4th Generation (2016—2019) Optima Problems

This generations ranks 18th out of 45 Kia generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (38%), windows (28%), and the electrical (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Oil Consumption 3 complaints at an average of 19,227 miles in the 2016 Kia Optima.
  2. Inoperable When Starting Vehicle 1 complaints at an average of 900 miles in the 2019 Kia Optima.
  3. Window Regulator Failure 4 complaints at an average of 33,125 miles in the 2016 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 2016 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 1 0 4 1.07
2018 4 1 30 3.35
2017 2 2 40 1.26
2016 14 4 82 4.73

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