The Kia Optima is a stylish midsize that sedan that's a great all-around option for everyone from students and commuters to families. So, how reliable is it though? Maguire Kia finds out for drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton with this look at the Kia Optima reliability. 

Kia Optima Specs

The 2019 Kia Optima offers three dependable powertrains. Each one was designed with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) to maximize efficiency. The base engine is a 2.4L I-4 that gets up to 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This works with a 6-speed Sportmatic® transmission and can get up to an EPA-estimated 25 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.1

The second option is a turbocharged 1.6L I-4 engine that produces up to 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is paired with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). It can provide even more impressive fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 37 MPG highway.1

The most exciting engine is a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 that delivers up to 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed Sportmatic® transmission returns for this powertrain and helps it get up to an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.1

Kia Optima Safety

On top of providing you with an efficient drive, you can also count on the Kia Optima to give you peace of with a reinforced body cage that's designed to absorb the force from a collision and direct it away from the cabin.

Inside, you'll be protected by seven airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). There are also lots of standard driver assistance features that can help prevent accidents. Some of the technology that will give you more awareness during your drive includes:

  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Driver Attention Warning

With its reliable frame, airbag system, and smart driver assistance features, the Kia Optima has been named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Kia Optima Passenger & Cargo Room

The 2019 Kia Optima also offers comfortable seating for up to five people. There's 104.8 cubic feet of passenger space and features to help you relax like heated rear seats and heated and ventilated front seats. With an open layout, passengers in both rows of seats will have room to stretch out too.





39.8 inches

37.8 inches


45.5 inches

35.6 inches

Shoulder Room

58.1 inches

56.4 inches

Hip Room

56.0 inches

56.0 inches


There's also lots of room in the trunk. With 15.9 cubic feet of cargo room, you can conveniently load lots of luggage or a couple golf bags. Plus, with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, you'll be able to thread longer items through to the interior.

Test Drive the Kia Optima

Visit Maguire Kia to test drive the safe and stylish Kia Optima. It offers a comfortable and efficient ride to drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton. To learn more about the 2019 Kia Optima reliability, contact us or visit our dealership.

EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.

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