The Kia Optima stands out among typical humdrum midsized sedans with a well-tailored coupe-like silhouette. It also comes with a generous helping of standard equipment for the price. But look past these initial draws and the Optima proves quite ordinary. Neither noise isolation nor ride comfort are stellar. This iteration of the Optima remained a good choice, but was showing its age relative to the newer-designed competition.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“With good tires on it, it handles well. Curves and corners are solid. The acceleration is strong, even with the non turbo engine. I have run into issues with it on bumps, especially on faster roads, where it loses so much contact with the ground that I lose steering and braking briefly. When you hit the brakes, and the car suddenly loses contact, and then regains it, it's unnerving.”

JONATHAN M., SC (2011 Kia Optima)

“The handling is not quite as 'crisp' as I would like.”

STEPHEN N., CA (2011 Kia Optima)

“Blind spots larger than in other cars. Mileage is much less than advertised. Hard to guage where front or rear of car is when parking”

ALLAN M., NY (2011 Kia Optima)

“The hybrid is rough in acceleration related”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Kia Optima)


Anonymous, AZ (2011 Kia Optima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“The steering wheel adjustment is poorly designed. I can't even locate it!”

SALLY M., WA (2011 Kia Optima)

“too much road rumble on anything but the smoothest road surfaces, OK on smooth surfaces.”

H S., FL (2011 Kia Optima)

“Having ventilated (cooled) front seats for the 1st time is proving to be a feature I don;t think I ever want to do without. Especially with leather in the summer. Fantastic feature.”

JOHN D., NJ (2011 Kia Optima)

“Car was comfortable overall. not enough cushioning on the seats. Road noise was somewhat pronounced, possibly due to low profile tires.”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Kia Optima)

“Had to insulate the trunk to try and reduce road noise. It didn't help much.”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Kia Optima)

“Rear seats are not very comfortable”

ALLAN M., NY (2011 Kia Optima)

“Sunroof design is terrible -unable to open slightly to release hot interior air without entire glass panel exposed. letting in more heat. A similer design with a manual shade panel, as in my previous Accords and Camry's would be much better and less costly.”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Kia Optima)

“Noise on the highway is a little much.”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Kia Optima)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“If you buy it new, and are willing to deal with the problems, which for me included many trips to the dealer and a lot of downtime, it's a decent value. If you buy it used, the warranty ends at 5 years/60k miles, and the value fades a bit.”

JONATHAN M., SC (2011 Kia Optima)

“For the money paid ($28,500) and the features included (heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, good Infinity sound system, panoramic roof) and the styling, I feel that there was no better value in a relatively sporty looking family sedan.”

JOHN D., NJ (2011 Kia Optima)

“The 100,000 extended warranty turned out to be very important. Both the radio unit replacement and the engine failure resulting in a replacement were covered by the warranty.”

WILLIAM J., CA (2011 Kia Optima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


Anonymous, ON (2011 Kia Optima)

“Outstanding styling. With the optional panoramic sunroof it gets comments and compliments about the appearance. Interior is superbly functional with many buttons for controlling the infotainment system instead of the electronic panel. Instrument panel is canted toward the driver for better vision.”

J B., IA (2011 Kia Optima)

“Happy and amazed that the 2017 iteration does not look radically different. Sort of classic European design feels ageless”

STEVE P., CA (2011 Kia Optima)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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