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.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2014 Kia Optima has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Kia Optima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera stopped working or showed only back of car even in drive"

Richard H., FL (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Many times when the sunlight is just right it makes it impossible to see whats on the screen. They should have used a non-glare glass"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"froze up they fix it"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Computer software is buggy"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The USB interface causes the UVO system to rescan the entire library every time you plug it in. There's no way to preference Bluetooth streaming over USB. Considering the time it takes to operate, using USB interface is nearly useless"

Brian L., WA (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The UVO system along with Navigation has been ongoing problem since bought car. After contacting UVO, they said I need update which requires SD card, dealer states there is no SD card or update for my year. I'm super annoyed because the rearview mirror 'home link' system has never paired with my garage door opener and KIA isn't providing updates to any onboard electronics before 2015. This leaves all of us 2014 out for any updates including trying to use Android Auto. Now for the GPS...it too needs update...not available per Dealer. It constantly sends you in wrong direction or can't find address. The touch screen features are HORRIBLE, won't let you put in complete address, it wants to pick one for you"

Lori S., WA (2014 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It just won’t connect with my phone but it will change radio stations when asked"

Joe G., PA (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It would not connect to my phone for some reason. I tried and tried many times. Calling for help was no good. They sent a new signal a few times but it did not connect. After a few months it finally connected on its own and it works fine now"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio constantly loses XM signal in metropolitan areas, sometimes for several miles. The antenna has been replaced but this did not resolve the problem. Kia says the cause is interference and will not fix"

Anonymous, UT (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sirius cuts out for about 10 seconds every now & than"

Dennis R., FL (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"satellite radio keeps losing signal"

Michael K., FL (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering wheel controls are too easily pushed while driving which will change your instrument panel look or will give you an error pull over across panel. The control used to call someone from steering wheel never can understand you, it's annoying and frustrating and has never worked since I bought car new."

Lori S., WA (2014 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"water leak from under the passenger side dash."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We had a coolant leak and the dealer replaced a pipe that was leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Moon roof slide track comes loose. Pass glass broke letting it down."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Don't know why this makes noises on the driver side by the door but it was annoying"

Kent B., IL (2014 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Loose bolts in the panoramic sunroof caused squeaks and rattles when normal road bumps such as expansion strips were crossed. Headliner needed to be removed to tighten them. Had to return car to dealer as voice microphone was not reconnected when headliner reinstalled"

Gary R., PA (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rattle in dash.fixed in hour"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"While the Kia Optima EX could come loaded with features like ventilated seats, the wind noise on the highway would cause driver fatigue/frustration and detracted from having the high-end sound system it came equipped with."

William K., VA (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"When driving on Open road or hyway need to turn up volume on radio to hear cleraly. Then there is so much noise between both can't care on conversation"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"when travelling at 60+ MPH a whistle would develop around the sunroof or windshield. Found a small area in the headliner behind the rear view mirror, that if you put your finger over it the noise would stop. So I plugged up hole with some tissue and"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Both brake lights went out."

Jacob M., FL (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"condensation inside the brakelight assembly"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"Same issue, broken chassis caused all issues. Fixed under warranty"

James T., MA (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Light out on one side"

Zabdiel A., FL (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Broken wiring chassis caused all the issues. Fixed under warranty"

James T., MA (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger side rear view mirror warning lite malfunctioned when raining. Back up camera imageon dash was clouded with raindrops like spots on several occasions"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had a soft clunk when turning right, could be felt in steering wheel. Kia replaced the entire rack & pinion under warranty."

Ben L., ON (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering and handling has been a problem after apex 2500 miles. The wondering was so bad as we passed the assembly factory I wanted to take it back and leave it but it was Sunday. The wondering got so bad I found a Kia dealer the next week and explained about steering and they said they could fix it while I waited. They did improve it75%. On the trip home it worked well for a couple of days but it started to regress back to the drifting condition. I took it back to my selling dealer and tol"

Carl B., OH (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Not sure I have a wheel bearing noise or a tire problem out of round or just tread design"

Carl B., OH (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"MAIN AIR BAG MODULE QUIT WORKING AIR BAG LIGHT STAY ON"

Brian B., ND (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The system is unreliable, randomly rebooting or re-scanning Sirius channels. When paired with a phone using Bluetooth, the unit constantly wants to download contacts, even though I've turned this mode off. It's the worst part of this car"

Brian L., WA (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Not compatible with my Galaxy S3 or LG G3. Can't get SMS"

Anonymous, DE (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"External rear door handle broke and could not open door. Kia replaced under warranty."

Ben L., ON (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"right door mirror motor failure. KIA replaced it free"

Stanley B., UT (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Sunroof

"Sunroof side rubber guide/seal folded and bent frame. Entire roof needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Start car and won't shift out of park. Have to turn of the car, restart then try again to shift. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 tries"

Gabriel N., OH (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Rough shifting in manual mode"

Marty W., AB (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The left rear light housing leaks and was getting mossy (live in PNW). I took in to be replaced, and they did, but it still leaks. and will definitely reduce the resale value as it looks terrible."

David K., OR (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Drivers side rear panel have to hit it as it comes loose and sticks out slightly"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine froze up due a known recall issue with the cylinder head."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Kia Optima Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"wastegate went bad and caused engine to go into "limp mode" where it would run fine but had no power to pass or accelerate quickly"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"AC was not working and brought to dealer.Was fixed"

Rita E., FL (2014 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine sometimes hesitates on acceleration. As if it is not responding."

Edward S., CA (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"Occasional failure to start right away. Had to attempt to start several times. Did not fail when checked by KIA service, but has occurred several times"

Edward S., CA (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Getting Traction Control and ABS lights on at random times, and and was worrying me. But called dealer and could not get it to recurr, but it worries me."

David K., OR (2014 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Aug 27 2020
If the HECU short circuits, there is an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2013-2015 Optima and 2014-2015 Sorento vehicles. Brake fluid may leak inside the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), possibly resulting in an electrical short.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HECU for leaking brake fluid and replace the HECU if necessary, free of charge. Owners are advised to park outside and away from other vehicles and structures until the recall repair is completed. The recall began October 20, 2020. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC197.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V519000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 440370
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Feb 21 2020
If the fuel hose cracks, a fuel leak can occur, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Optima vehicles equipped with 2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) or 2.0L GDI Turbo engines. The low pressure fuel hose may deteriorate and crack over time due to heat generated within the engine compartment.
What should you do:
Kia will notify Owners, and Dealers will inspect the low pressure fuel hose for damage or leaking, replacing it as necessary. If no damage or leaking is found, a heat-protective tape will be installed. Repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began June 12, 2020. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC187.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V100000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 141774
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Dec 19 2018
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign. The high pressure fuel pipe that connects to the fuel pump outlet may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, possibly causing a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Kia has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pipe, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began January 17, 2019. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC172.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V907000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 71653
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Mar 31 2017
Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motor Company (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge. The recall began June 20, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC147.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V224000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 618160
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