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 2 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 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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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 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 Unsure 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)

"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

"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)

"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)
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)

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

"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

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

Kent B., IL (2014 Kia Optima Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"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

"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

Headlights

"Light out on one side"

Zabdiel A., FL (2014 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"condensation inside the brakelight assembly"

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

"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)

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

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

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

James T., MA (2014 Kia Optima LX 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

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)

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)

"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)

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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"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)

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 Unsure 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

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)

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Engine Minor

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

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

Paint/Trim

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

Brakes

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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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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