Kia Optima Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Kia Optima reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Volvo models headline latest recalls
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued its latest round of recalls, with models from Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo impacted by the recent safety notices.Read More
Should I wait for the updated Optima?
From what we understand the MY17 update will have an upgraded interior, better LED headlights, and possibly an engine noise generator. Not much change it seems.
Turbo petrol engine in Sportage's future?
The news from Kia Australia's spokesman Kevin Hepworth is not what you want to hear: "That is a North American engine only. No plans for Australia." Sorry.
Used Kia Optima review: 2011-2014
Graham Smith reviews the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kia Optima as a used buy.Read More
Are SUVs better for older drivers?
Yes, I agree that SUVs are a good choice of vehicle for older drivers; as you say they afford you a good view of the road ahead and your surroundings, and they're easier to get in and out of. They are, however, larger and that can make them awkward for older drivers who have a greater tendency to bump into things. If you choose an SUV the CX-5 is a good one. Should you decide against the SUV you could look at the Mazda 6, Subaru Liberty, Toyota Camry, Kia Optima or Honda Accord. All are good cars. Another to think about is the Subaru Outback, a high-riding version of the Liberty.
Used Kia Optima review: 2011-2015
Ewan Kennedy reviews the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Kia Optima as a used buy.Read More
Good price for 2014 Optima?
Unfortunately you'll cop the full whack of depreciation. As a trade-in you could anticipate getting around $25,000, if you sold it privately you could possibly get $30,000.
Kia Optima firm suspension
Most Asian car companies tune the suspension of their cars to our local road conditions, and they typically end up firmer than the settings they would use at home. You could lower the tyre pressures a little and see if that improves the situation. Other than that you could take it a suspension specialist, like Pedders, and see if they can help.