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Kia Forte vs. Kia Optima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Kia Optima

$411
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
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Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Forte Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $440 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Forte.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Optima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $411 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Optima.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
expensive
$411
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.15
not often
very often
0.35
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(2)
4
(2)
3
(0)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Kia Forte ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows - because my Kia is the best on the road. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's one of the most c...”
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows ...”
5
(7)
4
(21)
3
(15)
2
(4)
1
(2)
The Kia Optima ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Optima and i was in a rush as they just done detailing the vehicle. So after i got the car home ...”
“I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Op...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Kia Optima are two four-door sedans from the same carmaker. The Kia Forte is a compact car, while the Optima is a midsize. Both come with front-wheel drive.

As expected, the Optima offers more power. The Kia Forte has a standard engine with 147 horsepower; the larger Kia Optima has 185 horsepower standard. The optional engine in the Forte has 201 horsepower, and the Optima gives you 245 horsepower in its optional engine. The Optima also gives you a choice of conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid power systems.

This dynamic continues when it comes to interior and trunk space. The Forte has 96.2 cubic feet of interior space, but the Optima has more, with 104.8 cubic feet. Trunk space totals 14.9 cubic feet in the Forte and 15.9 cubic feet in the Optima.

One place where these vehicles are the same is in their warranties. Both have Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. It’s an excellent warranty, superior to what most other brands offer.

Besides the difference in size and power, there is a difference in price. The Forte costs thousands of dollars less than the Optima. Choosing between these two vehicles becomes a matter of how much power and space you can afford.

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