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Kia Optima vs. Chevrolet Equinox

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Optima

$411
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Equinox

$495
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

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.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Chevrolet Equinox Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 21st out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $495 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$411
inexpensive
expensive
$495
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.35
not often
very often
0.39
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
15%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

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...”
5 (3)
4 (15)
3 (13)
2 (5)
1 (1)
The Chevrolet Equinox ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop constantly for engine problems after 10,000 miles...had to have the engine replaced at 50,000. Also h...”
“Don’t buy an equinox. Our problems started 1 year after we bought it. In and out of the shop co...”
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