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Kia Optima vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Optima

$411
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Accord

$375
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
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Accord Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $375 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Accord is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$411
inexpensive
expensive
$375
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.35
not often
very often
0.35
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
8%
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
(29)
4
(97)
3
(62)
2
(29)
1
(8)
The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“My thoughts on driving the 2007 Accord for 10 years. It’s a great car that gets the job done. I’ve had to fix things along the way but that’s part of it. ”
“My thoughts on driving the 2007 Accord for 10 years. It’s a great car that gets the job done. I’v...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Optima and the Honda Accord are both midsize, four-door sedans. Both come with front-wheel drive.

The engines in the Kia Optima and the Honda Accord are comparable. The Optima has standard engine with 185 horsepower and an optional 245-horsepower engine. The standard engine in the Accord has 192 horsepower, with an option of 252 horsepower. For a greener power source, the Optima has both a hybrid version and a plug-in hybrid version. The Accord also offers a hybrid version. 

In terms of interior and trunk space, the Kia Optima is the clear leader here. The Optima has 104.8 cubic feet of interior volume and 15.9 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The Accord has just 93.1 cubic feet of interior volume and 13.4 cubic feet in the trunk. 

The Honda Accord does offer some advantages. It’s a brand-new design on a brand-new platform this year, while the Optima was all-new back in 2016. The Accord also offers the latest driver assistance technologies as standard equipment, including adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning.  The Accord is very smooth and refined, setting a new bar for midsize sedans.

We suggest you drive both the Kia Optima and the Honda Accord. See if the Optima’s superior space is the deciding factor, or if the latest technology built into the Accord is more to your liking.

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