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Kia Optima vs. Toyota Camry

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Optima

$411
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota Camry

$381
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 Toyota Camry Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $381 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Camry is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$411
inexpensive
expensive
$381
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.35
not often
very often
0.25
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
9%
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
(42)
4
(131)
3
(70)
2
(18)
1
(4)
The Toyota Camry ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in suspension.
“I've only had to paid for tires and scheduled maintenances since I've owned it! Very practical, with plenty of interior space and a large trunk, for a midsize car. One of the most reliable vihicles...”
“I've only had to paid for tires and scheduled maintenances since I've owned it! Very practical, w...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Optima and the Toyota Camry are both midsize, four-door sedans. They both come with front-wheel drive. 

The standard engine in the Kia Optima has 185 horsepower, while the Toyota Camry’s standard engine has a bit more with 203 horsepower. This carries through to the optional engines as well, where the Camry’s 301 horsepower outdoes the Optima’s 245-horsepower optional engine. The Camry also offers a hybrid power option.

Other points of difference include the age of each car’s platform. The Kia Optima was all new for the 2016 model year, and the Toyota Camry was totally redesigned for the 2018 model year. This makes the Camry a newer car by two model years. But the Optima does offer a larger trunk, with 15.9 cubic feet, compared to the Camry’s 14.1. The Optima also has more interior space for the passengers, with 104.8 cubic feet vs. 100.4 for the Camry

The Toyota Camry offers many advanced driver assistance technologies as standard equipment. A few of these are offered on the Optima, but the rest are optional on the higher trim levels.

In the final analysis, the Toyota Camry offers some solid advantages over the Kia Optima. The Camry gives you more standard and optional power, great standard safety systems, a hybrid option and a newer platform. The Optima does have more interior and trunk space.

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