Kia Motor - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Compare Kia Motor models

The following chart shows the Kia Motor models that have had the most problems reported. Note that a model on the top of the list may simply indicate that it is a popular model rather than a problematic car. For example, over the years, Kia Motor has sold far more Sorento model cars than the Borrego model.

Table 1. Compare Kia Motor models

Kia Motor Model Number of Problems
  Sorento
4,724
  Sportage
3,576
  Optima
3,563
  Sephia
2,802
  Sedona
2,175
  RIO
1,160
  Spectra
1,128
  Soul
991
  Forte
783
  Rondo
355
  Amanti
306
  Optima Hybrid
221
  Borrego
99

Number of problems reported for all models of Kia Motor built from year 1996 to 2019.

Owners of Kia Motor cars have reported a total of 21,883 problems across all Kia Motor models built from year 1996 to 2019. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Kia Motor models, is 911.8. Cars from Kia Motor's 2011 model year have the most problems reported (2,039 problems).

Table 2. Number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Kia Motor
295
  1997 Kia Motor
667
  1998 Kia Motor
1,497
  1999 Kia Motor
1,201
  2000 Kia Motor
936
  2001 Kia Motor
1,130
  2002 Kia Motor
1,092
  2003 Kia Motor
1,035
  2004 Kia Motor
1,069
  2005 Kia Motor
1,182
  2006 Kia Motor
1,412
  2007 Kia Motor
1,069
  2008 Kia Motor
1,011
  2009 Kia Motor
685
  2010 Kia Motor
485
  2011 Kia Motor
2,039
  2012 Kia Motor
1,598
  2013 Kia Motor
1,383
  2014 Kia Motor
904
  2015 Kia Motor
523
  2016 Kia Motor
393
  2017 Kia Motor
234
  2018 Kia Motor
38
  2019 Kia Motor
5

Common problems of Kia Motor Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported across all models of Kia Motor cars. The number one most common problem of Kia Motor cars is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling, with 3,608 problems reported. The second most common Kia Motor car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (2,225 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Kia Motor vehicles



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