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
4,862
  Optima
3,646
  Sportage
3,624
  Sephia
2,802
  Sedona
2,193
  RIO
1,169
  Spectra
1,132
  Soul
1,052
  Forte
826
  Rondo
356
  Amanti
308
  Optima Hybrid
232
  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 22,301 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 929.2. Cars from Kia Motor's 2011 model year have the most problems reported (2,092 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
1,131
  2002 Kia Motor
1,092
  2003 Kia Motor
1,036
  2004 Kia Motor
1,072
  2005 Kia Motor
1,193
  2006 Kia Motor
1,417
  2007 Kia Motor
1,077
  2008 Kia Motor
1,012
  2009 Kia Motor
690
  2010 Kia Motor
498
  2011 Kia Motor
2,092
  2012 Kia Motor
1,680
  2013 Kia Motor
1,450
  2014 Kia Motor
957
  2015 Kia Motor
569
  2016 Kia Motor
425
  2017 Kia Motor
249
  2018 Kia Motor
54
  2019 Kia Motor
11

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 3,750 problems reported. The second most common Kia Motor car problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (2,264 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Kia Motor vehicles



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