Kia Optima Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Kia Optima Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 0 recalls, 0 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 0 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2020 2020 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 5
2019 2019 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 5
2018 2018 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 5
2017 2017 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 5
2016 2016 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 5
2015 2015 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 5 3 (picture) 5 5
2014 2014 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 5 3 (picture) 5 5
2013 2013 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 5 3 (picture) 5 5
2012 2012 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 5 3 (picture) 5 5
2011 2011 Kia Optima 4 DR FWD 5 5 (picture) 5 3 (picture) 5 5
2010 2010 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 4
2009 2009 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 4
2008 2008 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 4
2007 2007 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 4
2006 2006 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Later Release Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 Not Rated
2006 2006 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Early Release Not Rated 4 4 4 (picture) 4 5
2005 2005 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 4 (picture) 4 5
2004 2004 Kia Optima 4-DR w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 4 (picture) 4 5
2003 2003 Kia Optima 4-DR Not Rated 4 4 Not Rated Not Rated 5
2002 2002 Kia Optima 4-DR Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated

Fuel Efficiency

Kia has manufactured models of Optima for 20 years. They average 24.3 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2020 Optima above average at 27 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2020 Optima to be $1,450 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $0 more over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The Optima consumes about 12 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

The Optima emits 330 grams of CO2 per mile, or roughly 4,950,000 grams per year. To put this into perspective, a normal tree absorbs about 21,000 grams of CO2 per year, so about 236 trees would offset these emissions. The Optima does not have start-stop technology.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2020 Kia Optima 27 32 24
2019 Kia Optima 27 33 24
2018 Kia Optima 31 37 28
2017 Kia Optima 28 34 24
2016 Kia Optima 28 34 24
2015 Kia Optima 26 33 23
2014 Kia Optima 26 33 23
2013 Kia Optima 27 34 24
2012 Kia Optima 27 34 24
2011 Kia Optima 26 33 22
2010 Kia Optima 25 32 22
2009 Kia Optima 23 28 20
2008 Kia Optima 23 28 20
2007 Kia Optima 23 28 20
2006 Kia Optima 21 25 18
2005 Kia Optima 21 26 18
2004 Kia Optima 21 26 18
2003 Kia Optima 21 26 18
2002 Kia Optima 19 23 17
2001 Kia Optima 21 24 18

MPG breakdown by model options

The Kia Optima has 63 different model options on record with the EPA since 2001. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2020 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 32 24
2020 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 30 21
2020 4-dr, Automatic (AM7), 4-cyl, 1.6 L 31 37 27
2019 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 30 21
2019 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 33 24
2019 4-dr, Automatic (AM7), 4-cyl, 1.6 L 31 37 27
2018 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.4 L 28 34 24
2018 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 22
2018 4-dr, Automatic (AM7), 4-cyl, 1.6 L 31 37 28
2017 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.4 L 28 34 24
2017 4-dr, Automatic (AM7), 4-cyl, 1.6 L 31 37 28
2017 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 22
2016 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.4 L 28 34 24
2016 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 25 31 22
2016 4-dr, Automatic (AM7), 4-cyl, 1.6 L 31 37 28
2015 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 33 23
2015 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 30 20
2014 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 33 23
2014 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 30 20
2013 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 34 24
2013 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 34 24
2013 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 33 22
2012 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 34 24
2012 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 34 24
2012 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 33 22
2011 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 26 33 22
2011 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 34 24
2011 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 27 33 23
2010 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 32 22
2010 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 32 22
2010 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 23 28 20
2009 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 23 28 20
2009 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 32 22
2009 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 32 22
2008 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 23 28 20
2008 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 31 21
2008 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 31 21
2007 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 23 28 20
2007 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 31 21
2007 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 25 31 21
2006 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 23 27 20
2006 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 22 28 19
2006 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 25 18
2005 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 25 18
2005 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 23 27 20
2005 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 26 18
2005 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 22 28 19
2004 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 26 18
2004 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 25 18
2004 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 23 27 20
2004 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 22 27 19
2003 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 26 18
2003 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 21 25 18
2003 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 23 27 20
2003 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 22 27 19
2002 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 19 23 17
2002 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 6-cyl, 2.7 L 18 22 16
2002 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 21 26 19
2002 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 20 24 18
2001 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 21 26 19
2001 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 6-cyl, 2.5 L 21 24 18
2001 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 6-cyl, 2.5 L 19 23 17
2001 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 20 24 18