2010 Kia Optima

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Kia Optima. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Improved audio system
  • Value for the money
  • Strong warranty

The Bad

  • Not as much V-6 power as many competitors
  • Derivative styling

Notable Features of the 2010 Kia Optima

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available navigation system

2010 Kia Optima Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Kia's midsize sedan, built from the same design as the Hyundai Sonata, is a lower-priced, lesser-equipped alternative to its Korean cousin and mainstays such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. A four-cylinder engine is standard, while a V-6 is optional.

New for 2010
Push-button start with a smart key is now standard on the sporty SX, V-6 models have a new blacked-out lower rear bumpers and an overhead interior light is standard on all trim levels.

Exterior
Optima received a new face last year that seems derivative of a lot of cars — the headlights look like a Camry's, while the interplay between the grille and lights recalls a similar pattern on the Accord.
  • Sixteen-inch steel wheels come standard
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels or 17-inchers
  • Optional sport-tuned suspension, darker headlights, and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors


Interior
Optima's gauges are framed inside three binnacles instead of a one-piece display. The stereo has an auxiliary jack for MP3 players, and a navigation system is optional.
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional push-button start
  • Custom leather seats and trim for SX models


Under the Hood
Both the Optima's engines were upgraded last year. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 175 horsepower (13 more than previously), and the 2.7-liter V-6 makes 194 hp (a gain of nine).
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic transmission


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Active ...
Vehicle Overview
Kia's midsize sedan, built from the same design as the Hyundai Sonata, is a lower-priced, lesser-equipped alternative to its Korean cousin and mainstays such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. A four-cylinder engine is standard, while a V-6 is optional.

New for 2010
Push-button start with a smart key is now standard on the sporty SX, V-6 models have a new blacked-out lower rear bumpers and an overhead interior light is standard on all trim levels.

Exterior
Optima received a new face last year that seems derivative of a lot of cars — the headlights look like a Camry's, while the interplay between the grille and lights recalls a similar pattern on the Accord.
  • Sixteen-inch steel wheels come standard
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels or 17-inchers
  • Optional sport-tuned suspension, darker headlights, and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors


Interior
Optima's gauges are framed inside three binnacles instead of a one-piece display. The stereo has an auxiliary jack for MP3 players, and a navigation system is optional.
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional push-button start
  • Custom leather seats and trim for SX models


Under the Hood
Both the Optima's engines were upgraded last year. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 175 horsepower (13 more than previously), and the 2.7-liter V-6 makes 194 hp (a gain of nine).
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic transmission


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Active head restraints
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Standard traction control



Latest 2010 Optima Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Test drove one...I would rather have a Sonata

by Mill from Vancouver, WA on August 1, 2017

My wife needed a new car and we were looking at the Kio Optima and the Hyundai Sonata. After test driving both, we went with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. It's the same engine in each car so that doesn't ... Read full review

(5.0)

Good car with plenty of room !

by Jam993 from Bmt tx on June 11, 2017

Roomy comfortable car at a good price. Ac keeps me cool in hot weather. Enjoyed the smooth ride. Loved the fact i was able to give a ride to multiple family members and no one felt cramped. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Kia Optima currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Kia Optima has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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