2010 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

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2010 Kia Optima
4.0
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Good All Around Car

by from Dallas, TX on September 3, 2011

It seems there are a slew of 2010 Optima's for sale. Everyone must want the slick 2011 model. I got my 2010 used in good shape for a great price. Here is my impression: The 2.4L 4-cylinder has good ho...
It seems there are a slew of 2010 Optima's for sale. Everyone must want the slick 2011 model. I got my 2010 used in good shape for a great price. Here is my impression: The 2.4L 4-cylinder has good horsepower and torque numbers, and is actually a pretty smooth running engine. The gearing of the drivetrain is a bit on the highway side. The engine feels like it has the power, but the transaxle seems more fuel mileage and cruise geared, rather than for acceleration. The car feels sluggish in the city. My drive is mainly highway, so I appreciate the high gearing. The ride is very good, a little on the 'floaty' side though. I find the ride to be smooth and damped very well, and not much road noise. The car doesn't feel too sporty. It feels more like a Mercury Grand Marquis rather than a Nissan Altima or Mazda6. Again, a good cruiser. Interior space is very good. I got two rear facing car seats in with little trouble and had still had leg room up front. The interior is functional and clean. The instruments can be hard to see in direct sunlight due to their backlighting. I do like that it has a cabin air filter. The air conditioning takes a few minutes to cool the car down in 100* heat, but after that it freezes me out! Visibility is good, the whole hood can be seen and it is easy to judge where the fenders are. The B-pillar is a bit close to the drivers head, so over the shoulder lane changes require more use of the mirrors. I dislike that the windows do not come factory tinted. They are as clear as day. This bothers me as I live in a hot bright Southwestern climate. The plastics are decent, but the vinyl covered sun visors are too cheap and not glued together very well. The exterior is clean and I like the "Tiger Nose" front end styling. The trunk is spacious and on par with other midsize vehicles. Overall this has been a good car so far. It is a great cruiser with good fuel mileage. I get around 30mpg give or take 1-2mpg. It is certainly a worthy alternative to the Altima, Mazda6, Sonata (which is the same car as the Optima!) and Gallant. In my opinion I like the Optima over the Camry. As far as American hardware, I have not driven any of the American mid-size offerings to compare against.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Excellent for the Money

by from Baltimore, MD on March 21, 2011

Purchased at the end of 2010. Have driven the car 3500 miles. Has not missed a beat. Ride quality is rated as ok because washboard roads the struts produce a odd noise. Other than that the ride is qui...
Purchased at the end of 2010. Have driven the car 3500 miles. Has not missed a beat. Ride quality is rated as ok because washboard roads the struts produce a odd noise. Other than that the ride is quite good. Many say the exterior is mundane and looks like a Honda or Camry. I don't see it in the front end but the tail lights look like other cars on the road. I do not find the exterior mundane. It is quite sporty. The V6 is ok but an extra 50 horses would be nice. The navigation system from Infinity is excellent. Has been a great help. The leather seats are comfortable. I have had better but in cars twice the price. Interior design is pleasant to me. I would have liked the fan/blower switch on the driver side as this switch to operate the fan is used more than temp adjustment. Overall, value for the money is right on the money. I feel the car will be very reliable. I have no worries with the excellent warranty. I would not hesitate to purchase another KIA product.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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MPG not good

by from Oklahoma on December 16, 2011

This has been a good car. I like it. But........How are people getting 35 mpg or more? I drive 30 miles a day. About 1 mile of that would be city with a few stop lights and low speeds. 29 miles of it ...
This has been a good car. I like it. But........How are people getting 35 mpg or more? I drive 30 miles a day. About 1 mile of that would be city with a few stop lights and low speeds. 29 miles of it is interstate highway, very flat, no hills. I drive the speed limit and am easy with my right foot. I can't get better than 26mpg. Yes I have a 2.4l 4cyl engine. My consistent average is 24mpg. In the times I have done lots of city driving it drops to the high teens. I had a 7 passenger GMC Envoy with 4.2 inline 6cyl that could get 27mpg cruising and 16-17mpg in the city. The minivan I own gets better gas mileage than this Kia. I don't get it? Mid size sedan with a 4cyl and it eats more gas than a big 'gas guzzler' SUV.
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shoulda got a Hyundai

by from Johnston, RI on August 9, 2011

I got my car new and right away reported that it pulls to the right the dealer tried to be helpful and sided with me that the car should not pull but a KIA rep said it is correct. I can make a turn wi...
I got my car new and right away reported that it pulls to the right the dealer tried to be helpful and sided with me that the car should not pull but a KIA rep said it is correct. I can make a turn without even touching the wheel. I chose this car for it's safety record with plans on turning it over to my 15 year old daughter next year but know I won't even teach her to drive in this car. My plan is to trade it in for a Hyundai next year for her.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Quirky transmission, but good car

by from Texas on December 9, 2011

It needs maintenance sooner than expected. By 40,000 miles the tranny fluid is brown, and it needed new spark plugs. The transmission computer is wacky. The transmission itself is fine, but it downshi...
It needs maintenance sooner than expected. By 40,000 miles the tranny fluid is brown, and it needed new spark plugs. The transmission computer is wacky. The transmission itself is fine, but it downshifts hard at certain times. Hard enough to jerk you forward in the seat. Kia said they have a tech bulletin to fix the software on the computer because it is a very common complaint. Everytime they fix it, the problem goes away for a week and comes back. I don't drive in an agressive way, which is what I am told is causing the car to do this. The ride is good. I have some squeaking from the front struts. The paint scracthes easily. Especially the door handles. I maintain my vehicle well and am not a 'buy cheap and trash it out' Kia owner. I hope this car makes it 2018. (I replace every 7 years +/-)
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Fantastic Car!

by from Canon City, Colorado on January 23, 2011

I purchased my Kia Optima almost 3 months ago and absolutely love it. I have not had even a minor problem with the car. So far it is better than expected. I am receiving better gas milage than expecte...
I purchased my Kia Optima almost 3 months ago and absolutely love it. I have not had even a minor problem with the car. So far it is better than expected. I am receiving better gas milage than expected. It is rated at 34 MPG on the highway and I have gotten as high as 38. I would absolutely purchase this car again and strongly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great car at a great price. For cars in the price range of a KIA Optima, I strongly doubt that there is a better value. The car is perfect for my needs!
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Great car for the Money

by from Durham nc on March 11, 2012

First Kia Product I ever purchased and it was a good choice.Bought a used 2010 Optima with 42k in Nov 2011.Clean car fax and good paint.Found out after purchase that it was alot of glass in the trunk ...
First Kia Product I ever purchased and it was a good choice.Bought a used 2010 Optima with 42k in Nov 2011.Clean car fax and good paint.Found out after purchase that it was alot of glass in the trunk under the trunk mat.The rear bumper had been replaced and painted.I've driven the car for 7000 miles and the transmission has started to give a hard jerk when coming to a stop it does this once in awhile not all the time.I thought it was the brakes and I had all 4 rotors turned and new brakes placed on the rear but it continued.hopefully the warranty will cover this repair.
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Uses car for Work

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My Friend

by from Florida on August 18, 2014

I got this for my first car in 2012, and I ended up luckily getting it for relatively cheap from a local dealer. I am currently selling it 2 years later, and I wanted to do justice to it. I love this ...
I got this for my first car in 2012, and I ended up luckily getting it for relatively cheap from a local dealer. I am currently selling it 2 years later, and I wanted to do justice to it. I love this vehicle, it is comfortable, easy to drive, and perfect for a first car. It may just be mine, but this is a car with personality, and it's one that is easy to love. The sound system is alright, but the AUX and USB inputs have been a blessing. The only negative point is that the transmission has a bit of a kickback sometimes when downshifting, but once you get used to handling the car it doesn't happen. I'll miss my car when I have to sell it, but I can't ever recommend it enough.
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Great car for reliable, safe, cheap transportation

by from Boston, MA on November 4, 2013

My family has owned a 2010 KIA Optima for almost 3 years and 40,000 miles - overall found it to be a safe, reliable vehicle that is fun to drive. Have not had a single issue (that wasn't induced by m...
My family has owned a 2010 KIA Optima for almost 3 years and 40,000 miles - overall found it to be a safe, reliable vehicle that is fun to drive. Have not had a single issue (that wasn't induced by my teenagers). Mileage has been right around 30 mostly city with some highway. I only have two complaints - the digital readouts are red and very hard to see in direct sunlight and for those of us who are partially color-blind. Also, the speedometer goes to 160 MPH - so the typically used range is very small (this is the only thing in the car that is just plain stupid design - must have been a marketing decision.) Fine car for reliable, safe, cheap transportation.
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Purchased a used car

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Nice car, but front seats are not comfortable

by from Dallas, TX on July 25, 2010

We just got a brand new Kia Optima 2010. Seems like everything works fine, except it's a little bit noisy on highway and front seats are not very comfortable. Actually headrests are not very well adju...
We just got a brand new Kia Optima 2010. Seems like everything works fine, except it's a little bit noisy on highway and front seats are not very comfortable. Actually headrests are not very well adjustable and they hurt my neck. I don't know what to do, will try to find a way to adjust them. But overall I think good car for its price.
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Purchased a used car

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