2019 Kia Optima  RealSafeCars80Safety Rating

#37 of 2019 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#85 of all 2019 vehicles


Pictured: 2016 Kia Optima
The Optima, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 2001, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Optima packs some oomph. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2015. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2019 Kia Optima is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2019 Kia Optima has a score of 80, implying a 0.041% chance of driver death (3.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2019 Kia Optima has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0415% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.7386%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0415% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.7386% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2019 Kia Optima is 13% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2019 Kia Optima is 19% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9262Chevrolet MalibuNissan AltimaHyundai SonataVolkswagen PassatBuick RegalSubaru LegacySubaru OutbackFord FusionToyota CamryKia OptimaMazda 6Honda AccordComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2019 Kia Optima with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 62 to 92. The 2019 Kia Optima is safer than the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2019 Nissan Altima, the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, and the 2019 Buick Regal and less safe than the 2019 Subaru Outback and the 2019 Subaru Legacy. It is about as safe as the 2019 Honda Accord, the 2019 Mazda 6, and the 2019 Toyota Camry.

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