2020 Kia Optima  RealSafeCars75Safety Rating

#57 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#140 of all 2020 vehicles


Pictured: 2016 Kia Optima
The Optima, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 2001, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. The Optima has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The Kia Optima has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Kia Optima is below 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 2020 Kia Optima has a score of 75, implying a 0.049% chance of driver death (4.4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.043%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.8%.

We estimate that the 2020 Kia Optima has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.049% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.5993%, meaning the average driver has a 0.049% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.5993% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Kia Optima is 2% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Kia Optima is 5% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 Kia Optima offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 12%.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8858Nissan AltimaChevrolet MalibuHonda CivicVolkswagen PassatKia OptimaHyundai SonataFord FusionSubaru OutbackMazda 6Subaru LegacyHonda AccordBuick RegalComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Kia Optima with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 58 to 88. The 2020 Kia Optima is safer than the 2020 Nissan Altima, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu, and the 2020 Honda Civic and less safe than the 2020 Honda Accord, the 2020 Subaru Legacy, the 2020 Mazda 6, the 2020 Subaru Outback, and the 2020 Ford Fusion. It is about as safe as the 2020 Volkswagen Passat and the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

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