One of the biggest factors to consider when getting a car, new or used, is the reliability of the brand. You don’t want to have to buy a new model in just a few years or pay for unexpected repairs.

Kia has funneled billions of dollars into each model’s research, development and manufacturing. All of this effort is aimed at making your Kia more and more reliable. And the work has paid off! Kia cars now go over 200,000 miles (on average) before a replacement is needed. Let’s dive in to learn more about our JD Power rankings and awards, RepairPal’s ranking, and consistently reliable models.

JD Power Rankings

JD Power is the main survey of car brands each year, measuring anything from dependability, reliability, and more. Kia is proud to have received the 2021 #1 mass-market brand ranking on JD Power's test of dependability. This test measures the number of problems per 100 vehicles, 3-year old models, that original owners experienced within 12 months. The industry average is 121, but Kia boasts a proud 97. Kia is proven by JD Power to be dependable for you, with less than the average problems.

JD Power’s initial quality study of 2020 also ranked Kia as the #1 mass-market brand for quality- for the sixth consecutive year in a row! With this test, JD Power tests the number of problems experienced by owners of new vehicles during the first ninety days of ownership. Not only do Kia cars rank higher than any other mass-market brand for quality, but also dependability and reliability.


RepairPal measures the reliability of different car brands, comparing the number of repairs and the severity of them throughout set periods. Overall, RepairPal gave Kia an excellent rating of 4.0/5/0 stars for reliability and satisfaction. In 2021, RepairPal ranked Kia as 3rd out of 32 brands for reliability. This is higher than nearly all other car brands in the United States!

Kia showed an average of 0.2 chance of needing an unexpected repair in a new vehicle. This is a 1 in 5 chance you experience an unexpected situation. It’s equal to half the industry average!

Try These Reliable Models

While Kia as a whole is very reliable, some specific models stand out. Three examples of the most reliable Kia models are:

  • Kia Optima: this model is shown to last 200,000 miles consistently and has many options/generations!
  • Kia Telluride: beloved by consumers and other Kia owners, the Telluride offers ample seating, an efficient and powerful engine, and decades of quality improvements. On top of those features, this model features an outstanding Kia warranty.
  • Kia Sportage: this affordable and easily maintained SUV is considered one of the most reliable SUV models out there. Also backed by Kia’s excellent warranty, you’ll love the support this model offers!

Kia has proven to be a reliable car brand, both in ratings and to consumers. Want to get your own Kia? Start your search with Garvey Kia and search through our new or pre-owned models today. We’re happy to help you!

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