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Kia offers a lineup of top-rated models, such as the Sportage, Seltos, and Telluride SUVs. The South Korean automaker also has a burgeoning electric vehicle lineup. In a previous article, we discussed the affordability of Kia vehicles. Another strength is reliability. While that wasn’t the case in past decades, now, Kia is one of the most reliable car brands. Read more to find out why Kia cars are so reliable.

Kia is one of the most reliable car brands, according to J.D. Power and Consumer Reports

A 2023 Kia Niro compact hybrid SUV model driving on a forest road with its taillights lit up
2023 Kia Niro | Kia America

Reliability is a crucial factor when choosing a vehicle. The more reliable the car, the more likely it will last longer, need fewer repairs, perform better, and dependably get you to your destination. The ownership costs are lower for reliable vehicles too. 

And in terms of reliability, Kia is one the best. A trusted authority for automotive analysis is J.D. Power, which ranks Kia high for reliability. For the 2023 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Kia is the third-most dependable car brand, behind only Lexus and Genesis. Also, J.D. Power rates the Sportage as the most dependable compact SUV. 

Another respected automotive authority is Consumer Reports, which also gives Kia high marks for reliability. The South Korean automaker made the Consumer Reports 10 most reliable car brand list, placing ninth.

The reliability of Kia cars benefits from the Hyundai connection

Rear angle view of green 2023 Kia Sportage, highlighting why Kia cars are so reliable
2023 Kia Sportage | Kia

One of the biggest reasons why Kia models are so reliable is the company’s connection with Hyundai. In the 1990s, Kia was a failing car brand—and its vehicles were plagued by quality issues. However, both the financial health and vehicle quality greatly improved once Hyundai bought Kia in 1998. Hyundai is another reliable car brand. 

The two car brands operate independently—but Hyundai is the parent company. And they both benefit from the sharing of resources, resulting in a higher quality.

By sharing resources, Kia and Hyundai are less dependent on external suppliers—where there’s greater uncertainty for quality. For example, the South Korean automakers are the only ones that own their own foundry for producing the metal castings for the vehicles. 

Kia vehicles are less complicated, resulting in fewer repairs

Another factor that contributes to the reliability of Kia vehicles is their relative simplicity. Compared to some other vehicles, the ones from Kia are less complicated.

Generally, the more complicated the vehicle, the more likely it will break down or have mechanical problems. Kia follows the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) design principle. This results in fewer issues—and higher reliability.

Kia has 1 of the most generous vehicle warranties available

The reliability of Kia cars also extends far beyond the design and production of vehicles. It has one of the most generous warranty coverages available. New Kia models are backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This far surpasses the automotive industry standard of a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

This generous warranty coverage is a testament to how much Kia values the dependability of vehicles. Kia vehicles have fewer repairs compared to most other car brands. On top of that, when there are issues, the cost to fix them is more likely to be covered by the generous warranties.

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