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2016 Kia Optima: What Does the Warranty Include?

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on April 28, 2016

2016 Kia Optima

There's a good chance you're already aware that Kia provides one of the two best warranties in the automotive industry (the other is offered by corporate cousin Hyundai). But what does our 2016 Kia Optima's include, exactly? Well, let's find out.

1) 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. This is so attractive for two reasons: First, it's nearly twice as long as that of many competitors. Second, the powertrain components (engine, transmission, etc.) are quite often the most expensive things to repair or replace. Engine-bay-related items that are exceptions would be the battery and emissions-related parts, which have lesser warranties. If you would like the list of all the things the powertrain warranty covers, download a copy of the Warranty Manual from the upper right of this page.

Keep in mind that if you should sell the car, the powertrain warranty is reduced for that second owner to 60 months and 60,000 miles. The exception, should you be a used car shopper, is a certified pre-owned Kia that gets the remainder of the full coverage.

2) 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty. This would be just about everything that isn't powertrain. Its five years of coverage stands in contrast to most non-luxury brands, which typically only cover three years. Even most luxury brands are only good for four years. Jaguar Land Rover in particular recently introduced five years of coverage.

So what did I mean by "just about everything?" Well, the original equipment radio, CD player and navigation system are only covered for three years and 36,000 miles, which is what everyone else offers anyway.

3) 5-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty. This would be related to rust and corrosion. It would also be the least impressive aspect of the warranty. Five years is typical and most companies offer unlimited-mile corrosion warranties.

4) 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan. Again, this is longer than what most non-luxury brands offer since most mirror the age and mileage of their limited warranties terms. The roadside assistance is attended to 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and is accessible throughout the United States. It is attended to by a network of more than 17,000 providers that'll help out with minor issues (dead battery, flat tire, running out of gas) to complimentary towing for breakdowns. 

So there you have it.

James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor

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