A word that gets overused a lot when describing cars is “Bold.” It makes it hard for a car that truly deserves that adjective to stand out for it. If there is a car in the 2021 model year that has earned it, it is the Kia K5. Kia ended the Optima name in favor of the K5 just in time to rebuild the mid-size sedan from the ground up.
The front end of the 2021 Kia K5 is designed to wow at a single glance. The grille is straight and flat, connecting the headlights on either side of the vehicle. Its zig-zag yellow driving lights and dynamic hood body lines speak of a sportier vehicle than the Optima ever was. The logo is moved up off the grille and onto the hood as well for a higher-brow look. The features and technology inside prove that the K5 isn’t just built for looks. The chart that follows proves it too, so use it to compare the K5 against other sedans in its class.
Comfort, Convenience and Entertainment
|1.6L Inline 4-Cylinder Turbo or 2.5L 4-Cylinder Turbo||Rearview Camera||Sport Steering Wheel|
|8-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission||Heated Windshield and Washer Nozzle||Air-Cooled Front Seats|
|290 Maximum Horsepower||Advanced Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning Function||Stainless Steel Sport Pedals|
|311 Maximum lb-ft of Torque||Safe Exist Assist System||Wireless Phone Charger|
The 2021 Kia K5 is an experiment in rethinking the ways Kia can build a sedan. Putting the focus on stunning design, cutting-edge technology and budget-friendly pricing sets up the K5 for a level of success its predecessor never experienced. The model touts many features as standard that would be reserved for higher trims with most competitors. There are four trims for the K5, but the GT-Line sticks out as a leader in value because it grants nearly every feature of the GT without the bigger engine. Those who chose a sedan to take advantage of fuel efficiency will like that the GT-Line uses the more fuel-efficient 1.6L engine while still benefitting from most of the luxury in the GT.