In keeping with the tradition that “when one door closes, another opens,” the Kia K5 emerges as the Kia Optima bids its final farewell. While the K5 stays in the same vehicle class, it’s absolutely its own beast. The Kia K5 is sharper, sportier, and more well-designed than its predecessor.
For those who owned and loved their Kia Optima, the Kia K5 offers more in just about every category. The front styling is more than just eye-catching, it is head-turning and, at the right trim, jaw-dropping. Both of its engine options are turbocharged, matching the sporty aesthetic of the sedan. Refer to the chart below to learn more about the 2021 Kia K5 and its available features.
Base Engine Specifications
Upgraded Engine Specifications
Interior Technology and Safety
|1.6L Turbocharged Inline-4 Engine||2.5L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine||10-Way Power Driver Seat|
|180 Horsepower||290 Horsepower||10.25-Inch Customizable Screen|
|195 lb-ft of Torque||311 lb-ft of Torque||Junction-Turning Accident Avoidance|
|8-Speed Automatic Transmission||8-Speed Automated Manual Transmission||Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-Rear|
The decision to replace the Optima came at a pivotal time for Kia. As the company logo is on the verge of change and the entire lineup moves toward a sportier identity as a whole, the 2021 Kia K5 is one of the models leading Kia into its future. Styling may not be everything but it might be what gives the K5 the edge it needs to be the dominant mid-size sedan not just this model year, but for years to come. The K5 isn’t just something to be looked at, though. The powerful available engine and abundant high-tech features make the K5 one of the best values in sedans.