In 2021, Kia replaced the long-running Optima family car with the K5, an unimaginatively named car that nonetheless is handsome, if not particularly memorable in appearance.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
There are no changes to the K5 for the 2023 model year.
Kia offers the K5 in LX, EX, GT-Line, and GT trim levels. The first three use a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. GT models trade up to a 2.5L turbo engine mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive.
LX trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beams, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, and passive keyless entry. Inside, there are heated front seats with driver’s power adjustments, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone A/C, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, and a 4.2-inch driver info display.
K5’s standard safety kit includes a rear occupant alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keep/follow assist, and forward collision mitigation.
EX gains 18-inch wheels, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic roof, synthetic leather upholstery, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control, junction turning assist, rear parking sensors, and a heated windshield.
GT-Like models add power-folding side mirrors, black wheels, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, highway drive assist, an auto-dimming interior mirror, and safe exit assist.
GT starts out with stronger brakes, 19-inch black wheels, LED fog lights, digital gauges, a head-up display, rear parking collision mitigation.
Kia’s fuel consumption estimates for the K5 are 9.2/6.9 L/100 km (city/highway) for 1.6L/AWD models, and 9.9/7.3 L/100 km in 2.5L/FWD variants.
The K5’s competitors are the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed