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October 30, 2020 by Anne Kelley

2021 Kia K5 the New Optima

Restyled. Retooled. Remade. The Kia K5 is the favorite formerly known as the Kia Optima reborn. For Kia lovers everywhere, it’s a big step with a lot of changes for the 2021 model year. The fierce styling and roadway abandon has been retained, but there’s plenty of new to the beloved sedan. Wanting to browse K5 inventory, you can now!

Kia K5: An Optima Evolution

Even though the Kia Optima was a heavily awarded vehicle, the innovators at Kia thought they could push it further. So, in 2021, they did. It’s a whole new car based on a whole new chassis, with dramatic fastback styling and a new, optional 2.5 liter turbo engine. But that’s not all this awe-inspiring vehicle has to offer. Not by a long shot.

The Kia K5 is a marriage between a sports car and a luxury sedan, providing plenty of space for a family, plenty of speed for the thrill-seeker in all of us, and plenty of details that dress it up in just as much finery as much more expensive competitors. It’s plenty of car for the money, especially considering the LX starts at $23,490 and even the top of the line GT (coming soon) is only a tiny bit pricier, at $30,490.

What’s Included?

Like all Kias, the K5 offers well-rounded standard and optional features that include safety, infotainment, and customization to help any buyer create the car of their dreams. You’ll want to keep these items in mind when you’re shopping for your own K5:

Turbo. Standard. All K5s come with turbo as a standard feature of one of two offered engines. The GT boasts a 2.5 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 290 horsepower and 311 foot-pounds of torque.

In testing, the K5 GT did 0 to 60 in 5.70 seconds and completed a quarter mile in 14.20 seconds at 103.3 miles per hour. That’s faster than the BMW 330i, which clocked 5.98 seconds from 0 to 60 and 14.41 seconds for that same quarter mile, except the BMW only reached 99.5 miles per hour.

The smaller engine available standard in all other K5s is no slouch, though. This 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbocharged motor produces 180 horsepower and 195 foot-pounds of torque.
Kia Driver Wise Driver Assist Technology. Kia made sure that your driving experience in the K5 is a safe one and loaded it down with safety features. Even the most basic model LX comes standard with:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW) with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
  • Rear View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Guidance

Other safety features to consider when you’re choosing your K5 are things like Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Safe Exit Assist (SEA), Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), just to name a few.

All Wheel Drive. Although most K5s come standard with front wheel drive, all-wheel drive (AWD) is an option on many models. Kia’s all-wheel drive is more than just four wheels in motion under their own power, though. These AWD vehicles are equipped with electronically-controlled transfer cases, which allow the car to analyze the road conditions and adjust accordingly to distribute power to the axles, optimizing traction and stability.

Drive Mode Select. Being able to adjust your driving experience means you get to fine-tune your ride, every time, without a lot of expensive and time-consuming parts changes. Drive Mode Select gives you options like ECO, which is meant to increase your fuel savings; SPORT+ that really adds a whole lot of zoom; and SMART, which automatically adjusts to your driving conditions to give you the best response possible at all times.

No Green Models for K5

Despite all the great stuff going on with the K5, there are yet to be any announcements of hybrid or plug-in hybrid options coming down the pipelines. Optima offered both, so some people looking to upgrade may be seriously disappointed when they learn the curvy K5 is not as green as its predecessor. That doesn’t mean a green model isn’t coming, just that you’ll have to wait at least until the 2022 models are out to grab one, if Kia decides to go that route.

Strictly green or not, though, the Kia K5 does pretty well for a mid-sized sedan when it comes to fuel efficiency. Depending on the configuration, your K5 will get from 27 to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 to 38 miles per gallon on the highway. You can drive to your heart’s content and still feel pretty good about the gas you’re not burning.

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