2021 Kia K5

At a Glance

Pricing $23,590 - $30,590
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 1.6l I4 T, 2.5l I4 T
Transmissions A8, SM8
Fuel Economy 24-29 (city), 32-38 (highway)

What Changed:

For 2021 Kia's all-new midsize sedan adopts a new (to the US) K5 nameplate replacing the long-running Optima name. Compared to the Optima, the K5 is about 2 in longer in wheelbase and overall length. The K5 is slightly smaller on the inside, losing about 3 cu-ft. of passenger volume. All but the top sport models equip a 180-bhp 1.6l turbo four mated to an eight-speed automatic whereas the K5 GT equips a larger 290 horsepower 2.5l turbo four and dual clutch 8-speed. AWD is optional on all but the GT trim level.

Official Word:

Nearly a decade after the 2011 Kia Optima paved the way for one of the auto industry's most significant growth and achievement stories, Kia Motors America (KMA) is resetting expectations once again with the reveal of the all-new K5 mid-size sedan. Representing one of the biggest leaps forward between generations in recent automotive history, the K5 celebrates this bold new chapter in Kia's story with an equally bold name to emphasize the mid-size sedan's revolutionary design,...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI MSRP
K5 LX 1.6T 1.6l I4 T (180-bhp) A8 FWD 29 / 38 / 32 58 $23,590
K5 LXS 1.6T 1.6l I4 T (180-bhp) A8 FWD 27 / 37 / 31 58 $24,590
K5 LXS 1.6T 1.6l I4 T (180-bhp) A8 AWD 26 / 34 / 29 56 $26,690
K5 GT-Line 1.6T 1.6l I4 T (180-bhp) A8 FWD 27 / 37 / 31 64 $25,490
K5 GT-Line 1.6T 1.6l I4 T (180-bhp) A8 AWD 26 / 34 / 29 58 $29,190
K5 EX 1.6T 1.6l I4 T (180-bhp) A8 FWD 27 / 37 / 31 64 $28,090
K5 GT 2.5T 2.5l I4 T (290-bhp) SM8 FWD 24 / 32 / 27 69 $30,590