2021 Kia K5 Midsize Sedan Official Pricing and Trim Details
The Kia K5 2021 is there to fill the shoes of the Kia Optima, the car that is largely responsible for the brand’s renaissance in the American market. It has a lot of work to do in the mid-size sedan space, competing with cars like the Toyota Camry and its Korean compatriot, the Hyundai Sonata. Now, Kia has just announced the price of all versions of the K5. The K5 LX will start at $ 24,455, more than $ 1,000 less than the current base price of the Toyota Camry and only $ 100 more than the outgoing Optima.
At launch, there will be six different versions to choose from. The base LX model, offered only with front-wheel drive, is the most affordable option, but still comes with its own set of practical features. LX cars still benefit from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, Normal, Smart, Sport and Custom driving modes, a panoramic sunroof and an acoustic window to turn off the passenger compartment at highway speeds are all standard on base model. The LXS front-wheel drive models are the next step and start at $ 25,455. However, opting for Kia’s all-wheel drive system will bring the price up to $ 27,555.
Switch to the GT-Line models and you get more sporty looks and different interior trim. GT-Line cars start at $ 26,355 for front-wheel drive or $ 30,055 for all-wheel drive. The Kia K5 EX fits perfectly between LXS AWD cars and GT-Line AWD versions, but can only be used in FWD, with a base price of $ 28,955. All versions except for the high-end GT models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder developing 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque and coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The sportiest version of the K5, the GT, gets a 2.5-liter inline four that produces a healthy 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with Kia’s new 8-speed “oil bath clutch” DCT; however, the K5 GT is front-wheel drive only. It may seem that the AWD is the perfect way to send all that power to the ground, but Kia has already said that its AWD system is only for cars with the 1.6-liter engine, which means that the AWD is out of the question for the K5 GT – for now. The price of the GT starts at $ 31,455.
The K5 GTs will have an optional $ 4,000 GT-1 package that will add more than a dozen extras to the K5. It will include smart cruise control, LED headlights, a 12-speaker Bose audio system and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, and more. Those opting for the EX version can choose the EX premium package, an option of $ 3,400 which offers similar equipment, but leaves aside the ventilated front seats and the reverse parking distance warning.
The base price for the K5 is lower than both the Camry and the Accord, but it remains to be seen whether its competitive price is enough to influence buyers of these loyal brands. Or, perhaps more importantly, if the K5 is attractive enough to keep buyers away from the ever-increasing trend of SUV dominance in the US market.