Kia has a new midsize sedan with a new name – the 2021 K5. Replacing the aging Optima, the elegant four-door will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $ 23,490 and up to 32 miles per gallon combined, depending on how you specify it. Sure, the EPA gave us an idea of the K5’s fuel economy figures in May, but now the Kia has made it official.
The base Kia K5 LX with front-wheel drive and the standard 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is the most efficient in the group, with 29 mpg in the city, 38 on the highway and 32 combined. Next are the front-wheel drive LXS and GT-Line models, which get 27 mpg in the city, 37 highways and 31 combined. All-wheel drive versions lower the overall figure, of course, but the K5 still gets up to 29 mpg combined with all-wheel power.
|K5 LX (FWD)||29 MPG||38 MPG||32 MPG|
|K5 LXS (FWD)||27 MPG||37 MPG||31 MPG|
|K5 LXS (AWD)||26 MPG||36 MPG||29 MPG|
|K5 GT-Line (FWD)||27 MPG||37 MPG||31 MPG|
|K5 GT-Line (AWD)||26 MPG||34 MPG||29 MPG|
|K5 EX (FWD)||27 MPG||37 MPG||31 MPG|
|K5 GT (AWD)||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
The front-wheel drive K5 is not the most efficient car in the middle class – the Toyota Camry (34 handsets) and the Honda Accord (33 handsets) are better. And the AWD K5 gets one mpg less than the Subaru Legacy (30 handsets). But the Kia corresponds to the Nissan Altima (32 handsets) and its brother the Hyundai Sonata (32 handsets). We are also planning a K5 hybrid model in the near future.
In terms of performance, the standard Kia K5 – with its 1.6-liter turbocharged engine – produces 180 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 195 lb-ft (264 newton meters) of torque. However, the K5 GT at the top of the range has a powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with a power of 290 hp (216 kW) and 311 lb-ft (422 Nm). Unfortunately, the company does not yet have fuel economy figures for the GT model.