The Kia Optima is officially out and now we have the stylish K5 midsize sedan in its place. Kia unveiled the 2021 Kia K5 last week and now we have the full pricing details. The good news is that the K5 starts at only $100 more than the outgoing 2020 Optima.
The 2021 Kia K5 starts at $24,455, including the destination fees. That gets you the base K5 LX, which comes standard with 16-inch wheels, LED headlights, an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning and automatic high beams. The LXS model starts at $25,455 and adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a push button start.
The K5 GT-Line starts at $26,355 and gives the K5 a sportier look with 18-inch wheels and fog lights. You can also add the GT-Line Premium Package for $1,600, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision avoidance, wireless phone charging and a panoramic sunroof.
The K5 EX starts at $28,955 and adds leatherette seats, heated and cooled front seats, wireless charging, parking sensors and satellite radio. The $3,400 EX Premium Package adds a Bose audio system, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control with the Highway Driving Assistant, parking sensors and a 10.2-inch infotainment screen.
The K5 comes standard with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can also add all-wheel drive to the LXS and GT-Line models.
If you want more power, you’ll want to go with the K5 GT ($31,455), which is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 290 hp and 311 lb-ft. of torque, that’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The K5 GT will also eventually be available with all-wheel drive.