2021 Kia K5 Preview for Sale in West Springfield, MA
Most vehicle redesigns are big news, but in the case of the Kia Optima it’s really exciting, as the midsized sedan has been reinvented with a totally new name: the Kia K5. Although crossovers and SUVs dominate the vehicle market, many drivers are looking for a well-equipped four-door that’s just the right size. With the K5’s modern style, spacious interior that’s filled with advanced features, smooth powertrain, and available all-wheel drivetrain, it’s more than ready to show its merits and take on its rivals with confidence. Plus, it does all of this while remaining affordable – and it comes with an exceptional 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 3-year/36,000-mile complimentary maintenance plan that covers services like oil changes and tire rotations.
Trims and Powertrain
The ‘21 K5 is offered in five trim levels: LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT. All trims but the GT have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque and an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. As mentioned, AWD is optional, but only for the LXS and GT-Line. The performance-oriented GT upgrades to a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with multi-port injection. This formidable engine makes 290 horses, and its 311 lb.-ft. of torque leads the segment. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims, but AWD is available on the LXS and GT-Line.
Amenities by Trim Level
The base LX gets body-color door handles, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, solar-controlling glass, a sound-absorbing windshield, LED headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a front console 12-volt power outlet, and front console USB ports. The LXS is the least-expensive trim that’s eligible for all-wheel drive. It adds illuminated door handles, a couple more active safety features (see the last section for details), Smart Key technology (push-button start, remote start, and immobilizer), a Smart Trunk, and a 60/40 split-folding second-row seat. With AWD, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat will be included.
The mid-grade GT-Line shows off special body and grille styling along with sport-black mirrors and spoiler, fog lights, trim-specific upholstery in a blend of cloth and simulated leather, a leather-wrapped sport-style steering wheel, one more USB port, and Pirelli tires on 18-inch black alloy wheels. The EX gets 18-inch grey alloy wheels, rear AC vents, LED interior lighting, a wireless device charger, and full simulated leather seats (heated and ventilated in the front row). The top-end GT looks a lot like the lower-priced GT-Line, but it gets heated front seats (ventilation feature is optional), a quad-tipped dual exhaust, a track-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and special GT brake calipers.
Safety and Technology
The LX has an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability, and a six-speaker audio system. The LXS adds satellite radio and UVO link connected car services. The GT-Line, EX, and GT are eligible for an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and voice recognition. The EX and GT both qualify for a premium 12-speaker Bose audio system.
All ’21 K5’s get the Kia Drive Wise active safety technology suite, with more features added to the higher trim levels. The base package found on the LX consists of forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, a driver attention monitor with leading vehicle departure alert, high beam assist, a rearview monitor with dynamic parking guidelines, and rear occupant alert. The LXS gets a bit more: rear exit assist and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. Rear parking distance warning is standard on the EX and available on the GT. A new optional technology is Kia’s junction turning accident avoidance system with bicyclist detection. The available advanced adaptive cruise control with highway drive assist uses navigation data to slow or speed up the car based on speed-limit signs.