2021 Kia K5 Preview for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The Kia Optima midsized sedan has not only been redesigned for the 2021 model year, it’s been reinvented with a completely new name: the K5. Although crossovers and SUVs dominate the vehicle market, Kia knows there’s still an eager market for a well-appointed four-door that’s neither too big nor too small. With the K5’s daring style, a spacious interior that’s filled to the brim with upscale features, a smooth powertrain, and available all-wheel drivetrain, it’s more than ready to show its many merits and take on the competition with confidence. Better still, it’s downright affordable and comes with an exceptional 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Trims and Powertrain
The 2021 Kia K5 will be made in five trim levels: the LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT. All trims but the GT will be outfitted with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque) and an all-new eight-speed automatic. As mentioned above, AWD will be optional, but only for the LXS and GT-Line trims. The sportier GT gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with multi-port injection. This powerplant makes 290 horses, and its 311 lb.-ft. of torque is expected to be best-in-class. The transmission will be a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with standard paddle shifters. Front-wheel drive is the rule on all trims, but the LXS and GT-Line are eligible for AWD.
Amenities by Trim Level
The inside of the 2021 Kia K5 is comfortable and well-outfitted, especially as the trim levels rise. The base LX gets body-color door handles and power-adjustable side mirrors with heat feature to melt away the frost, solar-controlling glass, a sound-absorbing windshield, dual-zone automatic climate control, bottle holders in the front and rear doors, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth capability, and a front console with a data port and charging port. The LXS is the least-expensive trim that’s eligible for all-wheel drive. For standard equipment, it adds illuminated door handles, a couple more active safety features (see the next section for details), Smart Key technology (push-button start, remote start, and immobilizer), and a Smart Trunk. The second row also gets a little more comfortable and versatile in this trim with a split-folding (60/40) seat with adjustable headrests and a rear center armrest with USB ports and cup holders.
The mid-grade GT-Line trim gets special body and grille styling, plus sport-black mirrors and spoiler, fog lights, special upholstery in a blend of cloth and synthetic leather, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, an extra USB port, and Pirelli tires on 18-inch black alloy wheels. The EX gets grey alloy wheels (18-inch), rear air-conditioning vents, LED interior lighting, a wireless phone charger, and full faux leather seats that are heated and ventilated in the front. The GT will follow the other trims with late availability (slated for November 2020); it will look much like the lower-priced GT-Line, but with heated bucket front seats (the ventilation will be optional), quad-tipped dual exhaust, a track-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and trim-specific brake calipers.
Safety and Technology
On the infotainment front, the 2021 Kia K5 will come with a standard 8-inch or optional 10.25-inch touchscreen that’s enveloped in a large piano-black bezel which also houses the car’s gauge cluster. A volume knob and buttons on the steering wheel will be furnished, but most of the controls will be touch-sensitive. The smaller display comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; however, the larger one does not and requires a corded connection. To make up for it, the upgraded unit includes customizable profiles and the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time. A premium 12-speaker Bose audio system and integrated navigation will also be available.
All 2021 Kia K5s will get a standard package of driver aids, with more features on higher trims. The base LX gets 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, rearview monitor with dynamic parking guidelines, and rear occupant alert. The LXS adds rear exit assist and a blind-spot monitor rear cross-traffic alert. Rear parking distance warning is standard on the EX and available on the GT. An outstanding new optional technology will be Kia’s new junction turning accident avoidance system with bicyclist detection as part of the forward collision warning technology. An advanced adaptive cruise control system with highway drive assist that can use navigation data to slow or speed up the car based on speed-limit signs will be another deluxe option.
0Customer has option to defer monthly payments for up to 90 days (must finance through dealer with select lender). Contract date must be between 1/1/2021-1/31/2021. Monthly payments begin 90 days from contract date. Customer responsible for accrued interest charges. Deferred monthly payments are subject to approval by lender. Approvals are based on credit score, down payment, vehicle age, vehicle mileage and term requested. Not valid for purchases made prior to 1/1/2021. See dealer for details.
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