The 2021 Kia K5 is here to fill the footwear of the Kia Optima, the automobile that’s largely accountable for the model’s rebirth within the U.S. market. It has loads of work to do within the mid-size sedan house, competing with vehicles just like the Toyota Camry and its Korean compatriot, the Hyundai Sonata. Now Kia has simply introduced the pricing for all the K5’s trims. The K5 LX will begin at $24,455, greater than $1,000 lower than the present Toyota Camry’s base value and solely $100 greater than the outgoing Optima.
At launch there will likely be six completely different trims to select from. The bottom mannequin LX, solely supplied with front-wheel drive, is essentially the most inexpensive choice however nonetheless comes with its personal set of helpful options. LX vehicles nonetheless get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as customary, Regular, Sensible, Sport, and Customized driving modes, a panoramic sunroof, and acoustic glass to hush the cabin at freeway speeds are all customary on the bottom mannequin. Entrance-driven LXS fashions are the subsequent step up and begin at $25,455. Nonetheless, choosing Kia’s all-wheel drive system will take the pricing as much as $27,555.
Step as much as the GT-Line fashions and also you get some sportier seems to be and a few completely different inside trimmings. GT-Line vehicles begin at $26,355 for FWD or $30,055 for AWD. The Kia K5 EX slots neatly between the LXS AWD vehicles and the GT-Line AWD trims, however can solely be had in FWD, with a base value of $28,955. All trims save for the top-of-the-range GT fashions are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque and is mated to 8-speed computerized transmission.
The sportiest model of the K5, the GT, will get a 2.5-liter inline-four that makes a wholesome 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of twist. That engine is mated to Kia’s new “wet-clutch” 8-speed DCT; nevertheless, the K5 GT is FWD solely. It’d seem to be AWD is the right option to ship all that energy to the bottom, however Kia has already mentioned its AWD system is just for vehicles with the 1.6-liter engine, and meaning AWD is out of the query for the K5 GT—for now. The GT’s pricing begins at $31,455.
K5 GTs can have an elective $4,000 GT-1 package deal that provides greater than a dozen extras to the K5. It can embrace Sensible Cruise Management, LED headlights, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, and a 10.25-inch infotainment show, and extra. Those that go for EX trim can spec the EX premium package deal, a $3,400 choices that provides related facilities, however leaves out ventilated entrance seats, and reverse parking distance warning.
The K5’s base value is decrease than each the Camry and the Accord, nevertheless it stays to be seen if its aggressive pricing is sufficient to sway consumers of these stalwart manufacturers. Or, maybe extra importantly, if the K5 is engaging sufficient to lure consumers away from the ever-growing pattern of SUV dominance within the U.S. market.