2022 Kia K5

Rating7.0

Ranked #18 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$23,790 - $28,690

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Key Spec of 2022 Kia K5
fuel economy

29/32/38

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Handsome styling inside and out

No hybrid model like its rivals

LXS trim gains rear USB ports

Affordable pricing

Ride quality isn't the best with larger wheels

2022 Kia K5 comes with updated Kia logo.

Powerful GT trim

Wireless device charging pad is now standard on GT-Line trim.

Comfortable cabin loaded with tech

10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment replaces the smaller 8.0-inch unit on GT-Line and above trims.

Both GT and EX trim gains front parking sensors, 360-degree surround view camera, and power-folding outside mirrors.

2022 Kia K5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 10, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Kia K5 midsize sedan enters the second model year boasting the new Kia logo and new standard features across the lineup. Though the K5 makes a splash with its attractive exterior styling, the car's pricing and equipment levels are compelling too. The 2022 K5 starts at $23,690, but this Kia's family sedan has a sportier GT version with a 290 hp engine. To keep the momentum going, Kia adds more features to the 2022 K5 including wireless device charging and a 10.3-inch touchscreen on the GT-Line and above trims. A 360-degree surround-view camera, front parking sensors, and power-folding outside mirror are now standard on GT and EX trim.


2022 Kia K5

Most K5 models get a 180 hp engine that's adequate but the K5 GT up the antics. Sadly, the base engine is the only way to get the optional all-wheel drive. Overall the 2022 K5 is an impressive sedan be it for family or not. Speaking of rivals the 2022 Kia K5 competes with other midsize cars such as Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata


Over All Rating

7.0

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Notable Rankings

#18 in Midsize Sedan

#20 in Sedan


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Trims

LX$23,790 onwards

  • 16-Inch wheels
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • USB ports for rear passengers

LXS$24,790 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding rear seats
  • Blind-Spot monitor
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • USB ports for rear passengers

GT-Line$26,190 onwards

  • 18-Inch wheels
  • Foglights
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad

EX$28,690 onwards

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Simulated leather upholstery

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2022 Kia K5 EX

EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

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EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

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2022 Kia K5 EX

EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

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2022 Kia K5 EX

EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

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2022 Kia K5 GT-Line

GT-Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 8A)

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2022 Kia K5 GT-Line

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2023 Kia K5 Sedan

EX FWD

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2023 Kia K5 Sedan

EX FWD

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2023 Kia K5 Sedan

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Colors and Styles

2022 Kia K5 in Bronze sand metalic color
Bronze sand metalic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2022 Kia K5 is based on the new Hyundai-Kia N3 platform, which also underpins several other Hyundai/Kia models, including the Sonata. The 2022 K5 comes with two engine options, but the 290-hp turbo-four motor is limited to the GT trim. Most K5 models get the smaller turbo-four engine. The base LX trim with standard front-wheel drive starts at an MSRP of $23,690, making the 2022 K5 a compelling choice in the mid-size class.  As far as driving the K5 is considered it is far from being labeled as fun-to-drive but its sporty look does grab eyeballs. The interiors reflect typical Kia fashion that is nicely done and feature good quality material all around.

The 2022 K5 being a newer name in the mid-size sedan segment, Kia managed to sell more than 30,000 units of the 2021 model, in the first year of launch. The market leaders in terms of sales are the old names including the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. With all the modern gizmos, feel-good features, and exceptional warranty, the new Kia K5 spikes the interest with its GT edition.


Buying Advice

The GT-Line has a sporty exterior, nicer interior, and bigger screen. The 2022 K5 GT Line gets a new 360-degree camera system, power-folding exterior mirrors, and front parking sensors. By spending another $2,500 over the base model, buyers can get into GT-Line trim, which brings the option of all-wheel drive for $1,800 as well as more standard equipment. 

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Features
7.5/10

"The K5 is a stylish and nicely appointed family sedan, and also a great value." - CarandDriver.com

The 2022 K5 is offered in five trims: base LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and range-topping GT. The most affordable Kia K5 for sale is the base LX trim which costs $23,690 excluding the destination charge. On spending $1000 more, you can get the better-equipped LXS trim that has the option of an all-wheel-drive along with more standard features. The mid-level GT-Line trim starts at $26,090, EX costs $28,590 and  the sportier 290 hp K5 GT costs $31,090 (reviewed separately). 

Changes for the latest K5 sedan include an expanded standard features list on the GT-Line and upper trim levels. These models now comes with a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system replacing the base 8.0-inch touchscreen unit. All front-drive GT-Line models get a wireless smartphone charger on the center console, too. The higher EX and GT models get a new 360-degree camera system, power-folding exterior mirrors, and front parking sensors.

Trims

LX

LXS

GT-Line

EX

MSRP (FWD)

$23,690

$24,690

$26,090

$28,590

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$26,490

$27,690

N/A

Key Features

6-speaker sound system

Upgrades to LX

Upgrades to LXS

Upgrades to GT-Line

 

16-inch alloy wheels

Remote engine start

18-inch alloy wheel

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

Remote keyless entry

60/40-split folding rear seat

Front foglights

Heated steering wheel
 

LED Multi-reflector headlight

Proximity keyless entry and push-button start

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system w/ Navigation

Ambient Lighting

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Second-row USB charging ports

SiriusXM satellite radio

Panoramic sunroof

  6-way power-adjustable front seats Blind-spot monitor w/ rear-cross traffic alert Wireless phone charger

Simulated leather upholstery

 

Panoramic Sunroof

Rear passenger safe-exit system 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat Rearview camera w/ dynamic guidelines
  8-inch touchscreen w/ wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto   Leather-wrapped steering wheel Rear AC vents
      Fabric and simulated leather upholstery 12-speaker Bose premium sound system

The K5 GT-Line offers an AWD option for another $1,600 and the same sporty exterior styling as the GT model but features the base 1.6-liter engine. Like every Kia model, the 2022 K5 sedan comes with a great 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.

Standard Features

The entry-level LX comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple car play, Android Auto LED headlights/daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and selectable driving modes.

The standard safety and driver-assistance features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and a rear-occupant alert.

Available Features

The EX and GT-Line cars are eligible for trim-specific Premium packages that add features like Bose premium sound system, heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front passenger seat, memory function for driver's seat, forward parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree surround-view parking camera, and rear automatic braking. Among these, some items are standard and optional in the GT.

A GT1 package is offered with the 2022 K5 GT that adds driver’s-seat/side-mirror memory settings, 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated steering wheel, advanced driver aids, reverse emergency braking, 360-degree camera system, front parking sensors, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system.

A few options apply to the base LX, such as premium paint and remote start.

Engine and Performance
5.0/10

"he K5 nudges the performance needle just a little in the right direction." -TheCarConnection.com

Most of the 2022 K5 use a 180 hp 1.6L turbocharged Inline-4 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic. The engine comes standard with front-wheel-drive, however, the LXS and GT-Line are available with an all-wheel-drive system, but not the GT. The 180hp front-drive K5 accelerates to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, while the 2022 Sonata takes 7.4 seconds to reach 60 mph

The sporty GT is motivated by a more powerful 290 hp 2.5L turbo-four engine, allowing the sedan to sprint to the 60 MPH mark in just 5.4 seconds. The Sonata N Line was slightly quicker to 60 mph, clocking 5.0 seconds. The GT model is only available in the FWD layout and gets a quick-shifting 8-speed DCT automatic transmission.

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Engine Bay

The 2022 Accord and the 2022 Camry are also quicker than the K5 by a margin of 0.6 seconds and 0.4 seconds in the 0-60 MPH test. Although the 2022 K5 is comfortable and balanced on the road, with precise and well-weighted steering. The handling isn't close to more accomplished rivals like the Honda Accord. Overall, most customers will be impressed with the balanced ride, but enthusiasts will be left wanting.

The sportiest K5 model is equipped with bigger brakes, a unique suspension tune, and wider tires on larger 19-inch rims. The GT trim stopped from 70 mph in 163 feet. Driving in Sport mode adds more fun with more weighted steering. Most K5 models offer a compliant ride, provided it is equipped with 17-inch wheels. The higher trims with the 18-inch wheels have a slightly stiff ride. 

Models

2022 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$23,690

$25,470

$25,295

$24,150

Engine

1.6-liter turbocharged Inline-4

1.5-liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.5-liter naturally aspirated Inline-4

2.5-liter naturally aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

CVT

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

180 hp @ 5,500 RPM

192 hp @ 5,500 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

191 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque

195 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec) 7.8 7.2 7.6 7.4
Quarter-mile (sec) 16.0 15.3 15.7 15.9
Top Speed (MPH) 130 122 130 130

Starting with the price the Kia K5 is surely the best-priced option followed by the Hyundai Sonata. All the sedans here come with FWD as standard while transmission duties are taken care of by an 8-speed automatic gearbox except for the Accord that offers a CVT gearbox instead. Looking at the power figures the Camry with its big naturally aspirated motor is the most powerful while the Accord with a smaller turbocharged motor produces the highest torque figures. 

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

The 2022 K5 with the base four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 29 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. Getting an AWD sees a sharp drop in the K5's gas mileage, returning 25 mpg city and 33 highway. A 14.8-gallon fuel tank is standard on all K5 models, which delivers an average range as compared to rivals.

Models

2022 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

29

30

28

28

MPG (Highway)

38

38

39

38

MPG (Combined)

32

33

32

32

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.8

14.8

15.8

14.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

429/ 562/ 473

444/ 562/ 488

442/ 616/ 506

414/ 562/ 474

The Honda Accord leads the pack with an impressive combined EPA rating of 33 MPG. The Kia K5, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata offer similar efficiency figures, but the Camry stands out thanks to its bigger 15.8-gallon fuel tank and impressive highway range of 616 miles. When comparing the city range, Hyundai Sonata offers the least at 414 miles.

Interior
7.0/10

"The K5's interior is thoughtfully designed to be user-friendly." - Edmunds.com

The 2022 Kia K5 builds on the goods of the Kia Optima with a clean, elegant, and spacious cabin. The use of good quality materials like wood trims on the dashboard and doors adds to the appeal. The design resembles newer models like the Stinger and K900 with gloss black plastic and an overall horizontal design. The build quality is excellent with high-quality materials used everywhere.

the K5 also offers an array of upscale interior features, such as ambient interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless charging pad. The floating infotainment display hovers over the dashboard above the unique horizontal vents. The climate controls sit below the vents and are easy to access. The K5 also gets a modern flat-bottom steering wheel with plenty of controls. 

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Front Seats

The K5 gets comfortable seating at the front and rear with plenty of legroom and headroom even for tall passengers. Cloth upholstery is standard, while the higher trims get synthetic leather upholstery and power adjustability for both the front seats. The GT model gets unique leather upholstery with sports seats at the front for extra support. The sedan comes with a cargo capacity of 16 cubic feet, which is a competitive offering for the segment.

The rear legroom of 35.2 inches, which is quite less as compared to the Honda Accord's 40.4 inches, and the Toyota Camry's 38 inches. However, the contoured ceiling of the K5 does maximize rear headroom. 

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Infotainment Display

The 2022 Kia K5 gets a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is easy to use and also gets physical controls for easy access. Features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Kia also offers an optional 10.25-inch system with customizable profiles and dual Bluetooth connections. A 12-speaker audio system from Bose is also on the options list. 

Models

2022 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

40.2/ 58.0/ 46.1

39.5/ 58.3/ 42.3

38.3/ 57.7/ 42.1

40.0/ 57.9/ 46.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

37.8/ 56.1/ 35.2

37.3/ 56.5/ 40.4

38.0/ 55.7/ 38.0

38.4/ 56.1/ 34.8

Cargo Capacity (ft³.)

16.0

16.7

15.1

16.0

Among the sedans here, the front row seats are the most spacious on the Kia K5 and mechanically similar to Sonata. But move to the rear seats and there you will see that it's the Honda Accord followed by the Toyota Camry that offers best-in-class space and legroom. Moving to the trunk here also the Honda Accord offers the highest capacity of 16.7 cubic feet followed by the K5 with 16 cubic feet while the Camry gets the smallest trunk space of 15.1 cubic feet among all the sedans here.

Interior Features:

  • Push-button start
  • Wireless charging
  • Power-adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Front seat heating and ventilation
  • Leather-steering wheel w/ heating function
Exterior
6.0/10

With the 2022 K5, Kia went for a more aggressive look with sharp and sporty design elements. Like the 2022 Hyundai Sonata, the 2022 K5 also gets sweeping headlights that extend to the fenders and a wide light bar at the rear. The rear gets an elegant design with dual exhausts and a slim boot lid with vents at both sides. The roofline goes all the way to the boot, giving it a coupe-like design. The K5 has an overall longer wheelbase than the Optima, making more space inside,

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Front Angle View

The 2022 K5 pictures show the same overall design as the 2021 K5, except for the new Kia badge. The lower two trims have 16-inch alloy wheels, the GT-Line and EX have 18-inch alloys, and the sportier GT wear 19-inch alloys. The only premium paint color offered across the range is Glacial White Pearl. A Wolf Gray paint color option is available on the GT-Line and GT models.

Models

2022 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3581

3150

3310

3120

Length (in.)

193.1

192.1

192.1

192.9

Width (in.)

73.2

73.3

72.4

73.2

Height (in.)

56.9

57.1

56.9

56.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

5.7

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2

111.4

111.2

111.8

Overall, the K5 is a handsome car that looks much better than the outgoing model and follows the modern Kia design language. When it comes to the curb weight, Toyota Camry comes out to be the heaviest option at 3,310 lbs, followed by Honda Accord at 3,150 lbs. While dimensionally all the sedans here are almost similar in size give or take an inch.

Exterior Features:

  • LED projector headlights
  • Quad-tip dual exhaust
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Gloss black rear spoiler
  • LED fog lights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
Safety
7.0/10

Kia's family sedan earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, earning the highest Good score in all six crashworthiness categories. The 2022 K5 should receive similarly admirable safety scores as it comes with ample standard and optional driver-assistance technology. The 2021 K5 received a full 5-star overall safety score in the NHTSA crash tests. 

2022 Kia K5 NHTSA Crash-Test

Safety Features:

All K5 trims come equipped with nine airbags while the standard driver-assist and active safety features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. All trims except the base have rear and side cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Higher trims also get adaptive cruise control as part of Kia's Highway Driving Assist (HDA) suite. Key Highlights:

  • Forward collision avoidance assist w/ pedestrian detection
  • Driver attention warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • High beam assist
Competition
8.0/10

Kia K5 vs Honda Accord

With its long list of features and competent powertrains, the Kia K5 can finally go toe-to-toe with the Honda Accord, offering features like all-wheel-drive and a feature-packed interior. The K5 is also backed by Kia’s excellent basic warranty packages which easily outclass its rivals.

2022 Honda Accord 

The Accord, on the other hand, offers a roomier cabin and an efficient hybrid powertrain. The Accord is also quicker in terms of acceleration figures. When it comes to choosing between the two, it all comes down to what you expect from your sedan.

Kia K5 vs Toyota Camry

When compared against the best-selling Toyota Camry, the 2022 Kia K5 gets improved safety features and some modern driving aids like safe exit assist and blind-spot cameras. Performance-wise, both models are the same, but the K5 lacks a hybrid powertrain.

2022 Toyota Camry

The improved looks of the K5 also back it up compared to the Camry. The K5 also handles and is overall more fun to drive than the Camry. Making the Kia K5 worthy enough to breathe down the neck of the Camry.

Kia K5 vs Hyundai Sonata

Both the Kia K5 and Hyundai Sonata are based on the same platform and offer a spacious and comfortable cabin. But that’s where the similarities end. Both models get different styling both inside and out, with the Kia going for a more sporty and sharp look with available all-wheel-drive and extra technology.

2022 Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata, on the other hand, is a more sensible choice with an elegant design and a hybrid powertrain similar to market leaders like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Thus making the Sonata a slightly better package between the two. 

Final Verdict
8.0/10

The 2022 Kia K5 is a huge improvement over the outgoing Kia Optima in every single area. With a modern design and a long list of features, the 2022 K5 is one of the best mid-size sedans on the market. The biggest drawback continues to be the lack of a hybrid powertrain which when made available will appeal to a wider range of customers. With the death of sedans looming on the horizon, the Kia K5 is a breath of fresh air to the segment and shows us how good a sedan can be. Thus if you’re looking for a jack of all trades sedan, look no further than the Kia K5. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$24790

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

98 cu in

horse power

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

193.1 in

wheelbase

112.2 in

width

73.2 in

curb weight

3148 lbs

Height

56.9 in

Ground Clearance

5.3 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

105.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

27/31/37 mpg


Kia K5 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$27,133
5 Year Cost To Own
$40,271
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $40,271
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$6,302$1,446$1,370$1,619$1,516$12,253
Insurance$1,317$1,313$1,371$1,485$1,517$7,003
Fuel$1,437$1,538$1,617$1,605$1,637$7,834
Maintenance$365$725$490$1,183$1,614$4,377
Repairs$30$-46$36$-19$839$840
Financing Interest$1,683$1,343$1,046$685$252$5,009
Taxes and Fees$2,309$215$130$133$168$2,955
Total Cost-To-Own$13,443$6,534$6,060$6,691$7,543$40,271
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