2022 Kia K5

MSRP $23,690

Ranked #6 in Sedan

7.7

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2022 Kia K5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021


The Kia K5 took the market by storm after it replaced the popular Optima sedan last year, quickly becoming one of the best mid-size sedans on the market. Because of its recent launch, the 2022 Kia K5 is not expected to get any major changes except the inclusion of a hybrid powertrain, some safety technology additions, and some new exterior color options. The Kia K5 ticked all the right boxes when it launched this year with plenty of features, an improved cabin, and an attractive price that undercuts most of its rivals. The K5 also looks thoroughly modern and contemporary compared to its competition.

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Pros

Handsome styling inside and out

Affordable pricing

Powerful base powertrain

Comfortable cabin loaded with tech

Cons

No hybrid model like its rivals

Rear seat space is limited

Flashy styling could be a turn off for some

Not proven yet

What's New?

New hybrid powertrain expected

Updated safety features

New exterior color options

Special Nightfall edition expected


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23690

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

engine type

horsepower

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic w/OD

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

193.1 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

56.9 in.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.3 cu ft.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

LX$23,690 onwards

Ratings

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The new K5 is based on the new Hyundai-Kia N3 platform, which also underpins several other Hyundai/Kia models, including the Sonata and newer models like the Kia K8. If Kia decides to launch a hybrid model, it could bump prices, but the regular models will remain the same with prices ranging from $23,600 for the base LX model to $30,600 for the potent GT DCT model, which gets a more powerful 2.5L engine paired to a quick-shifting DCT gearbox. Kia managed to shift more than 30,000 units this year, which is a fraction of segment leaders like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The new Kia K5 also goes toe-to-toe with the Hyundai Sonata, which shares the same platform and drivetrains. 


7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 Kia K5 Features

Since the K5 was newly introduced just last year in 2021, the 2022 lineup carries forward with minimal changes. Although a hybrid drivetrain is expected, the current selection of engines is quite attractive too. Out of the 4 trims, the LX, the LXS, and the EX get a 1.6L turbocharged Inline 4 engine producing a healthy 180 horsepower, while the GT-Line gets a 2.5L turbocharged Inline 4, capable of producing 290 horsepower. 

Trims

LX

LXS

GT-Line

EX

MSRP (FWD)

$23,590

$24,590

$25,490

$28,090

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$26,690

$29,190

N/A

Key Features

Electronic Parking Brake w/Auto-hold

Upgrades to LX

Upgrades to LXS

Upgrades to GT-Line

 

16-inch Alloy Wheels

Remote Engine Start

18-inch Sport Alloy Wheel

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

 

Keyless Entry

Split-folding Rear Seat w/Center Armrest

Glossy Black Rear Spoiler

Ambient Lighting

 

LED Multi-reflector headlight

Push-button Start

GT Line Front and Rear Bumper

10.25-inch Display w/Navigation

 

Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control

6-speaker Audio System

GT-Line Leather Trim and Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

Bose Premium Sound System

 

8-Way Powered Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat w/Power Lumbar Support

UVO link, SiriusXM

 
 

Panoramic Sunroof

Wireless Smartphone Charger

   

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The GT-Line catches our attention here. Its impressive selection of styling and safety features along with its 2.5L turbocharged engine makes it an attractive choice. Furthermore, with the choice between an FWD or AWD drivetrain, the GT-Line provides the richest driving experience among its lineup.

2022 Kia K5 Engine and Performance

Other than the expected Hybrid powertrain, the regular models of the 2022 Kia K5 will continue to get the 1.6L turbocharged Inline-4 engine producing 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque as standard, which is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The LXS and GT-Line models can be bought with an all-wheel-drive system for $3,700 extra. The top-end GT-Line gets a more powerful 2.5L engine producing an impressive 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque, which allows it to blast past the 60 MPH mark in just 5.2 seconds, and crosses the quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds. The GT model is only available in the FWD layout and gets a quick-shifting 8-speed DCT automatic transmission.

The K5 is comfortable and balanced on the road, with precise and well-weighted steering. The handling still doesn’t come close to more accomplished rivals like the Honda Accord, and there is some lean during corners. Overall, most customers will be impressed with the balanced ride, but enthusiasts will be left wanting. To counter this, Kia has equipped the top-end GT model with sport-tuned suspension and bigger brakes for corner-carving pleasure.

Models

2022 Kia K5

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$23,600

$25,000

$25,100

$24,000

Engine

1.6L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

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 @ 1,500 RPM

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

The 1.6L engine also does its duty in the Hyundai Elantra, Kona, and the Sonata, while the more powerful 2.5L engine also powers the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia K8, and Kia Sorento. Unsurprisingly, the 2.5 feels the most alive in the K5 compared to other models, thanks to its low weight and handling. The base Kia K5 hits 60 MPH in just 7 seconds thanks to its modern turbocharged engine but still falls behind the Accord which takes just 6.6 seconds despite using a lower capacity engine and CVT transmission. The Hyundai Sonata comes next with a time of 7.1 seconds. The Camry is the slowest of the lot, taking 7.3 seconds to reach 60 MPH. 

2022 Kia K5 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Fuel economy remains an important aspect while buying a car in these kinds of segments. We can expect the 2022 model to get similar efficiency figures as the last year, at 29 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. The top-end GT line cuts the rating down by 5 MPG. The K5 also gets an average tank capacity of 14.8 gallons. The range stands at 562 miles on the highway, which is plenty for long road trips. 

Models

2022 Kia K5

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 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

442/616/505

414/562/473

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.

2022 Kia K5 Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the K5 is a huge update over the outgoing Optima with a clean and elegant look with liberal use of wood trims on the dashboard and doors. The design resembles newer models like the Stinger and K900 with gloss black plastic and an overall horizontal design. As expected with modern Kia models, build quality is excellent with high-quality materials used everywhere. 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. 

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.

Models

2022 Kia K5

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Hyundai Sonata

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.2/58/46.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

40/57.9/46.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.8/56.1/35.2

37.3/56.5/40.4

38/55.7/38

38.4/56.1/34.8

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16

16.7

15.1

16

The 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. 

Features like ambient interior lights and other several features make the K5 interior look and feel like it’s from a segment above. Since the K5 is new to the market, we can expect interiors to remain the same for the 2022 model barring some small updates. Some notable interior features expected to make way into 2022 Kia K5 are as follows:

  • 10.25-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation
  • 12-speaker Bose sound system
  • Push-button start
  • Wireless charging
  • Power-adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Front seat heating and ventilation

2022 Kia K5 Exterior

9.0/10

With the K5, Kia went for a more aggressive look with sharp and sporty design elements. Like the Hyundai Sonata, the 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.

We can expect the 2022 Kia K5 model to receive the same design with some new color options. The K5 is also longer than the outgoing model, which liberates more space inside and increases the cargo capacity to a healthy 16 cubic feet. However, the sloping roofline and slim boot lid do limit access to a certain extent. The higher trims get 60/40 split rear seats, which allow even more cargo space. 

Models

2022 Kia K5

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

2021 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,115

3,150

3,310

3,120

Length (inches)

193.1

196.1

192.1

192.9

Width (inches)

73.2

73.3

72.4

73.2

Height (inches)

56.9

57.1

56.9

56.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

N/A

5.7

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

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. Some notable exterior features expected to make way into the 2022 Kia K5 are as follows:

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

2022 Kia K5 Safety

9.0/10

The new K5 is based on the new Hyundai-Kia N3 platform which also underpins several models from both manufacturers and uses a steel unibody design. The 2021 Kia K5 received a full 5-star overall rating in the NHTSA tests and received a “Good” overall rating in the IIHS tests. The K5 also earned the “Top Safety Pick+” award like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. We can expect the 2022 model to get even more safety features, but as of now, the current model gets plenty of advanced features as standard. 

Higher trims also get forward collision avoidance with cyclist and junction detection, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, reverse park distance warning, highway driving assist, and a lot more. Some standard active safety expected to be part of 2022 Kia K5 include the following:

  • Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection
  • Driver attention warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane following assist
  • High beam assist

2022 Kia K5 Competition

8.0/10

2022 Kia K5 vs 2021 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. The Accord, on the other hand, offers a roomier cabin and an efficient hybrid powertrain. The Accord is also quicker, especially with the 2.0T engine. When it comes to choosing between the two, it all comes down to what you want from your sedan.

2022 Kia K5 vs 2021 Toyota Camry

When compared against the best-selling Camry, the K5 gets improved safety features and some modern driving aids like safe exit assist and blind-spot cameras. Performance-wise, both models are basically the same, but the K5 lacks a hybrid powertrain. The improved looks of the K5 also back it up compared to the Camry. The K5 also takes the handling crown and is more fun to drive. Overall, the Kia K5 is finally good enough to dethrone the Camry, all it needs now is a hybrid powertrain.

2022 Kia K5 vs 2021 Hyundai Sonata

Both the K5 and 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. 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. The Sonata also gets a better warranty package and is the better overall package of the two. 

2022 Kia K5 Final Verdict

The 2022 Kia K5 is expected to be a huge improvement over the outgoing Optima in every single area. With a modern design and a long list of features, the K5 is one of the best mid-size sedans on the market. The biggest drawback continues to be the lack of a hybrid powertrain, but that is expected to change in 2022, which will make the K5 more appealing 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 compared to the ever-growing SUV craze. If you’re looking for an all-around fun-to-drive sedan, look no further than the Kia K5. 

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