2022 Kia K5

MSRP $23,690 - $28,590

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2022 Kia K5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: November 24, 2021

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The Kia K5 took the market by storm after it replaced the popular Kia Optima sedan last year, quickly becoming one of the top-rated mid-size sedans. To keep up with the momentum, the 2022 Kia K5 comes with a handful of changes. The 2022 K5 gains more standard features like wireless device charging and a 10.3-inch touchscreen on the GT-Line and above trims while the second-base trim LXS gains rear USB charging ports. Wrapping up the changes is the addition of a 360-degree surround-view camera, front parking sensors, and power-folding outside mirror on the top-end EX trim.



2022 Kia K5

With this, the 2022 Kai K5 is offered in five trims which include LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX. The 2022 Kia K5 ticked all the right boxes when it launched this year with plenty of features, an improved cabin, and an attractive price that starts at $23,590 thus undercutting most of its rivals. Speaking of rivals the 2022 Kia K5 competes with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata. Is the 2022 Kia K5 competitive enough against its rivals? Read our detailed review below to find that out.

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Pros

Handsome styling inside and out

Affordable pricing

Powerful GT trim

Comfortable cabin loaded with tech

Cons

No hybrid model like its rivals

Rear seat headroom is limited

Ride quality isn't the best

What's New?

LXS trim gains rear USB ports

2022 Kia K5 comes with updated Kia logo.

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

10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment in standard on GT-Line and above trims.

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


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23690

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-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.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/32/38 mpg

highway range

562.40 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

LX$23,690 onwards

LXS$24,690 onwards

GT-Line$26,090 onwards

EX$28,590 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Kia K5 in Bronze sand metalic color
Bronze sand metalic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performace

7.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


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 Kia K5 gets two engine options out of which the most powerful is the 290-hp turbo-four motor exclusive to the GT trim. While the rest of the trims only get a 180-hp turbo-four motor. With this, the base trim starts under $24,000 making it a very compelling choice given the features and equipment it offers. 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 also in a typical Kia fashion are nicely done and feature good quality material all around.

Kia K5 being a new name in the mid-size sedan segment, Kia managed to sell more than 30,000 units of the 2021 K5, which is still a fraction of the sales figures of segment leaders like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But with the 2022 Kia K5, it is eyeing a bigger share in the sales number. But with all the gizmos and feel-good features aside will is the Kia K5 make it possible or more important is it worth the dough? Now that's exactly what we have talked about below.

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Front Angle View
2022 Kia K5 Sedan Rear Angle View

7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2022 Kia K5 Features

7.5/10

The 2022 Kia K5 is offered in a total of five trim choices namely LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT. 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. The Kia K5 GT has been covered by us in a separate review while for this review we will see the other four trims. The 2022 K5 is an FWD sedan as standard while it offers AWD only on two trims namely LXS and GT-Line. The base LX trim starts under $24,000 and the topmost EX trim maxes out under $29,000. Apart from the standard features listed below, the K5 also comes standard with safety and driver-assistance features like lane keep assist, forward collision mitigation, and driver attention monitor.

As for the optional features the GT-Line trim offers a GT-Line Premium package that packs in gloss-black exterior trims, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and ambient interior lighting. While if you have the GT-Line trim in AWD then this package also adds a heated steering wheel. Another optional package is on the EX trim. The EX Premium package comes with 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. 

Trims

LX

LXS

GT-Line

EX

MSRP (FWD)

$23,590

$24,690

$26,090

$28,590

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$26,490

$27,690

N/A

Key Features

180-hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine

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
  6-speaker sound system   Fabric and simulated leather upholstery 12-speaker Bose premium sound system

2022 Kia K5 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2022 Kia K5 continues 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 K5 GT 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.

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Engine Bay

Performance wise the base engine powered K5 is lackluster and does 0-60 MPH sprint in a lazy 7.8 seconds which is below-par for the segment. The Accord beats the K5 by a margin of 0.6 seconds while the Camry beats it by a margin of 0.4 seconds in the 0-60 MPH runs. While its Korean twin, the Sonata was one-tenth of a second quicker in the same run. 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.

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 7.7
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. On the contrary to the Korean twins, the Japanese twins, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry command a higher premium. 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. 

2022 Kia K5 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2022 Kia K5 has an EPA estimated fuel economy figure of 29 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. Although these figures are only applicable for the base LX trim with FWD. All the other trims with FWD returns 27 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway while getting an AWD sees a drop in gas mileage by 2 MPG in the city and 4 MPG on the highway. A 14.8-gallon fuel tank is offered on the K5 which is at par with what the rival sedans get.

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.

2022 Kia K5 Interior

8.5/10

The interior of the 2022 Kia K5 is a huge update over the outgoing Kia Optima with a clean and elegant look along with liberal use of wood trims on the dashboard and doors. The design resembles newer models like the Kia Stinger and Kia K900 with gloss black plastic and an overall horizontal design. As expected with modern Kia cars, 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. 

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.

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

2022 Kia K5 Exterior

8.5/10

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.

2022 Kia K5 Sedan Front Angle View

The 2022 Kia K5 model receives the same overall design and similar color options as the 2021 K5. Although the 2022 K5 is longer than the outgoing model, which liberates more space inside and increases the cargo capacity. However, the sloping roofline and slim boot lid do limit access to a certain extent.

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 dimesionally 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

2022 Kia K5 Safety

9.0/10

The 2022 Kia 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 from IIHS. The same ratings have been carried over to the 2022 model as it sees no changes to its structure or safety features. 

2022 Kia K5 NHTSA Crash-Test

Safety Features:

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

2022 Kia K5 Competition

8.0/10

2022 Kia K5 vs 2022 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.

2022 Kia K5 vs 2022 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.

2022 Kia K5 vs 2022 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. 

2022 Kia K5 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. 


FAQs on the 2022 Kia K5:

When will be the 2022 Kia K5 available?

The 2022 Kia K5 has been released and is available for sale across all Kia dealerships.

What's new on the 2022 Kia K5?

The 2022 Kia K5 features a bevy of changes this year. The 2022 K5 comes with the updated Kia logo and gains more standard features on the LXS, GT, and GT-Line trim. Lastly, a 360-degree surround-view camera system has also been made available on the 2022 Kia K5.

Does the 2022 Kia K5 get wireless Apple CarPlay?

Yes, wireless Apple CarPlay is standard on the 2022 Kia K5.

Does the 2022 Kia K5 have a remote start?

The 2022 Kia K5 gets a remote start as standard on all except the base trim.

What all configurations are available for the 2022 Kia K5?

The 2022 Kia K5 is available in five trim levels namely LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT. That said, FWD is standard on all trims while AWD is only available on LXS and GT-Line trims.

Does the 2022 Kia K5 have a garage door opener?

Yes, the 2022 Kia K5 does get a HomeLink garage door opener.

How reliable is the Kia K5?

As per J.D.Powers, the Kia K5 has average reliability with a reliability score of 79 out of 100 in the mid-size sedan segment.

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