2023 Kia K5

Starting MSRP 

$26,315

Est.
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Key Spec of 2023 Kia K5
fuel economy

29/32/38

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

180 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Striking design with muscular character lines

Constricted visibility due to sloping roofline

LX trim has been dropped from the sedan's lineup

Value for money proposition

Restricted headroom

No other major changes

Sublime ride quality

Upscale and tranquil cabin

2023 Kia K5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Introduced as a replacement to the Kia Optima, the K5 sedan brought about an impending change to the brand’s lineup. As an all-new option launched in 2021, the Kia K5quickly gained popularity among the class. While most of the credit can be given to its enticing design that resonates with the sharpness it promises in its performance, the Korean proposition upheld the practical standards buyers usually associate with the class. It guarantees ample space on the inside and being a family-hauling option, the ride quality and feature list remain top-notch. It is also fuel-efficient and since it falls into a class of affordable midsize sedans, the pricing is one aspect that will not irk the buyers.

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Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#2 in Midsize Sedan

#5 in Sedan


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Trims

LX$26,315 Est. onwards



Colors and Styles

Build Car
Ebony Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

With the 2023 MY, the Kia K5 remains largely unchanged. However, the trim structure has been tweaked for better accessibility of features across the board. The midsize vehicle is now available in three trim levels, with the base LXS option carrying an initial price sticker of just above $25,000. A new Kia K5 for sale will be available at dealerships soon and it will compete against the usual bunch of the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, and the Hyundai Sonata.


Features

The 2023 Kia K5 is available in three trim levels as compared to the four-tier structure that was previously prevalent. The base LX trim has been dropped for the current MY and the LXS, which is priced at $25,090, is now the entry-level option. This is followed by the GT-Line and EX trim levels which are priced at $26,490 and $28,990, respectively. Each trim shares a common mechanical setup with a 1.6L engine assuming duty that transfers power to the front wheels. The GT-Line, however, offers an optional all-wheel-drivetrain for refined performance. A more powerful GT trim is also available with the K5, but it has been reviewed separately.  

Trim

LXS

GT-Line

EX

MSRP (FWD)

$25,090

$26,490

$28,990

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$28,190

N/A

Key Features

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Adds to or replaces features of LXS

Adds to or replaces features of GT-Line

 

8-inch display screen

10.25-inch touchscreen display

Remote Engine Start

 

16-inch alloy wheels

Optional forward-collision warning system

Heated Front seats with cooling functionality for the driver

 

Rear-cross traffic alert

Rear Spoiler

WiFi Hotspot

 

Dual-zone Climate Control

Fog Lamps

Optional Heated Steering wheel

 

Push button start/stop

Satellite Radio

Optional Rear Parking Aid

 We Recommend

The 2023 Kia K5 features a trimmed lineup as compared to the previous model year. Among the available options and keeping in mind the feature list and price, we recommend buyers opt for the mid-level GT Line trim. Not only does it offer a cogent set of features, but it is the only trim that offers an optional AWD setup as well.

Release Date

The 2023 Kia K5 release date has not yet been confirmed. However, since the sedan is available for configuration on the website, the K5 might be available for sale sooner than expected.

Engine and Performance

The 2023 Kia K5 continues with a similar setup as the yesteryear model. Under the hood, a 1.6L turbocharged engine is available as a standard offering. It produces 180hp and 195 lb.-ft of torque, which is the lowest and highest outputs, respectively, when compared to the segment. The vehicle comes mated to an 8-speed automatic unit and together the engine and transmission power the front wheels of the sedan. However, an all-wheel-drive option is also available to buyers, but it is only an optional specification on the GT-line trim.

As for performance, the current iteration of the midsize sedan is yet to be tested. However, with no changes from the previous year, we expect the acceleration timings to remain in a similar ballpark. For reference, the 2022 K5 manages to complete a 0-60 mph sprint in 7.8 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 16 seconds. Though the timings make it the slowest option, Kia’s proposition manages a top speed of 130 MPH.

Model

2023 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$25,090

$26,520

$25,845

$24,500

Engine

1.6L turbocharged inline-4

1.5L turbocharged inline-4

2.5L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

CVT

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @RPM)

180 hp @ 5,500 RPM

192 hp @ 5,500 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

191 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque (lb.-ft @RPM)

195 lb.-ft @ 4,500 RPM

192 lb.-ft @ 5,500 RPM

184 lb.-ft @ 5,000 RPM

181 lb.-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

N/A

7.2 seconds

7.6 seconds

7.4 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

N/A

15.3 seconds

15.7 seconds

15.9 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

130 MPH

122 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

When compared to the 2023 Kia K5, the 2022 Honda Accord also comes with a turbocharged engine under its hood. However, in comparison, it makes use of a CVT unit in comparison and produces 8 additional horses, which gives it a considerable lead in terms of performance. It manages to cover the 60mph mark in 7.2 seconds, which feels potent for a vehicle of its class. Both other sedans, the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry are at least a tenth-second slower and carry distinct setups, making use of naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-4 units.

2023 Kia K5 Ride and Handling

The 2023 Kia K5 carries forward without any substantial changes to its mechanical setup. So, the ride quality that the vehicle bestows remains similar to the outgoing model. It feels easy to drive and for a midsize sedan, the handling capabilities are well-defined. The steering response is also immaculate and even when cornering is concerned, body roll is restricted to a minimum. Additionally, the transmission setup feels logical and works seamlessly in correspondence with the speed. There is seldom any lag while shifting and for the most part of it, Kia’s well-rounded capabilities ensure that even longer driving journeys do not feel overbearing.

2023 Kia K5 Braking Performance

The 2023 Kia K5 has a relatively large set of brakes when compared to its contemporaries. At the front, the rotors measure 12 inches, while at the rear these are 11.1-inches. The sedan makes use of a 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes and is expected to be sharper in its performance than the rivals, thanks to its lower curb weight.

Model

2023 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Brake Rotors (front) (in)

12.0 in

11.5 in

12 in

12 in

Brake Rotors (rear) (in)

11.2 in

11.1 in

11.1 in

11.2 in

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,148 lbs

3,150 lbs

3,310 lbs

3,120 lbs

60-0 (-ft)

N/A

116 ft

N/A

N/A

When compared directly, sedans from Toyotaand Hyundai share almost a similar braking setup. However, the 2022 Camry is considerably heavier at 3,310 lbs and might take an additional halting distance than its rivals. On the other hand, the 2022 Accord sports smaller rotors that measure 11.5 and 11.1 inches at the front and rear, respectively. It comes to a halt at 116 ft. from the 60 MPH mark, which feels potent.

Fuel Economy

The 2023 Kia K5 is also sufficiently efficient. In the current iteration, the sedan manages to average mileage of 27 in the city and 37 on the highway. Under combined conditions, it averages 31 MPG and though it feels frugal, it is defeated by its competitors only by a notch. However, it does boast the largest fuel tank in the segment which can hold 15.8-gallons, and consequently, the vehicle is capable of covering 490 miles, which is higher than most rivals. With the AWD option, the fuel figures fall to 25 and 33 MPG in the city and on the highway, respectively.

Model

2023 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (city)

27

30

28

28

MPG (highway)

37

38

39

38

MPG (combined)

31

33

32

32

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.8-gallons

14.8-gallons

15.8-gallons

14.8-gallons

Range (city/highway/ combined)

(miles)

427/585/490 mi

444/562/488 mi

442/616/506 mi

414/562/473 mi

In comparison, Honda’s sedan continues its winning streak with the highest recorded mileage in the city and under combined conditions at 30 and 33 MPG, respectively. However, the Accord alongside the Hyundai Sonata has the smallest tank at 14.8-gallons. As a result, the Toyota Camry with its mileage of 39 MPG and a range of 616 miles on the highway assumes a favorable position in the segment.

Interior

The 2023 Kia K5 resonates with comfort and luxury. Irrespective of the trim you opt for, the midsize sedan delivers ample value and can easily compete against vehicles above its class. The setup is intuitive and even with an electronic parking brake, drive mode selector, and other knobs and buttons, the central console does not look cluttered. The centrally placed infotainment screen also feels logically placed as it provides easy access to all functionalities. In terms of materials as well, the Korean sedan feels fulfilling. Though there are some plastic bits across the cabin, they do not invalidate the plush aura that surrounds the vehicle.

As for interior space, the 2023 Kia K5 can seat five passengers easily. While the front seats deliver class-leading performance, the rear seat legroom can feel slightly underwhelming. Nonetheless, tall passengers can be easily seated inside the cabin, and thanks to the available panoramic sunroof, the airiness inside the cabin remains impressive. Even the cargo capacity is class-competing and the midsize proposition offers 16 cubic feet to the buyers.

Model

2023 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/ legroom)

40.2/58/46.1

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

40/57.9/46.1

Second Row (Head/shoulder/ legroom)

37.8/56.1/35.2

37.2/56.5/40.4

38/55.7/38

38.4/56.1/34.8

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

16 cu.-ft

16.7 cu.-ft

15.1 cu.-ft

16 cu.-ft

Like its corporate sibling, the Hyundai Sonata sacrifices rear legroom for added space on the front. The interior dimensions of both cars are rather similar and even the cargo capacity stands at 16 cubic feet. On the other hand, both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have cleverer space management and ensure that the head, shoulder, and legroom are ample in both rows. However, the 2022 Camry falls short of cargo capacity per segment standards, while the Accord leads the class at 16.7 cu.-ft.

Some of the standout interior features available with the 2023 Kia K5 include:

  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Power liftgate
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Manual/power adjustable front seats
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2023 Kia K5’s infotainment system?

The 2023 Kia K5’s infotainment system is easy to use and comes packed to the hilt with technologically advanced features. The sedan sports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and provides access to satellite radio and WiFi Hotspots on the higher trims. An 8-inch touchscreen assumes relevance in the base model, while the GT-Line and EX trims make use of a 10.25-inch screen that is compatible with Kia Connect. Both systems are rather intuitive with appropriate touch responses and precise graphics. The sound duties are handled by a 6-speaker sound system, which adds a touch of class to the riding experience.

Some of the standout infotainment features include:

  • 8/10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • USB Connection
  • Satellite Radio
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Exterior

The 2023 Kia K5 continues with a familiar look as it is still a part of the first generation of the sedan. It looks more of a performance-oriented option with striking headlamps and a revised take on the butterfly grille. The chiseled lines on the hood add a tint of muscularity to the design and the sloping roofline bestows an almost Sportback-like aura on the sedan. Even when viewed from the side, the large doors and defined character lines influence the overall design. Only at the rear do the cojoined taillights add subtlety to the vehicle’s looks.

In terms of dimensions as well, the Kia K5 carries a curb weight of 3,148 lbs. It is 193.1 inches long, 73.2 inches wide, and has a total height of 56.9 inches. While the ground clearance has not yet been revealed, the wheelbase of the Korean sedan is longer than most rivals at 112.2 inches. 

Model

2023 Kia K5

2022 Honda Accord

2022 Toyota Camry

2022 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,148 lbs

3,150 lbs

3,310 lbs

3,120 lbs

Length (in.)

193.1 in

192.1 in

192.1 in

192.9 in

Width (in.)

73.2 in

73.3 in

72.4 in

73.2 in

Height (in.)

56.9 in

57.1 in

56.9 in

56.9 in

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

5.7 in

5.3 in

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2 in

111.4 in

111.2 in

111.8 in

In comparison, no sedan manages to match the sharpness in its design that the Kia K5 achieves. The competitors look rather executive in their design and aim to serve the intentions of family buyers who look for sophistication in all regards. As for the dimensions, the 2022 Hyundai Sonata is the closest competitor and shares almost all the dimensions with its corporate sibling. However, it has a ground clearance of 5.3 inches and sports a wheelbase that is 0.4 inches shorter. On the other hand, the sedans from Honda and Toyota are smaller but the difference is only diminutive. Both Japanese contenders, although, are heavier in their build.

Key exterior features of the 2023 Kia K5 include:

  • Rear Spoiler
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Mud Guards
  • LED headlights
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Quad-tip dual exhausts
Safety

Being an all-new model, the 2023 Kia K5 has not been subjected to crash tests by any organization. However, considering that the midsize sedan continues to be based on the outgoing platform, the ratings of the previous iteration can be used as a reference point. In 2022, the midsize proposition scored cent-percent ratings and was recognized for its capabilities by IIHS. As for features, the Korean vehicle comes equipped with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, the normal dose of traction and stability control, and a comprehensive airbag system. Some other standout safety features available with the 2023 K5 also include:

  • Forward Collision Avoidance System
  • Blind-spot Monitor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic high beams
  • Lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Rear Parking Aid
Competition

2023 Kia K5 vs 2022 Honda Accord

The 2023 Kia K5 and the 2022 Honda Accord are closely matched options in an augmenting market. Both sedans sport a turbocharged engine under their hoods and are equally efficient. They have almost similar cargo space and carry novel designs. While the Japanese option has better interior space to boast, the Kia sedan has better driving refinement and is more tranquil. So, amongst the two vehicles, there is no option that we are indifferent toward and the decision is subjective and will depend on the buyers’ requirements.

2023 Kia K5 vs 2022 Toyota Camry

The other Japanese contender in the midsize sedan segment, the Toyota Camry, is also equally enticing. It promises an all-around performance and the vehicle delivers the highest amount of horsepower and torque figures. It is the most fuel-efficient option and is also capaciously built to provide ample space for all passengers. While it lacks the cargo space of most of its competitors, the Camry’s comprehensive performance makes it a better option between the two.

2023 Kia K5 vs 2022 Hyundai Sonata

The 2023 Kia K5 and the 2022 Hyundai Sonata being corporate siblings are closely matched options. Both sedans offer impressive driving capabilities and are equally capable in acceleration, the K5 takes a slight lead in terms of the overall range it delivers, thanks to a larger fuel tank. In all other aspects, there is no comparison that can be made. So, when the two Korean options are concerned, the decision boils down to the requirements of the driver and which exterior design they prefer.

Final Verdict

The 2023 Kia K5, by virtue of its affordability and versatility, is an enticing choice in the midsize sedan segment. It is potent in its acceleration, upholds frugality for everyday driving, and provides a sophisticated ride quality. The interior might not have the most comprehensive space distribution, however, it is perfect for small families and the cargo capacity also feels decent and usable. So, for us, the new Kia K5 makes sense and its accessible pricing makes it an even more tantalizing offering. However, if your requirement for a vehicle is urgent and since the release date is yet to be confirmed, even a used 2022 Kia K5 for sale will be a handy option.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$26315

body style

dr 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

3115 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

29/32/38 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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