2025 Kia K5 Review, Pricing, and Specs (2024)

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  • Highs One handsome devil, the 290-hp GT is unnecessarily fun (and we love it), generous offering of standard features.
  • Lows Driving position is a bit awkward, big-power K5 GT desperately needs a summer tire option, largest tire option degrades ride quality.
  • Verdict A great looking, highly capable family sedan that looks more expensive than it is and gives you a lot for your money.
By Austin Irwin

Overview

Kia delivers one of the best three-row SUVs with the Telluride, an incredibly-well packaged Carnival minivan, and for those without such a needy space requirement, a compelling mid-size family sedan in the K5. Fighting strong competition from the 10Best-winning Honda Accord, the K5 offers a lot for its price. Most K5s are powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four; front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive can be added at some trim levels. At the top of the lineup sits the 290-hp K5 GT, which is good, rowdy fun. The K5 and its Hyundai-badged mechanical twin, the Sonata, have a lot in common but the two offer a slightly different driving experience. Standard features such as LED headlights, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as rear cross-traffic alert, give the K5 equipment that buyers will find useful every time they get behind the wheel.

Where This Vehicle Ranks

#2 in Best Mid-Size Family Sedans
1Honda AccordSTARTING AT: $28,9902Kia K5STARTING AT: $27,0003Hyundai SonataSTARTING AT: $28,6504Toyota CamrySTARTING AT: $27,5155Nissan AltimaSTARTING AT: $27,1406Subaru LegacySTARTING AT: $26,015

What's New for 2025?

The Kia K5 sedan gets styling updates for 2025. The K5's new headlights and taillights, as well as a major update to its interior, were first debuted on the Korean-market K5. When Kia revealed the U.S.-spec K5 at the Chicago Auto Show, we learned that last year's turbocharged 1.6-liter four has been replaced with a nonturbo 2.5-liter unit that makes slightly more power at 191 ponies.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2025 Kia K5 is expected to start around $27,000 and go up to $33,000 depending on the trim and options.

    For those who don't care about the extra firepower that comes with the GT's 290-hp engine, the GT-Line has a satisfying mix of racy styling elements at a very attractive price. That's the one we'd recommend, and for those who want the all-weather traction of all-wheel drive, it's available for extra. Otherwise, every GT-Line comes standard with a sportier body kit, 18-inch wheels, a 10-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wireless smartphone charging. We'd also spring for the Premium package, which brings adaptive cruise control, advanced forward-collision warning, and full LED headlights.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Most K5 models are powered by a 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Using that engine, the K5 comes standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The full-Monty GT model has a more powerful turbo 2.5-liter four that generates 290 horses and 311 pound-feet of torque. Along with its exclusive eight-speed dual-clutch automatic (also available on the Hyundai Sonata N Line), the sportiest K5 is fitted with bigger brakes, a unique suspension tune, and wider tires on larger 19-inch rims.

    0–60-MPH Times

    The GT we drove sprinted to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and stopped from 70 mph in 163 feet. The Sonata N Line, which shares the same engine and transmission, was slightly quicker to 60 mph (5.0 seconds) and stopped even shorter (152 feet). However, the hi-po Hyundai we tested wore optional summer tires (the Kia only comes with all-seasons), which contributed to its performance advantage.

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      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The EPA hasn't released estimates for the K5 with the base four-cylinder engine yet, but the K5 GT is rated for 24 mpg city and 32 highway. When we get a chance, we'll take the 2025 K5 on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route and update this story with real-world test results. When we took the GT on this test, it overperformed, beating its rating by 4 with a result of 36 mpg. For more information about the K5's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Inside, the K5 looks great for how much it costs, and this year's refresh improves the ambiance even more. The layout is both sophisticated and straightforward, and the cabin is appointed with attractive materials such as wood trim on the dash and doors. The K5 also offers an array of upscale interior features, such as ambient interior lighting on the dash and doors, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless charging pad. While the driver's seat feels high even set at its lowest point, the comfortable dead pedal for your left foot and floor-hinged accelerator are nice touches. The back seat also provides generous legroom, and the trunk has plenty of luggage space. We managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases back there.

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        Infotainment and Connectivity

        The K5 comes standard with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system that shares a bezel with the gauge cluster; in some models that gauge cluster is a 12.0-inch digital unit that can be reconfigured to show a variety of info. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard across the lineup. The K5 is also available with a 12-speaker Bose audio system for those who want the best auditory experience.

          Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

          Kia's family sedan also offers a variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. For more information about the K5's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

          • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
          • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
          • Standard adaptive cruise control

          Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

          Kia provides one of the best warranties, bar none. While it doesn't include complimentary scheduled maintenance, its limited and powertrain coverages are the longest of any automaker besides its corporate sibling, Hyundai.

          • Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
          • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
          • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

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          Specifications

          SPECIFICATIONS

          2021 Kia K5 GT

          VEHICLE TYPE
          front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

          PRICE AS TESTED
          $35,835 (base price: $31,585)

          ENGINE TYPE
          turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
          Displacement
          152 in3, 2497 cm3
          Power
          290 hp @ 5800 rpm
          Torque
          311 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm

          TRANSMISSION
          8-speed dual-clutch automatic

          CHASSIS
          Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
          Brakes (F/R): 13.6-in vented disc/12.8-in disc
          Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season, 245/40R-19 94W M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 112.2 in
          Length: 193.1 in
          Width: 73.2 in
          Height: 56.9 in
          Passenger volume: 102 ft3
          Trunk volume: 16 ft3
          Curb weight: 3581 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 5.2 sec
          100 mph: 12.3 sec
          130 mph: 22.2 sec
          Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.5 sec
          Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
          Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
          1/4 mile: 13.7 sec @ 106 mph
          Top speed (C/D est): 155 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
          Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

          C/DFUEL ECONOMY
          Observed: 24 mpg

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/city/highway: 27/24/32 mpg

          2021 Kia K5 1.6T

          VEHICLE TYPE
          front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

          PRICE AS TESTED
          EX $32,355, GT-Line $27,955(base price: $24,455)

          ENGINE TYPE
          turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
          Displacement
          98 in3, 1598 cm3
          Power
          180 hp @ 5500 rpm
          Torque
          195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

          TRANSMISSION
          8-speed automatic

          CHASSIS
          Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
          Brakes (F/R): 12.0-in vented disc/11.2-in disc
          Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season, 235/45R-18 94V M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 112.2 in
          Length: 193.1 in
          Width: 73.2 in
          Height: 56.9 in
          Passenger volume: 102 ft3
          Trunk volume: 16 ft3
          Curb weight: 3233 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 7.0 sec
          100 mph: 18.8 sec
          Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.4 sec
          1/4 mile: 15.5 sec @ 92 mph
          Top speed (mfr's claim): 128 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 172 ft
          Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g
          Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

          C/D FUEL ECONOMY
          Observed: 25 mpg

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/city/highway: 31/27/37 mpg

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