2021 Kia K5 Rolls Out New Name for the Optima
Kia is redesigning the Optima family sedan, but putting it out on a new platform. The modern look and changes to the body have fans going wild. Find out what’s new for the 2021 model from us at Raymond Kia!
The name has been redesigned to 2021 Kia K5, but it still contains all the good things the Optima was known for. This mid-size sedan actually has always been known as the K5 to the Korean market, and the automaker has decided to carry the name to the U.S. market as well.
Compared to the old “Optima”, the K5 is 2 inches longer, 1 inch wider, and 0.8 of an inch lower to the road. The 112.2 inch wheelbase also us up 1.8 inches, expanding rear-seat space. The K5 shows strong character lines, balanced proportions, and great detailing.
Arriving later this year, a 290-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will take over the once Kia Optima. In testing, this was good for a zero-to-60pmh run in 7.3 seconds.
The K5 is projected to have a 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined. The vehicle will also break from the front-drive only by offering all-wheel drive. That option only goes for the volume LXS, and GT-Line trims.
The automaker says that while the K5 was tuned separately from the Sonata, they both share a similar characteristic on the road. The steering is so precise that you feel initial softness to its brake pedal that firms up when you stand on it, and it goes around corners with stability.
The K5 has significantly upped up the Optima’s interior game giving excellent fit and finish throughout the entire vehicle. There is an option to get jazzy red leatherette upholstery with GT-Line logos on the headrests.
Every model comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, and an 8.0-inch center touchscreen. A 10.3-inch touchscreen is optional. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are standard.