2021 Kia K5 Trim Levels

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Of all the new models revealed for the 2021 model year, none stick out like the 2021 Kia K5. It has been an odd year for new model reveals, but nothing has felt as much like a clear improvement as the Kia K5. The 2021 Kia K5 rises from the ashes of the Kia Optima as the automaker’s new mid-size sedan.

You could be forgiven for thinking the K5 was replacing the Stinger, as both sedans are sporty mid-size sedans. There is still a 2021 Stinger, but the K5 sets itself apart with an incredibly sharp, aggressive front end. The Stinger remains the more powerful of the two, but the K5 acts as an entry-level performance Kia sedan. There happen to be 5 trim levels of the K5. The chart below shows each trim and 2 notable highlights of each one so you can find your favorite.

Trim Level

Highlight 1

Highlight 2

LX 1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
LXS Smart Key with Push-Button Start Blind-Spot Warning Collision-Avoidance Assist
GT-Line Available Panoramic Sunroof 2nd-Row USB Charge Ports
EX 7 Color Options Navigation, 10.25-inch Display, and Bose® Sound System
GT 2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine 19-Inch Machined Alloy Wheels

Trim Level Analysis

Consider the LX trim and the kind of features you can get for a starting MSRP of just $23,490. Many automakers won’t offer climate control or a turbocharged engine at the base trim level. The LXS adds more modern technology than comes stock with the LX, but which will mean more to some shoppers than others. The GT-Line focuses on making the K5 look sportier and feel sportier inside, cementing it as a bridge between the lower trims and the EX and GT trims. The EX was once the peak trim due to its luxury features, but the late-arriving GT brings a much more powerful engine and the best interior features together to make the ultimate version of the 2021 Kia K5.

Other Features Available for the 2021 Kia K5 GT Trim

  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Quad-Tim Dual Exhaust
  • Heated Sport Front Seats
  • Sport-Tuned Suspension
  • Larger Brakes with GT Calipers
  • 8-Speed Quick Shift DCT Auto Transmission
  • Wireless Smartphone Connectivity
  • GT SynTex Seating Material with Sport Front Seats
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • And More!