Competes with: Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry
Looks like: The Optima took the Sonata’s new shape and added a few of its own flourishes
Powertrain: 178-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 195 pounds-feet of torque; 286-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 311 pounds-feet of torque (GT models); six- or eight-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: First half of 2020
The wraps have been taken off of the redesigned 2021 Kia K5 and the mid-size sedan has gotten a very thorough reworking, with new engines, a long list of interior and technology updates, and even a new fastback profile. The K5 name might may not be familiar to Cars.com readers, because Kia uses different naming conventions for a few of its vehicles worldwide. In Korea, its sedans go by K3/K5/K7/K9 in order of size and, in the U.S., those sedans are the Forte/Optima/Cadenza/K900. This being the Korean version of the car, some of the details in this preview may change for the version that shows up in the U.S., including the horsepower and torque figures.