Kia K5 Returns for 2023 Without LX, Few Other Changes

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Despite swirling rumors about its impending demise in the U.S., Kia’s K5 sedan is returning for the 2023 model year. Not returning is its base LX trim, but aside from that and the lack of all-wheel drive for the LXS, most of the other changes to the K5 are minimal.

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There’s a new option package for the GT-Line that includes a panoramic moonroof and gloss-black exterior trim, and the AWD GT-Line now comes standard with a heated steering wheel. The EX, GT-Line and GT also get acoustic glass for the front-door windows.

It’s possible that the trim consolidation and lack of updates for 2023 also indicate the K5’s lack of a future here, but Kia hasn’t yet made anything official. As such, despite the loss of the LX, K5 buyers can still choose from one of two powertrains: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission or the GT’s higher-performance turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The GT-Line is available with AWD; all other trims now are front-wheel drive only.

The 2023 Kia K5 is on sale now, and pricing (including a $1,095 destination fee) is as follows:

  • LXS: $26,185
  • GT-Line: $27,585
  • GT-Line (AWD): $29,285
  • EX: $30,085
  • GT: $32,585

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