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2021 Kia K5 GT-Line: More than just a pretty new face

It's also got a new name and a whole new attitude, matching light and nimble performance with a (mostly) well thought-out suite of driver aid and cabin tech.

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Antuan Goodwin

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Kia's affordable midsize sedan has a new name. Meet the new 2021 Kia K5.

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The sedan is a touch longer and lower than its predecessor, with a sharp new exterior design.

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LED signature lights highlight the new front and rear designs.

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Under the hood, the automaker's 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is now standard equipment, replacing the old naturally aspirated 2.4-liter.

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2021 also marks the first year that the K5/Optima is offered with optional all-wheel drive.

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The K5's standard safety tech suite is impressive, but we think the automatic headlamps are a touch too sensitive.

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Optional at upper trim levels is smart adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic.

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Overall, the K5 is one of the best blends of nimble performance, smart features and excellent value at this price.

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I think the aggressive styling is more appealing than the sedan's more avant-garde cousin, the new Hyundai Sonata.

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Check out our full review of the 2021 Kia K5 for more details.

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