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2021 Kia K5 picks up where the Optima left off

Kia's stylish four-door is a compelling midsize offering.

Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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This is Kia's new K5 sedan.

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The K5 is the replacement for the long-serving Kia Optima.

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LED headlights are standard.

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The K5 gets an interesting running light signature that doubles as the turn signal.

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The inside is really nicely appointed.

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All models but the base LX come with 18-inch wheels.

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The K5 looks like it could be a hatchback, but it's a traditional sedan.

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This is the EX model, priced just below $30,000 to start.

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The LED tail light design is awesome.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2021 Kia K5.

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