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Kia K5 Upgrade Highlights

The Kia K5 sports car is returning for 2023, and this model year comes with some changes. For one thing, the lineup has been reduced to four trims, discontinuing the LX trim for now. There are a lot of new options for the GT-Line and some new standard feature past the LXS trim, the new baseline of the lineup. Starting at $25,090 (plus destination fee), check out some of the new highlights.

Power and Engineering

A 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, optimized with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve duration (CVVD) for performance is still the standard powertrain setup, with the only change in fuel economy being whether or not consumers choose the GT-Line with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard fuel economy is 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, with the number changing to 25/28 mpg city/highway on the GT-Line AWD. The GT high-end trim is the only one to be powered by the turbocharged 2.5-liter DOHC I4 engine with GDI and CVVD, able to generate 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. It has a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

New Styling Changes

Added to the exterior this year, consumers can find upgrades for the GT-Line trim. Now available with a Panoramic Roof Package for 2023, the large glass panel makes it easy to enjoy a little sun shine, and with LED interior lighting along with gloss black exterior trim along the B-pillars, windshield, and shark-fin antenna, the exterior and interior have a nice glow for a sports car. The GT-Line AWD comes with a heated steering wheel.

Heated exterior mirrors, solar control glass, a sound-absorbing front windshield, multi-reflector LED headlights, Smart Trunk, and automatic headlights are all still lineup standards, with acoustic glass on the front door windows standard past the LXS base trim. We expect the upholstery options to stay the same, with cloth upholstery on the LXS, cloth and Syntex on the GT-Line, and all-Syntex on the EX and GT trims. All trims probaly come with a 60/40split-folding rear seat this year, plus dual-zone automatic temperature control.

Tech and Safety

Kia Connect is replacing the old UVO infotainment system in recent models, with an 8-inch touchscreen as the lineup standard with Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth wireless technology and hands-free phone and audio streaming. For a better visual, these trims can also upgrade to a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and voice recognition. Last model year, the EX and GT trims came with a wireless phone charger.

With the LX trim gone, more advanced safety systems have been made standard on the 2023 Kia K5, such as Driver Attention Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist – Vehicle/Pedestrian w/ Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, and Driver Attention Warning including Leading Vehicle Departure Alert. A parking distance warning when in reverse is standard on the EX, optional on the GT; a forward parking distance warning is optional on both. Parking collision assist for the rear is also optional on both.

Look out for the full specs soon. When ready to buy a new Kia model at Miami Lakes Automall, be sure to stop by.

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