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The Kia K5 is the sports car from Kia Motors we’ve been waiting for. In all actuality, the Kia K5 has been around for years. Remember the Kia Optima? Same car, different name, and a whole different look. We’re not sure why Kia Motors America (KMA) changed the name to what the vehicle is known as in its South Korean market, but with all the crazy wicked stunts the Kia K5 has been doing since the name change. The next generation of the Optima, the K5 has been redesigned to look like the sports car it was always meant to be, almost on par with the Kia Stinger, a luxury sports car affordable by all. Heck, the Kia K5 is just as affordable, with a starting MSRP of $23,490 (plus destination fee). The Kia K5 also just landed a place in the winner’s circle during the CarBuzz 2020 People’s Car Awards.
Who Is CarBuzz?
Although a well-known name in the industry, anyone just entering the auto market may not have heard of CarBuzz. Like the many publications and organizations out there reviewing vehicles all year long, CarBuzz informs consumers by providing them with industry news and reviews, all for free of course, to help consumers make an informed car buying decision. It can be a little overwhelming, and having all this information ready on a mobile device takes away some of the stress. Now the brand’s most powerful mid-size sedan ever with turbocharged engines, available all-wheel drive, and a technology-packed premium interior, it’s no wonder so many are heralding the new Kia K5.
The all-new 2020 Kia Telluride SUV has been winning awards and making headlines in automotive journalism since its release. Earlier this month, the Kia got some street cred in Texas during the TAWA Auto Roundup with the Kia Telluride. Just last week, the Kia Telluride won awards during the 2019 Northwest Automotive Press Association annual Mudfest. It would seem May is the month for the Telluride because the new SUV has received its third best-in-show award from the Texas Motor Press Association, during the first-ever Texas Off-Road Invitational. It won’t take long for people to forget what makes the 2020 Kia Telluride such a winner.
“Jurors were impressed by the Telluride’s off-road prowess, which rivaled that of traditionally rough-and-ready SUVs in muddy, steep, rocky, and sandy terrain…It also took on the challenge of driving through hub-high water with ease. For Texans, it is important to be able to easily transition from urban to suburban to ranch lifestyles, including off-roading scenarios. It’s also important that a vehicle is priced right for its abilities and build quality. The Telluride proved to Texas Motor Press Association jurors that it is the best combination of those qualities of all the vehicles tested during two days of competition.” – Eileen Falkenberg-Hull, vice president, Texas Motor Press Association.
The Kia Cadenza is known for being a stylish and spacious sedan as well as one leaning very close to a luxury premium sedan. Some would even call it the second luxury vehicle in the Kia Motors sedan lineup, next to the K900. A great family car isn’t the first thing to come to mind, but as luck would have it, that’s exactly what some institutions think. Recently, the 2018 Kia Cadenza was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for winning the “Best Large Car for Families” award. That makes this year the second consecutive year for the Kia Cadenza to take home the honor.
Again, one wouldn’t immediately guess the Kia Cadenza is a family car. Right off the bat, leather upholstery is a lineup standard, in addition to heated front seats, a Smart Key with push-button start, smart shift and drive with three driving modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-defrost system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. What kind of driver wants to risk that smooth leather seating with food stains, puke, and drool? The exterior is also pretty upscale with heated exterior mirrors, solar control glass to keep the cabin from heating up, a sound-absorbing windshield and front door windows, LED rear combination lamps, automatic headlamps, a smart trunk, and integrated dual exhaust in chrome for a little style.
Alas, the large premium sedan is said to be a “family car,” and not just by Kia Motors.
“Plenty of large cars can handle family duty, but none do it as well as the Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza’s cabin has the space for car seats, but the kind of finishes that impress adults … It also offers available features, like a surround view camera, rear sunshades, a hands-free trunk and heated rear seats that you typically find on SUVs or luxury cars.” – Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report.