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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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Kia Reveals 2022 Kia Stinger

Kia Motors has been having some interesting releases as of late. The reveal of the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle with no precursor, the EV6, had an early preview last week, and multiple looks at the luxury sport sedan Kia K8 are starting to surface. It’s been a busy month for Kia Motors, and another reveal has already jumped into the spotlight. Teased earlier in March, the 2022 Kia Stinger has finally been revealed after its mid-cycle refresh.

New Power Output

We knew the base engine was getting a small upgrade. The 2022 Kia Stinger is available in GT-Line, GT1, and GT2 trims, plus a special edition Scorpion model set for release – release date TBD. The GT-Line is a part of the Kia Motors GT-Line, one of the many plans the automaker has launched alongside its electric vehicles (EVs) and purpose-built vehicles (PBVs). The GT-Line base trim gets a new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood, able to generate 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. With rear-wheel drive (RWD) standard or all-wheel drive (AWD) with torque vectoring available, the fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with RWD, a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg with AWD.

The rest of the lineup comes with a GT 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, able to generate 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, available with the same drivetrain options, all trims also come with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A new electronic variable exhaust system enhances the sound of the Stinger as it revs up and takes off. The GT1 and GT2 trims have a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway with RWD, and a combined 20 mpg fuel economy with AWD.

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Kia Motors Teases 2022 Kia Stinger

We’ve heard a lot about the new Kia Stinger coming to the lineup. Updated with a mid-cycle refresh, the Kia Stinger is getting a boost only after a few years in the market. When it first came out, there was an initial rush to get the Stinger, we couldn’t keep them on the lot. When COVID-19 hit, all automobile sales went down, and some of the newer models suddenly seemed outside of budget for many consumers. Although the pandemic is still worldwide, we have a better handle on it, and the automotive industry is starting to bloom once more. Already nearing the end of the third quarter for 2021, Kia Motors decides to tease the new Kia Stinger a week ahead of schedule.

Oh, why do automakers do this? A tease is good to get people talking and to spread some hype, but too many times is a tease about a year or so too early. We’re hoping that isn’t the case with the newly refined Kia Stinger. Skipping a model year and going straight to 2022, the Kia Stinger was named the best sport sedan in the world, able to outrace luxury sports cars while still costing a fraction of the price. The mid-cycle refresh only chooses to push the envelope further with more power, more technology, and a refined design. Full press materials and specs will be shared next week on March 16, 2020.

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Kia K5 Has Another Stunt Showing Off Performance

Kia Motors may be talking up the next-generation new 2021 Kia Sorento recently, but don’t be fooled. The spotlight is still on the Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, entering a new generation in 2021. With a starting MSRP of $24,455 (plus destination fee) for the base LX model, the 2021 Kia K5 is being set up as the new sports car by the Korean automaker. It’s a little, what’s the word – it stings a bit. The Kia Stinger received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year, the first sports car to come from Kia Motors during the design shift, and the Kia Stinger won many awards. It will still hold a special place in our hearts, but all eyes are on the Kia K5, and every couple of weeks, Kia has the K5 performing another daring stunt.

The latest stunt to come from the Kia sports car is part of a multi-layered creative marketing campaign put together to put the Kia K5 front and center whenever possible. Over the summer, the Kia K5 performed the Triple Threat Event on live television, directed by Darrin Prescott, action unit director on some of Hollywood’s most action-packed films including Baby Driver, Ford Vs. Ferrari, Drive, John Wick, Black Panther, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Hosted by professional driver Collete Davis and actor Jeremy Ray Valdez, stunt drivers Sean Graham and father-daughter stunt driving duo Jalil Jay and Brionna Lynch showed off the Kia K5 with a simultaneous jump off of two ramps and a sick u-turn.

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New Ad Campaign Puts the Spotlight on the Kia K5

We’re all excited about the new Kia K5, the renamed and new generation of the beloved Kia Optima. Getting a much more sports car-inspired look and new features, the Kia K5 is looking like the older sibling of the Kia Stinger after it received a mid-cycle refresh. Recently, Kia Motors showed off this bad boy with death-defying stunts, a live TV event known as the Triple Threat. Now, to push the envelope a little more, Kia Motors America (KMA) launches a creative broadcast campaign in partnership with network shows including NBCUniversal’s America’s Got Talent and the 72nd Emmy® Awards telecast to show off a new ad for the vehicle, “Turning the Lights On”.

“The Kia K5 is like nothing else in the category and we looked for high-profile partners to create a series of events and creative elements that showcase our most powerful midsize sedan ever…The partnerships with America’s Got Talent and the Emmys are a completely new direction for Kia and help bring live elements to a launch that has been decidedly different from the start.” – Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America

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Kia Shows Off the Kia K5 with Triple Threat Event

The new 2021 Kia Optima is officially being called the Kia K5, and Kia Motors has been releasing all kinds of juicy details about the sporty K5 sedan lately. Debuting a new generation model for the K5, Kia Motors is set to host a launch party for the new model. The full launch of the new K5 will begin September 1, 2020 but the party has already begun with a new pre-launch campaign with activities to garner some well-deserved attention. If you missed the livestream of the event, there was some pretty crazy driving going on to show off the performance of the new K5, with stunt drivers pushing the sedan to its limits.

“The all-new K5 is a completely new direction for Kia and the midsize sedan category overall, so we needed a marketing campaign that was as dynamic and action packed as the vehicle itself…By combining live events with more traditional elements, the K5 and Kia will be presented in ways never seen before and sure to change perceptions of the midsize sedan category.” – Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America

Called the “Triple Threat” event, the campaign was directed by Darrin Prescott, action unit director on some of Hollywood’s most action-packed films including Baby Driver, Ford Vs. Ferrari, Drive, John Wick, Black Panther, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Hosted by professional driver Collete Davis and actor Jeremy Ray Valdez, they were accompanied by stunt drivers Sean Graham and father-daughter stunt driving duo Jalil Jay and Brionna Lynch to show off all the new K5 can do. With a robust social media presence and national broadcast components scheduled for August 2020, kicking off the launch of the K5 was quite the success. The campaign has already started to integrate print, digital, social and broadcast components to build up the hype, but they won’t need it after that stunt.

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Pricing Released for 2021 Kia K5 (Formally known as the Optima)

Every week, a little more information about the 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima, is released as we get closer to getting our hands on this new sporty sedan. Last week we learned that the new Kia K5 will be coming with an all-wheel drive option to give consumers even more traction on the road, no matter the conditions. Finally, after all the waiting, a price has been revealed, and it’s at par with Kia Motors budget-friendly small cars.

As far as we know, the final lineup for the 2021 Kia K5 is made up of five trims: LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT. A new theme starting to appear in the auto industry, automakers are trying to combine high-performance with vehicles in their lineup not meant for such. One well-known muscle car automaker just put an engine capable of generating over 700 horsepower into an SUV, and crossovers meant to handle the racetrack are starting to show up. However, not all consumers want to be behind the wheel of all that power, they just want the look – and who could blame them? These performance-oriented vehicles are made to look hot!!!

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Kia Releases More Details on New 2021 Kia K5

Yesterday, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Kia Motors made use of a virtual event to present the upcoming 2021 Kia K5, previously known as the Kia Optima in the North American market. During this event, we got a look at some new specs to look forward to, as well as new features we’ll make sure to highlight as we go through the list. Here it is, the all-new 2021 Kia K5!


Everyone likes having choices, and Kia Motors doesn’t skimp on that when it comes to the new 2021 Kia K5. Available in five trims – LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX and GT – the GT has the highest performance of the lineup whereas we believe the GT-Line will come with high performance looks without the specs or engine. That’s never a bad idea, some people want a car that looks like a sports car but has no need for speed or the insurance bill that comes with it.

Then comes the engines. There are only two powertrain options, and you can probably guess which trims get which engine. The standard setup is a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine, optimized with Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, gasoline direct engine, and a turbocharger, able to generate 177 horsepower thanks to Kia Motors new “Smartstream” technology. Paired with an eight-speed automatic shifter, it’s a great start, but we bet the GT trim can top it. Consumers will find a high-performance 286hp 2.5-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline engine under the hood of the 2021 Kia K5 GT, able to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in around 6.6 seconds. The transmission has also been changed into an “aircraft-type” knob that takes up less space in the cabin, a new design that may pop up in more interior Kia Motors cabins.

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2021 Kia Stinger GT Refresh Spotted in Spy Shots

It wasn’t that long ago we were talking about the Kia Stinger sports car getting a mid-cycle refresh. Although still fairly new, a performance car wasn’t what many would expect from Kia Motors, an automaker with a focus on safety and alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. The Kia Stinger proved to be an award-winning vehicle, with the first few rounds of deliveries disappearing from dealership lots in days. This sports car was even faster and more affordable than many high-end luxury sports cars. We’re not sure what happened, but a refresh is in the mix, and tweaks for the new 2021 Kia Stinger GT are already popping up in spy shots.

Automakers are always tight-lipped when it comes to new and upcoming products. Not only does one want to avoid unnecessary competition with a new project but confirming many features and then not delivering is a sore-spot for consumers in the auto market. The 2020 Kia Telluride is a perfect example of that. When first greenlit as a concept, the Kia Telluride had oodles of cool technology. And yet, not much of that cool technology made it into the final Kia Telluride SUV, although the Telluride is clearly an award-winner of its own, having won the “Triple Crown of Automotive Awards” in 2019.

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Kia Motors to Release Mid-Cycle Refresh for 2021 Kia Stinger

When the Kia Stinger sports car first came out, it truly seemed like the sports car of the decade. At the time, it was unheard of for Kia Motors to design a sports car, let alone a sports car with as much performance as the Kia Stinger. Reportedly able to surpass high-end and pricey sports car, the Kia Stinger GT is faster than the likes of Porsche Panamera, and more affordable! Having won many awards, the Kia Stinger was doing really well for itself. During the first round of deliveries, dealerships couldn’t keep units on the lot. Then suddenly, sales paused, and it wasn’t due to the current pandemic. Although only a few years old, the Kia Stinger may be set for a mid-cycle refresh in 2021.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps all those interested in a sports car from Kia Motors already purchased their Stinger – or, not enough sports car consumers thought the Kia Stinger delivered. The new motto by the automaker is to build “cars that drive as well as they look”. The Kia Stinger wowed consumers and media when it first arrived, catching the eye of anyone interested in high-performance. That feature, although able to outperform more expensive models, may still need a bit of a push, and that’s where the mid-cycle refresh comes in.

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