2021 Kia K5 vs 2021 Hyundai Sonata
2021 Kia K5 2021 Hyundai Sonata
All-Wheel Drive
  Optional Not available
Air Conditioning
  Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control Manual air conditioning
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  Wireless Standard Standard
Remote Keyless Entry
   Standard Available on other styles

2021 Kia K5 vs 2021 Hyundai Sonata

Serving Columbus, OH

If you are preparing to buy a new sedan soon, your attention understandably is focused on leading models from top automakers like Kia and Hyundai. The K5 and the Sonata are both midsize sedans with comparable pricing, but you should not assume that they are similar vehicles. The K5 is an all-new model for 2021, and it is designed to be a high-performance replacement for the outgoing Optima. The 2021 Sonata is almost identical to last year's Sonata. Are you ready to get familiar with these two sedans on a deeper level?


Both of these sedans have a dramatic, swooping profile with several definition lines running down the hood. The K5's profile is more extended and has a lower, sportier roof. These two sedans also both have edgy, individualized headlights. The K5's headlights combine three white bulbs sitting horizontally with a zagging, yellow light ribbon. The lower foglamps each have two stacked bulbs. The Sonata's headlights also have a series of white bulbs, and their accent light ribbon runs inward before flaring back across the front fenders. Both sedans also have a long, horizontal light ribbon at the rear. The K5's ribbon is beautifully fragmented for an added touch of personality.


The interior designs are equally different, but the sedans do carry some of the same features at various trim levels. While the Sonata has a relatively flat, traditional dashboard, the K5's dashboard shows off stunning angles that turn the center stack slightly toward the driver. Also, the K5's console sharply angles up to meet the stack. Both sedans have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports, a sunroof, leather material, a climate management system, wireless charging, a navigation system, and other equipment at various trim levels.


For 2021, the Sonata adds a high-performance N-Line trim level to the top of its options. Most trim levels are outfitted with a 180-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine or a 198-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine. The 2021 Kia K5 has two engines. The entry-level powertrain is a turbo I-4, 1.6-liter engine with a 180-horsepower rating. The turbo 2.5-liter, 290-horsepower engine in K5's top trim, is linked to a high-performance transmission.

To feel confident about your next sedan selection, you need to get more familiar with the K5 through a test drive. Our Capital Kia team will assist with your behind-the-wheel experience, so schedule your K5 test drive by calling our office today.