The 2021 Kia K5 marks a new era for the South Korean brand—and a new name is just the beginning for the automaker’s mid-size sedan formerly called Optima.

The 2021 K5 picks up where the Optima left off. The K5 is longer, lower, and wider than the sedan it replaces and will be available with all-wheel drive. A choice between two turbo-4 engines is all we’ll get for now, although hybrid versions could be in the mix soon. 

When it goes on sale this fall, the Kia K5 will compete with mid-size stalwarts such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and even the Hyundai Sonata, which is mechanically related to the Kia. Kia hasn’t yet said how much it will cost, but it’s likely to cost more than the outgoing Optima’s $24,115 starting price. The K5 will be available in LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT versions.

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