2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Kia Forte
2021 Kia K5 2020 Kia Forte


1.6L Turbo I-4 2.0L I-4


180 147

  MPG (City/Highway)

29/38 * 27/37 *

2021 Kia K5 vs 2020 Kia Forte

Serving Gainesville, FL

In 2021, Kia is releasing the K5, which is a new take on a classic. The K5 is essentially a rebranded Optima. The K5 is also a midsize sedan, and it ranks #1 in its class. The K5 offers many of the same benefits as the Optima, including attractive exterior styling, tremendous value, and a modern interior. This year, the K5 rolls out to the market with a new name, too. The Kia Forte is a slightly smaller sedan, but it still seats five occupants. The Kia Forte was redesigned for 2020. The 2020 Forte comes packed with features, user-friendly technology, and a generous warranty. More features are now standard, including more safety technology and some trim-specific additions.


There are two engines available for the K5 in 2021. The base engine is a 1.6L that has four cylinders. This engine gives the Kia a power output of 180 horsepower. The engine is connected to an eight-speed transmission. The second engine is available on the GT trim level. This engine is a larger 2.5L with four cylinders. Its maximum power output is 290 horsepower. This engine also has an eight-speed transmission, but it adds paddle shifters as well. The Kia Forte has a base 2.0L four-cylinder engine. This engine creates 137 horsepower. A second1.6L engine produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft in torque. You can choose between a six-speed manual and a seven-speed automatic transmission.


The Kia K5 and the Kia Forte both have sleek and attractive exteriors. The K5 starts off with LED headlights. There are some additional trim-specific appearance changes following the base trim. The GT-Line, for instance, receives some black exterior treatments. It gets some additional sporty touches as well. The EX upgrades to a panoramic sunroof. The Forte has an equally sharp-looking exterior characterized by dynamic contours and bold LED lighting. The base trim gets 15-inch wheels, while larger 16-inch wheels are included on the second trim. The GT-Line has 17-inch wheels and a sporty rear spoiler. Topping the lineup is the GT with 18-inch wheels.


Starting with the base trim, called the LX, you'll get dual-zone climate control, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and cloth seats. Keyless entry is added to the second trim level. Leather seats are added on the EX, and the GT gets sporty front seats. The Forte adds blind-spot monitoring as a standard feature this year. It also gets a premium Harman Kardon sound system, wireless charging, and a sunroof.

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* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.