2021 Kia K5 vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Kia Optima is related to the Hyundai Sonata, although the Kia offers all-wheel drive and different looks—both look great.

The Honda Accord is the standard-bearer in the class, although it’s beginning to look aged.

The Toyota Camry offers all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain, but relatively conservative looks.

The Subaru Legacy has the most restrained looks of the bunch, but standard all-wheel drive on all sedans.

The Nissan Altima has available all-wheel drive too, but a much plainer interior.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Kia K5 gives the automaker a new look and a new family-sedan identity.
More tech this year makes the 2021 Honda Accord a compelling buy, but the options can rack up.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata wears luxury threads in pricey models, but all versions get excellent safety and warranty coverage.
The 2021 Nissan Altima has a plain-spoken appeal, not to mention high safety scores and a great low price.
The 2021 Subaru Legacy aces its value and safety tests, and gets a pass on the rest.
The 2021 Toyota Camry elevates its family-sedan game with grabby looks and hybrid power.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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