The accepted bearing Honda Accord has been a chic baton aback it was alien in 2018. It has garnered an Edmunds Top Rated accolade for the aftermost two years, acceptation it outranked all added midsize sedans. But there is a new amateur for the title: the all-new 2021 Kia K5.
The K5 replaces Kia’s Optima sedan. It appearance added advancing administration and the latest technology features. Edmunds’ experts performed a abounding appraisal of the Kia K5 to acknowledgment the question: Is it bigger than the Honda Accord?
POWER AND PERFORMANCE
The Accord has a accepted turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder agent that produces 192 horsepower. The K5′s accepted agent is a turbocharged 1.6-liter acceptable for 180 horsepower. The Accord’s slight ability advantage doesn’t beggarly abundant in real-world driving. In testing, both sedans accelerated to 60 mph in 8 abnormal and delivered agnate all-embracing performance. Added able four-cylinder engines ― 252 application in the Accord, 290 application in the K5 ― are accessible for both sedans.
Fuel abridgement is additionally about a tie. The EPA estimates the Accord with the accepted agent and continuously capricious automated manual will get up to 33 mpg in accumulated city/highway driving. The Kia, with its abject engine, will get up to an estimated 32 mpg combined.
The Honda has an accomplished continuously capricious automated manual that minimizes the delays in acknowledgment that this blazon of manual can sometimes exhibit. The Kia’s acceptable automated is hardly better, and alike admitting dispatch is asleep even, the K5 feels added responsive. Both sedans accept accepted front-wheel drive, admitting Kia goes one footfall added and offers alternative all-wheel drive.
COMFORT AND INTERIOR
The K5 and the Accord ably absorb up imperfections in the alley for a adequate ride. The Accord, however, tends to feel a little busier and active on asperous pavement. As far as bench abundance goes, they bear adapted abutment and cushioning for continued alley trips.
In the back, anniversary car has affluence of rear legroom for cartage to amplitude out or to fit a beefy rear-facing adolescent assurance seat. These sedans accept cone-shaped rooflines and, as such, rear allowance starts to get bound for adults added than 6 anxiety tall.
The autogenous architecture and affection are additionally comparable. Both affection a visually arresting accumbent dashboard with flush materials. The Accord assets a slight advantage aback it comes to apparent afterimage aback the K5′s taller decklid somewhat obscures your appearance out of the back.
In agreement of burden capacity, the Honda offers up to 16.7 cubic anxiety in the block compared to the K5′s 16 cubic feet. That aberration is marginal, and it’s counterbalanced out by the Kia’s beyond block aperture that makes loading items a bit easier. All things considered, we’re assertive that drivers and cartage will acquisition the interiors of both the Accord and the K5 to their liking.
It’s accessible to accomplish the touchscreens in these sedans. Yet the K5 gets an bend for some of its features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone affiliation is accepted on every trim level, for instance, while Honda doesn’t action such affiliation for the abject trim Accord. You additionally get wireless versions of these systems in the K5. This is decidedly accessible in affiliation with the accessible wireless charging pad that appearance a cooling fan and a spring-loaded console to accumulate your buzz secure.
The Kia K5 continues to cull avant-garde in this chic acknowledgment to its avant-garde assurance appearance and disciplinarian assistants. While they don’t appear accepted on every trim akin as they do on the Accord, their all-embracing operation is smoother and beneath decumbent to apocryphal alarms.
PRICING AND VALUE
The Honda Accord’s abject LX trim starts appropriate at $25,225 including destination fees. The abject Kia K5 LX is aloof a bit beneath at $24,455. Kia’s appraisement advantage is constant through the midlevel trims all the way up to the top, area the adequate Honda Accord Touring trim costs $37,355 and a loaded-up Kia K5 GT rings in at $35,455.
Warranty advantage runs for bristles years or 60,000 afar with the Accord. Kia extends it out to 10 years and 100,000 miles.
EDMUNDS SAYS: In the areas area it affairs best to shoppers in the midsize auto class, both the Honda Accord and the new Kia K5 calmly accommodated or exhausted expectations. They’re comfortable, agreeable to drive and accept affluence of tech features. As abutting as they are, the Kia K5 edges out the Accord aback it comes to amount and a few appearance that add up to a bigger all-embracing experience.
This adventure was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Mark Takahashi is a chief reviews editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @mark_takahashi.
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