2021 Kia Forte vs 2021 Kia K5

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


2.0L I-4 1.6L Turbo I-4


147 hp 180 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

27/37 * 29/38 *

  Front & Rear Leg Room

42.2/35.7 in. 46.1/35.2 in.

  Cargo Space

15.3 cu. ft. 16.0 cu. ft.

2021 Kia Forte vs 2021 Kia K5

Serving Morrow, GA

For many years, Kia’s popular line of four-door cars placed the compact Forte directly next to the midsize Optima. Now that the Optima has been replaced with the Kia K5, you need to check out this new model’s robust attributes and capabilities. Which of these 2021 Kia models will you decide to make your own after getting familiar with what they offer?


The first four of the Forte’s six trim levels receive 147 horsepower from an inline-four, 2.0-liter engine. If you choose one of the Forte’s top trim levels, your car will benefit from 190 horsepower produced by an inline-four, turbo 1.6-liter engine. In comparison, the Kia K5 has five trim levels in the 2021 model year. The first four trims draw 180 horsepower from a four-cylinder, turbo 1.6-liter gas engine. The premium trim level will impress you with its delivery of 290 horsepower from a four-cylinder, turbo 2.5-liter engine.


The 2021 Kia Forte has a distinctly sporty façade characterized by strong curves through the profile and broad accents that angle confidently through the side doors. The thin grille has a bowtie-like shape, and it is accompanied by innovative LED headlights with an embedded, X-shaped design. The 2021 Kia K5, on the other hand, has even stronger curves across its profile. This creates a powerful look over the defined hood and considerable aerodynamics through the roof. The K5’s low profile and expressive, three-part air vent on the front end add to its athletic design. Notably, its three-bulb LED headlights are highlighted by an orange light bar that zags dramatically underneath the headlights before flowing toward the rear.


Both of these sedans are perfectly outfitted with modern features, and they both have significant differences in equipment through their trim lines. The Forte’s equipment at different trim levels may include an 8-inch display screen, voice recognition, a UVO link, a navigation system, Bluetooth tech, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a standard or Harman Kardon premium sound system. In the K5, most of these features are standard or available, but there are a few differences. For example, a 10.25-inch display screen is optional at most trim levels, and the premium audio system is a Bose system with 12 speakers.

The Kia Atlanta South sales reps want to show off the new K5 sedan when you arrive. We can also help you compare the 2021 Forte to the K5 to purchase with supreme confidence during your visit.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.