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SAN DIEGO — Opposite to what Ford and Common Motors would have you ever imagine, individuals nonetheless purchase sedans. They simply don’t purchase sedans from Ford and Common Motors.

Although the crossover, SUV and pickup truck growth continues unabated, there stay terrific choices within the sedan world should you’re into that form of factor. A few of them are even new and, dare I say it, a bit thrilling?

OK, let’s not get carried away. Some sedans are legitimately thrilling (like the brand new BMW M5 or a Volvo S60 Polestar), however these usually are significantly dearer than my check automotive this week: the Kia K5.

The K5 is the substitute for the Kia Optima (which was a superb sedan in its personal proper) and competes towards stalwarts just like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima — to not point out its stablemate the Hyundai Sonata that I drove final yr and actually liked.

However the automotive that the brand new K5 actually jogs my memory of is its massive brother: the Kia Stinger. That’s a kind of legitimately thrilling sedans (although actually it’s a fastback) that I discussed earlier, and a little bit of its DNA is shared with this tamer variant.

This Kia continues to be a little bit of a looker, with a fastback silhouette of its personal and slippery traces that make it appear dearer than my check automotive’s $32,355 sticker worth would point out.

I had the luxury-focused K5 EX trim, which is barely lacking a handful of options when in comparison with the top-of-the-line K5 GT (which sports activities a a lot bigger and extra highly effective engine, should you’re into that form of factor).

However for the cash, it’s extraordinarily well-equipped and the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is surprisingly peppy. And, the fuel mileage makes this a superb commuter choice — seemingly the use for a lot of a K5 — with an EPA-estimated 37 MPG freeway and 27/31 metropolis and mixed. The usual 100,000-mile/10-year guarantee is fairly terrific, too.

Kia hasn’t skimped on the options both. The K5 ticks each security characteristic field together with rear cross-traffic alert with auto-brake, computerized lane following (aka a light-weight model of autosteer), computerized excessive beams, and adaptive cruise management with full stop-and-go help so it’s ideally suited for site visitors.

There’s additionally a intelligent characteristic known as Secure Exit Help that’s turning into extra widespread in new autos. It makes use of the present blind-spot monitoring radar on the rear of the car (which are additionally used for cross-traffic alert when reversing) to detect automobiles or bicyclists approaching from behind when parallel parked. If it sees one, it’ll briefly stop the doorways from being opened on that aspect of the automotive till the hazard has handed.

This retains each passengers and bicyclists (who’re at actual threat of getting impaled on a casually opened automotive door) safer. I really like taking present {hardware} on a automotive and repurposing it for brand new options, so that is one thing I’m an enormous fan of.

Inside is commonplace Kia fare with a big touchscreen on the prime of the well-designed middle stack that helps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a hefty bin with USB and energy shops, and a bin to your cellphone (or no matter else you wish to toss in there) in entrance of the gear shifter, and two adequately sized cupholders.

Much more fascinating is a slot behind the gear shifter so that you can drop your cellphone in that retains it secure and safe whereas wirelessly charging it as effectively. I like this form of outside-the-box considering in relation to a cellphone storage location. Placing a cellphone horizontal and flat is a large waste of area when you possibly can drop it right into a vertical slot, though with telephones getting greater and greater, I ponder if the iPhone 17 will match. I think that telephones are accomplished getting bigger, however I assumed that with the iPhone 5, too, and right here we’re with the iPhone Freaking Huge, so what do I do know?

Comfy seats and a pleasant Bose sound system full the ensemble, with elegant wooden accents out there within the luxury-focused EX-trim, whereas the sportier GT will get a sharper brushed aluminum look.

I’ve to be sincere, I’d nonetheless purchase a crossover over the K5 sedan. They’re virtually pretty much as good on gasoline economic system, have a better driving place and are a lot better in relation to cargo area for my biweekly Costco runs. However there are greater than one million sedans bought yearly in America, and people sedan consumers deserve nice choices. They deserve the Kia K5.

And should you’re severely contemplating a sedan, give the Kia K5 a severe look.