2021 Kia K5  RealSafeCars73Safety Rating

#49 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#124 of all 2021 vehicles


The K5, which Kia introduced in 2021, is a midsize sedan with seating up to 5. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 Kia K5 is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Kia K5 has a score of 73, implying a 0.051% chance of driver death (4.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Kia K5 has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0508% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.8025%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0508% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.8025% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Kia K5 is 6% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Kia K5 is 1% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. An active safety system that is standard on the 2021 Kia K5 is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA). Optional safety features on the 2021 Kia K5 which we recommend include Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA).


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8753Volkswagen JettaChevrolet MalibuNissan AltimaKia K5Volkswagen PassatHyundai SonataToyota CamryMazda 6Mazda 3Subaru LegacyHonda AccordNissan SentraComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Kia K5 with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 53 to 87. The 2021 Kia K5 is safer than the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu and less safe than the 2021 Hyundai Sonata, the 2021 Nissan Sentra, the 2021 Honda Accord, the 2021 Subaru Legacy, the 2021 Mazda 3, the 2021 Mazda 6, and the 2021 Toyota Camry. It is about as safe as the 2021 Volkswagen Passat.

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