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Black 2021 Toyota Camry vs. White 2021 Kia K5 on Long Island, NY.

2021 Toyota Camry Vs. 2021 Kia K5: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, May 28, 2021 9:00 AM

Even in this age of ever-increasing SUV popularity, the family sedan still maintains its position as one of the most reliable vehicles in North America. The decision for many automakers to continue focusing on the sedan was a smart one – in one of these cars you will find abundant space for passengers, impressive fuel economy, and ample tech features. In addition to that, family sedans give owners great value for their money. To help people better understand the full benefits of everything a sedan can offer, our Westbury Toyota staff has put together a comparison guide for two of 2021’s most in-demand family cars: The 2021 Toyota Camry and the 2021 Kia K5, otherwise known as the Optima.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

As far as sedans go, what both of these cars have to offer in terms of driving is considerable and closely comparable. We have listed all the relevant details in the table below:

2021 Toyota Camry 2021 Kia K5 (Optima)

2.5 liter inline 4-cylinder (L) engine capable of 203 horsepower (hp) and 184 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque

1.6 L turbo 4-cylinder engine capable of 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque

8-speed automatic transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

Front-wheel drive (FWD)

All-wheel drive (AWD) and FWD

EPA rating of 28 miles per gallon (mpg) city driving, 39 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined

EPA rating of 26 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined

As you can see, even though the K5 has a bit more torque and available AWD, the Camry possess noticeably better mileage, meaning that you will not be feeling a pinch every time the price of fuel soars.

In terms of how these two sedans handle while out on the road, the verdict has come back that the Camry delivers a better driving experience than the K5, according to Eleonor Seguar of Motor Trend. Steering is more centered and the ride quality is smoother with the Camry, so that is something to bear in mind if you spend a lot of your day behind the wheel.

Safety and Tech Features

As expected from two such respectable automakers, you will find top notch safety and tech features in both. However, there are some mentionable differences that should be addressed. The 2021 Camry comes outfitted with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5), which includes the following:

  • Dynamic radar cruise control
  • Automatic high beams
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Road sign assist

Available safety features for the 2021 Camry include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic, Bird’s Eye Camera with Perimeter Scan, Intelligence Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Breaking, and Safety Connect. The 2021 K5 also has a plethora of similar safety features that come standard, but lacks the comprehensive coverage offered by Toyota.

In terms of tech, these two cars are once again neck and neck. What the K5 lacks, the Camry provides, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an available 9-inch touchscreen, WiFi Connect, Remote Connect, and Smart Key System with Push Button Start.

Which One Is Right for Me?

As you can tell, the 2021 Toyota Camry and the 2021 Kia K5 have everything that a family sedan could possibly need to make driving every day not only tolerable, but enjoyable. Add to that the reliability factor and you have two cars that will surpass that of every other car in their class, but which one of them is better? Well, facts do not lie, and when you compare the specs and features of these two family sedans, you will see that the Camry has more to offer than the K5 in a couple of areas. If you are interested in learning more about the 2021 Camry as well as the purchasing and leasing options, go ahead and contact us here at Westbury Toyota. We would be more than happy to fill you in.

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