Drivers looking for a well-equipped, accessible option within the sedan segment may find it hard to choose between the 2021 Kia K5 vs the 2021 Chevy Malibu. Both sedans can be found in five trims: LX, LXs, GT-Line, EX and GT for the 2021 Kia K5 and L, LS, RS, LT and Premier for the 2021 Chevy Malibu. However, drivers who carefully compare the differences between these two sedans will find that the 2021 Kia K5 has the edge in terms of performance and safety.
There are notable performance differences between these two models. The turbocharged, four-cylinder, 1.6-liter engine that comes in the 2021 Kia K5 produces 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The 2021 Malibu may feel underwhelming in comparison, coming standard with a powertrain that only outputs 160 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.
The 2021 Kia K5 comes standard with numerous safety features and advanced driver assistance systems, such as a lane keeping assistance system, a driver attention warning system and forward collision mitigation. Unfortunately, the majority of driver aids available for the 2021 Chevy Malibu are only offered through an optional package, including lane keeping assist.
There’s no shortage of interior amenities available for the 2021 Kia K5 as well. This sedan comes standard with a six-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-inch touchscreen display.
The 2021 Kia K5 is available for purchase in several exterior paint options, which include: Wolf Gray, Gravity Gray, Passion Red tint Coat, Everlasting Silver, Glacial White Pearl, Sapphire Blue, Crystal Beige and Ebony Black.