Bold sedan applauded for its combination of high ratings and available features

IRVINE, CA, June 8, 2023 – U.S. News & World Report has awarded the 2023 Kia K5 “Best Car for Teens $25K to $30K.” These awards recognize vehicles that score well in dependability, reliability, crash prevention, and available features, which are all factors parents may consider while shopping for a vehicle for their teen driver.   

“Finding the right car for your teen can be a daunting task for parents, but the experts at U.S. News and World Report have done an excellent job of narrowing the field of choices,” said Steven Center, COO & EVP, Kia America. “We are honored the K5 has been recognized as one of the best cars for teens – it rightfully belongs on this list with its modern styling and long list of available features and technology at an affordable price point.”

The boldly styled K5 is available in five trim levels (LXS, GT-Line, GT-Line AWD, EX, GT) and comes standard with a wealth of advanced driver assistance systems1 including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist2, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist3, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist4, and Lane Departure Warning5, among several other features. Parents will also appreciate features like Geofence Alert, Curfew Alert and Speed Alert, which are available as part of the Kia Connect6 app-based telematics system.

 “The Kia K5 performs exceptionally well in our rankings, and many of the attributes that make it such a great midsize car also bolster its appeal for new drivers,” said Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “A strong predicted reliability rating and a lengthy powertrain warranty give the K5 an edge when it comes to dependability. At the same time, Kia’s advanced driver assistance systems are an effective tool that can help encourage safe habits for those who are still honing their skills behind the wheel.”   

Available with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine or a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4, the K5 offers technology desirable to teens, including a standard 8-inch (available 10.25-inch) color touchscreen with an integrated rear view camera7, wired Apple CarPlay8 and Android Auto9, and Bluetooth10 wireless technology.

Kia America – about us

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a range of gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrified vehicles sold through a network of over 750 dealers in the U.S., including several cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America*.

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* The K5, Sportage, Sorento, and Telluride (excludes HEV and PHEV models) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts. 

1 Advanced driver assistance systems are not substitutes for safe driving and may not detect all objects around the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

2 When engaged, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all objects in front of vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

3 When engaged, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all objects around vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

4 When engaged, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all objects behind vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

5 When engaged, Lane Departure Warning is not a substitute for safe driving and may not detect all objects around the vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution

6 Purchase/lease of certain 2022 and newer Kia vehicles with Kia Connect includes a complimentary 1-year subscription starting from new vehicle retail sale/lease date as recorded by the dealer. After your complimentary 1-year Kia Connect subscription expires, continued access to the full suite of Kia Connect services available on your Kia will require a paid subscription at the then-current subscription rate or your use of certain Kia Connect features may immediately terminate. Use of Kia Connect is subject to agreement to the Kia Connect Privacy Policy (available at and Terms of Service (available at Complimentary Kia Connect subscription is transferable to subsequent owner during the original Kia Connect service term. Only use Kia Connect when safe to do so.  Kia Connect may currently be unavailable for Model Year 2022 and newer vehicles sold or purchased in Massachusetts; please see the Kia Owner’s Portal for updates on availability. Kia Access with Kia Connect app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Kia America, Inc. reserves the right to change or discontinue Kia Connect at any time without prior notification or incurring any future obligation. Message and data rates may apply. Cellular and GPS coverage is required to use most features. Kia Connect features may vary by model, model year, and trim level. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. For more on details and limitations, visit or your authorized Kia dealer. Apple and App Store are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Google and its related trademarks are trademarks of Google LLC or its affiliates.

7 These features are not substitutes for safe driving and may not detect or display all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

8 CarPlay runs on smartphone cellular data service. Normal data rates apply. Apple and CarPlay are trademarks of Apple, Inc.

9 Android Auto vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play store and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android, Android Auto, and Google Play are trademarks of Google LLC.

10 The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., and any use of such marks by Kia is pursuant to license. A Bluetooth enabled device is required to use Bluetooth wireless technology.



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