Comparison between the 2022 Kia K5 and the 2022 Honda Civic

The midsize 2022 Kia K5 and the compact 2022 Honda Civic aren’t exactly direct competitors, but we see enough buyers looking for both of them to warrant a comparison. Are you Team K5 or Club Civic? Let’s give each of them the opportunity to seduce you.

Kia K5 2022

All-new in 2021 replacing the Optima, the 2022 K5 remains a serious contender in the midsize sedan segment. A sporty mid-size sedan with a fastback look, the 2022 Kia K5 offers technology, comfort and excellent driving manners in a beautiful package. See listings near you

Kia K5 Highlights

Pointed style: We like the clean look of the exterior, especially the headlights and fastback styling. The interior is a very pleasant place, with seats that are both comfortable and supportive, and a futuristic dashboard and infotainment system. A taller version called GT-Line adds a sporty look and 18-inch wheels. Most interior functions can be accessed via the infotainment screen or redundant buttons on the steering wheel, making the cabin clean and tidy.

Value Price: The K5 is more expensive than the smaller Civic, but it’s a safe bet among midsize sedans. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and dual-zone automatic climate control are standard, as is automatic emergency braking. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams. Top trims offer all-wheel drive, more USB ports, a larger touchscreen, heated seats, navigation, and a panoramic sunroof. The K5 also offers available all-wheel drive, which is not available on the Civic.

Good fuel economy: The base 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder may look small, but it delivers plenty of low-end torque to keep the K5 going. The 8-speed transmission helps it get good fuel economy, while a driver-selectable Sport mode adds driving fun. It’s not as efficient as the smaller, less powerful Civic, but its combined 31-mpg EPA rating is solid for a mid-size sedan.

Honda Civic 2022

Honda Civic 2022

As the best compact car buy for 2022, the completely redesigned Honda Civic continues to impress with its value, style and performance. Buyers are also impressed, as it is the best-selling passenger car in the United States. See listings near you

Honda Civic Highlights

Timeless design: Honda’s ‘timeless design’ concepts from previous Civics have been revisited here, including a low hood, front fenders and beltline, which create a spacious greenhouse and a great view out. While the new Civic hatchback might have looked more like a station wagon, Honda instead gave it a coupe-like roofline while maintaining good rear headroom.

Impeccably practical yet fun: While still more efficient than previous Civics, the 2022 model also carries on the tradition of being fun to drive, boasting 158 horsepower and suspension tuned for fun as well as everyday comfort. Add to that the Civic’s roomy interior and solid fuel economy ratings of up to 36 mpg combined, and you’ve got a fun and relatively frugal — and still affordable — choice for the daily grind.

Refined and reliable: Just as it’s fun and beautiful, the 2022 Civic also showcases the best of Honda’s ability to deliver exceptional refinement, reliability and resale value in a relatively affordable package.


Fun to drive; strong technology; excellent interiors.


You really can’t go wrong choosing one of these high-value, feature-rich, fun-to-drive cars. The Civic is as good as it gets among compact cars, but as a midsize sedan the K5 offers more space, more power and more features, but for a little more money.

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Kia K5 2022 Honda Civic 2022
Starting price $23,790 $22,550
Popular powertrains
Engine 1.6 liter turbo I4 2.0 liter I4
Powerful 180 hp at 5000 rpm 158 hp at 6,500 rpm
Couple 195 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm 138 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic CVT
fuel economy 32 mpg (29 city/38 highway) 35 mpg (31 city/40 highway)
Also available 2.5 liter turbo I4; 8-speed dual-clutch automatic; all-wheel drive 1.5 liter turbo I4; 6-speed manual
Basic warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 112.2 inches 107.7 inches
Total length 193.1 inches 184.0 inches
Lenght 73.2 inches 70.9 inches
Height 56.9 inches 55.7 inches
Headroom, front 40.2 inches 39.3 inches
Headroom, rear 37.8 inches 37.1 inches
Leg room, front 46.1 inches 42.3 inches
Leg room, rear 35.2 inches 37.4 inches
Shoulder room, front 58.0 inches 57.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.1 inches 56.0 inches
EPA passenger volume 105.3 cubic feet 99.0 cubic feet
EPA cargo volume 16.0 cubic feet 14.8 cubic feet

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