In comparing the Kia K5 EX's and the Hyundai SONATA Limited's specifications and ratings, the Kia K5 EX has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Hyundai SONATA Limited has the advantage in the area of resale value. The Kia K5 EX and Hyundai SONATA Limited have the same fuel efficiency base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia K5 EX's and the Hyundai SONATA Limited's specifications and ratings, the Kia K5 EX is a better car than the Hyundai SONATA Limited.
Kia K5 EX vs. Hyundai SONATA Limited Pricing
A used 2023 Kia K5 EX ranges from $28,984 to $35,367 while a used 2023 Hyundai SONATA Limited is priced between $30,463 to $36,847. For a new model, the Kia K5 EX's price is between $30,036 and $35,655, with the Hyundai SONATA Limited priced between $34,636 and $37,448.
Kia K5 EX vs. Hyundai SONATA Limited Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia K5 EX loses 46.8 percent of its value and the Hyundai SONATA Limited loses 44.7 percent of its value. This means the Hyundai SONATA Limited retains 2.2 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia K5 EX.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the base engine of both the Kia K5 EX and the Hyundai SONATA Limited makes 180 horsepower. Both the EX and the Limited are rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 585 and 588 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are midsize cars, the Kia K5 EX has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room and rear leg room. The Hyundai SONATA Limited has the advantage in the area of front head room. The Kia K5 EX and Hyundai SONATA Limited are comparable in regards to front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Kia K5 EX and the Hyundai SONATA Limited have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Kia K5 EX has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Hyundai SONATA Limited’s Top Safety Pick award.