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Toyota Camry Vs. KIA K5: Which 2023 Mid-size Sedan Offers More Value?

As this generation of shoppers keeps swinging towards SUVs, the once highly-competitive mid-size sedan segment is left with a handful of albeit desirable and scintillating offerings.

This article places two well-known middle-sized sedans–the 2023 Toyota Camry and the 2023 KIA K5–side-by-side to help shoppers know which one has a higher value proposition.

Both cars receive updated features across trim levels for the new model year.

Engine And Transmission

Shoppers who opt for the Toyota Camry can choose between the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 203 hp, a 208-hp hybrid setup, and a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 that cranks out 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Both engines hook up with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid pairs with a CVT. For the K5, the entry-level engine is a 180-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Still, shoppers won’t mind going for the top-spec V6 model, which features an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a zippy 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Both sedans offer all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive options. The KIA K5, with the 290-hp turbo engine, sprints from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds, while the V6-powered Camry requires an extra 0.3 seconds.

Fuel Economy

Shoppers that prioritize fuel economy will opt for the Toyota Camry. Aside from its highly efficient hybrid powertrain, the gas-powered models recorded slightly higher EPA numbers than the KIA K5. The Camry’s base engine is rated 28 and 39 mpg in city/highway, while the K5’s standard four-cylinder gets 27 and 37 mpg, respectively.


Inside, the Camry sports a roomy, comfy interior that gets undeniably luxurious as you ascend the trim levels. Standard features include fabric-trimmed seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, etc. You can also opt for high-end features like genuine leather seats, head-up display, a 9-speaker JBL sound system, etc.

Lower-end models of the KIA K5 boast slightly higher build quality than the lower models of the Camry. The K5’s layout is simple and practical, with standard features such as an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, cloth seats, and a six-speaker audio system. Shoppers can upgrade to a 12-speaker Bose audio system, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, synthetic leather upholstery, etc.

Safety And Driver Assistance

Both sedans offer similar safety and driver-assistive features. Most of these features are standard, but shoppers will have to pay extra for advanced ones. Examples of the safety features in both sedans include

  • Pre-Collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic high beams
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure alert
  • Road sign assists, etc.

Rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the Toyota Camry, while shoppers will need to opt for higher trims to enjoy Adaptive cruise control on the KIA K5.

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