2022 Kia K5 vs. 2022 Honda Civic Comparison

2022 Kia K5 driving in blue

The midsize 2022 Kia K5 and compact 2022 Honda Civic aren’t exactly direct competitors, but we see plenty of shoppers examining both that a comparison is in order. Are you Team K5 or Club Civic? Let’s give each of them a chance to win you over.

2022 Kia K5

2022 Kia K5 drives in blue

Brand new in 2021 as a replacement for the Optima, the 2022 K5 remains a strong competitor in the midsize sedan segment. A sporty mid-sized sedan with a fastback look, the 2022 Kia K5 offers technology, comfort and great driving styles in a beautiful package. View offers near you

Kia K5 Highlights

Sharp Style: We like the sharp look of the exterior, especially the headlights and fastback styling. The interior is a very nice place to be, with seats that are both comfortable and supportive, and a futuristic-looking instrument panel and infotainment system. A higher trim, the GT-Line, adds some sporty looks and 18-inch wheels. Most interior functions are accessible via the infotainment screen or redundant buttons on the steering wheel, leaving the cabin neat and tidy.

Value prices: The K5 is more expensive than the smaller Civic, but is a great value among mid-sized sedans. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and two-zone automatic climate control are standard, as are automatic emergency braking. Standard safety features include Forward Collision Warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist and automatic high beam. The top finish offers four-wheel drive, more USB ports, a larger touchscreen, heated seats, navigation and a panoramic sunroof. The K5 also offers available four-wheel drive, which is not available on the Civic.

Good fuel economy: The basic 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder may seem small, but it offers enough low-end torque to keep the K5 moving. The 8-speed manual transmission ensures low fuel consumption, while a driver-selectable Sport mode adds driving pleasure. It’s not as efficient as the smaller and less powerful Civic, but the combined EPA rating of 31 mpg is solid for a mid-sized sedan.

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Honda Civic

As our Compact Car Best Buy for 2022, the completely redesigned Honda Civic continues to impress with value, style and performance. Shoppers are also impressed as it is the best-selling passenger car in the US View offers near you

Highlights of the Honda Civic

Timeless design: Honda’s ‘timeless design’ concepts from previous Civics have been revisited here, including a low hood, front fenders and beltline, creating an expansive greenhouse and fantastic views out. While the new Civic hatchback could have been made to look more like a wagon, Honda instead gave it a coupe-like roofline while maintaining good rear headroom.

Impeccably practical yet fun: Despite being even more efficient than previous Civics, the 2022 model also continues the tradition of driving pleasure, with 158 horsepower and a suspension tuned for fun and everyday comfort. Add to that the Civic’s roomy interior and solid fuel economy 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 fun and beautiful as it is, 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 if you choose one of these high-quality cars packed with features and driving pleasure. The Civic is as good as it gets among compact cars, but as a mid-sized sedan, the K5 offers more space, more power and more features, but for a little more money.

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2022 Kia K5 2022 Honda Civic
Starting price $23,790 $22,550
Popular powertrains
engine 1.6-litre turbo I4 2.0 liter I4
horsepower 180 hp @ 5,000 rpm 158 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Couple 195 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm 138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transfer 8-speed automatic CVT
Fuel economy 32 mpg (29 city/38 highway) 35 mpg (31 city/40 highway)
Also available 2.5-litre turbo I4; 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; AWD 1.5-litre turbo I4; 6-speed manual transmission
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 General Safety Assessment 5 stars 5 stars
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
wheelbase 112.2 inches 107.7 inches
Total length 193.1 inch 184.0 inches
Width 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
Legroom, front 46.1 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, 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 freight volume 16.0 cubic feet 14.8 cubic feet