Kia has changed things up by changing the name of its well-regarded Optima midsize sedan to K5 in honor of its complete makeover. With an eye toward improving its image as a sporty car brand, Kia has endowed the K5 with a hot turbocharged model that offers 290 horsepower and best-in-class torque. Host Jack Nerad talks with Kia product planner Brian Williams about the car’s radical changeover. Not only is the halo model turbocharged the base model is turbocharged as well. It has a 180 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. It, like the GT model, has an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Kia K5 slideshow
In the car review and road test portion of the show co-host Chris Teague and Jack Nerad discuss two upscale SUVs, the Lincoln Corsair and the Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design. The Volvo XC90 is an attractive three-row crossover that is noted for its luxuriously simple interior, extensive safety features and fun-to-drive demeanor.
Volvo XC90 slideshow
The Lincoln Corsair is a compact luxury SUV that seems well-suited to the needs of empty-nesters. It is heavily laden with features and content, has a sharp exterior, and delivers a smooth if somewhat uninvolving driving experience.
Lincoln Corsair slideshow