2015 Kia K900 vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia K900
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2015 Kia K900 enters the large luxury sedan segment against tough competition.

It offers more features for less money than the mid-size German cars Kia would like it to go up against--the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class--but we don't think those are really its competitors.

Instead, it likely competes with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive large sedans from another set of premium/luxury brands.

First among them would be its sibling the Hyundai Genesis (and the larger Hyundai Equus as well), which has just been restyled with a look that's as extroverted as the K900 is conservative (and offers the same two engines as the Kia to boot).

The Cadillac CTS is also more extroverted, and more of a driver's car, with a flashier interior and higher performance versions on the way.

The Infiniti Q70 (nee M lineup) is one of the older models in the group, but its lines remain striking every after several years; finally, the Acura RLX handles surprisingly well and offers a hybrid model, as does the Infiniti.

With neither hybrid or diesel alternatives nor the option of all-wheel drive, the K900 may find its market somewhat limited--but it's a good first effort in a tough segment.

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The 2015 Kia K900 reaches for the luxury stars--and grabs a little Lexus and old-school Cadillac, though it falls well short of Audi.
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The 2015 Acura RLX is an understated luxury full-sizer that puts emphasis on unique technical solutions instead of all-out style and flair.
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The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan is a stunner–especially in V-Sport guise–and it looks great, too.
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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is no longer just a great luxury-car value; it's a legitimate alternative to the heavyweights.
The 2015 Lexus GS family offers a classic, conservative sport-sedan profile -- and enough performance to please most -- but overlays it with as much luxury and technology as you please.
MSRP From    
$54,500$48,450$45,345$38,000$48,600
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-6Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Large CarsMid-Size CarsMid-SizeLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Premium4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L RWD4-Door Sedan RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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