Compare 2018 Kia Cadenza vs 2018 Nissan Maxima

2018 Kia Cadenza
2018 Nissan Maxima
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Limited Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cadenza Limited Sedan 20 28 $41,320 $44,690
Cadenza Premium Sedan 20 28 $30,408 $32,290
Cadenza Technology Sedan 20 28 $36,328 $39,290
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Platinum 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Maxima Platinum 3.5L 21 30 $38,352 $41,090
Maxima S 3.5L 21 30 $31,202 $33,420
Maxima SL 3.5L 21 30 $35,322 $37,840
Maxima SR 3.5L 21 30 $36,106 $38,680
Maxima SV 3.5L 21 30 $33,067 $35,420
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,320
$38,352
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,690
$41,090
Monthly Payment Estimate
$745 / month
$685 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish. The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 35.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.8 96.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45
Front Hip Room (in)
56.5 54.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 34.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.9
Second Hip Room (in)
56.3 53.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 56.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
112.4 109.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.6 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 62.4
Length, Overall (in)
195.7 192.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16 14.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 12.1
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.2 -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40VR19 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40VR19 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3770 3608
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 18 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
660 550
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
253 @ 5200 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.3 L/204 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 300 @ 6400
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.81 2.41 - 0.38
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.32 5.25
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 -
Trans Type
8 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.90 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Cadenza Nissan Maxima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 7.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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