The Cadenza arrives on the heels of a number of new entries, in a crowded class of almost-luxury sedans that includes the Nissan Maxima, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, and Chevrolet Impala.
And almost all of those (except the Maxima) have been refreshed in the past couple of years.
Both the new Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala hit new high points for their tarnished nameplates, with more youthful vigor to the driving experience and more refinement, as well as far better styling.
The Avalon is joined by a 40-mpg Hybrid model that can't be beat if you want something roomy, comfortable, and green, while the Ford Taurus can be had with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that boosts mileage to 32 mpg highway.
The Taurus is otherwise unspectacular to drive, unless you opt for the performance-oriented (and thirsty) SHO.
Meanwhile, the one that's been on the market the longest, the Maxima, is the best-handling of the bunch.
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|19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
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|4-Door Sedan Premium||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan SE FWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan XLE (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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