2015 Kia Cadenza vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia Cadenza
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Cadenza arrived on the heels of a number of new entries, in a crowded class of almost-luxury large sedans that includes the Nissan Maxima, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, and Chevrolet Impala.

Both the latest Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala are vast improvements over their predecessors, providing stylish wrappers, plenty of convenience features, and comfortable interiors, plus they're somewhat enjoyable to drive.

The Avalon offers 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 very thirsty) SHO.

Meanwhile, the one that's been on the market the longest, the Maxima, is the best-handling of the bunch.

Looking upward in the market, you might also want to take a look at the Acura RLX, which is far sportier to drive, or the well-regarded and comfortable Volvo S80.

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Quick Specs
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The 2015 Kia Cadenza is no sport sedan, and not quite a luxury car, but it offers many of the features premium buyers want, excepting maybe the badge, for a solid price.
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The 2015 Chevrolet Impala is loaded with technology and handles better previous models, and it's better looking, too.
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The 2015 Azera is the big, stylish, luxurious Hyundai for folks who don't want the Genesis's bulk or price tag.
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The 2015 Toyota Avalon is no longer just for retirees, although they'll appreciate the attractive design, available fuel-sipping Hybrid, and rejuvenated driving dynamics as much as anyone.
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The 2014 Nissan Maxima isn't the enthusiast car it claims to be, but it is a more luxurious, more stylish option than many of its competitors.
MSRP From     
$34,900$27,060$27,055$34,000$32,285$31,290
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Premium4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan XLE (GS)4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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