2017 Kia Cadenza vs. Its Competition

2017 Kia Cadenza
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With this latest redesign, the Kia Cadenza moves a bit upmarket thanks to some new features and improved materials inside.

That means it squares off well against the similarly-redesigned Buick LaCrosse.

We like the way the Buick drives more, but the Kia's interior is roomier and it's a little cheaper.

Toyota's Avalon and Chevrolet's Impala have long been default full-size sedans, but both are aging and feel a little less than fresh agains the Cadenza.

So to the Hyundai Azera, which shares its platform and powertrain with the last Cadenza.

Those looking for the sporty ride and handling that the Cadenza doesn't quite deliver may want to look at the daring Nissan Maxima.

It makes some compromises inside and isn't nearly as polished, but it is an intriguing option.

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Quick Specs
7.5
The 2017 Kia Cadenza edges closer to the true luxury car it wants to be, thanks to big advances in refinement.
7.2
An excellent chassis and a nice interior mean the LaCrosse should be on your shopping list. At the low end, it represents an excellent value and should be on any full-size sedan buyer's shopping list.
6.5
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala hits the big-car target with handsome lines, composed handling, and on-point connectivity.
7.2
The 2017 Hyundai Azera has near-luxury features and style, and a full-size back seat.
7.3
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is the wild child of the Nissan bunch. It looks the part, but don't be fooled: after first blush it acts more like a near-luxury cruiser.
7.8
The 2017 Toyota Avalon gives the full-size sedan a good name, with its exceptional space and style.
MSRP From     
$31,990$32,065$27,500$34,100$32,610$33,300
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
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Premium Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS3.3LS 3.5L *Ltd Avail*XLE (SE)
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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