2018 Kia Cadenza vs. Its Competition

2018 Kia Cadenza
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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.

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.

The Cadenza’s corporate cousin, the Hyundai Azera, has been dropped for the 2018 model year, but 2017 models still may be available.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish.
6.8
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
6.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala adds better base equipment this year for good value among full-sizers.
7.0
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.
7.2
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
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The 2017 Hyundai Azera has near-luxury features and style, and a full-size back seat.
MSRP From     
$32,290$29,565$27,895$33,420$33,500$34,100
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas I4Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
Premium Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LSS 3.5LXLE (SE)3.3L
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/ODAutomaticAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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