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Battle of the Brands: Kia vs Lexus

Kia vs Lexus Lineup Comparison 

Kia is continuing to expand its wheelhouse and has been adding luxury-inspired vehicles, like the Telluride, that have been giving luxury brands a run for their money. With the addition of more and more chiseled and sophisticated vehicles, the Lexus brand has become more of a competitor for the Kia brand. That’s why in this edition of Friendly Kia’s Battle of the Brands we are putting Kia and Lexus up against one another to see how the two will battle it out.  

We are going to break down what these two vehicle brands look like on paper to show you why so many shoppers continue to opt for the Kia brand.  

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Kia vs Lexus 

Kia has long been known for its affordability and dependability on the road. The Kia brand has been making vehicles that appeal to the masses since the very beginning and its affordable starting prices across the board have kept it at the top of the market. With the addition of new vehicles like the luxury-inspired Telluride and the adventure-set Seltos, Kia has gained even more popularity over the last couple of years.  

As Kia adds more and more vehicles to its lineup, its list of competitors continues to grow. The luxurious Telluride has been a major comparison point between the Kia brand and the Lexus brand. This addition, along with other luxury-inspired Kia models like the Cadenza, has put Kia and Lexus head-to-head among shoppers.  

Let’s take a look below at how the specifics between the Kia and Lexus brands break down on paper.  

 Kia  Lexus 
Number of cars in lineup  6 – Rio, Forte, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Rio 5-door  5 – IS, ES, GS, LS, RC 
Number of SUV/crossover/vans in lineup  6 – Soul, Seltos, Sportage, Sorento, Telluride, Sedona  5 – UX, NX, RX, GX, LX 
Number of performance vehicles in lineup 1 – Stinger 3 – RC F, GS F, LC 
Number of hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles in lineup  5 – Niro, Optima Hybrid, Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Optima Plug-In Hybrid, Niro EV  6 – ES Hybrid, LS Hybrid, LC Hybrid, UX Hybrid, NX Hybrid, RX Hybrid 
Lowest Starting MSRP/Highest Starting MSRP (base model) $15,850 (Kia Rio)/$59,900(Kia K900) $32,300 (Lexus UX)/$97,510 (Lexus LC Hybrid) 
Number of IIHS Top Safety Pick/Top Safety Pick+ 2020 winners  6  
Engine/Powertrain Warranty  10 years/100,000 miles  6 years/70,000 miles 
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty  5 years/60,000 miles  4 years/50,000 miles 
Roadside Assistance Warranty  5 years/60,000 miles  4 years 
Red 2020 Kia Niro
Black 2020 Kia Cadenza
Side view of yellow 2021 Kia Seltos
Blue 2020 Kia Forte

Kia Keeps Style and Performance Affordable 

The Kia brand favors affordability and reliability when crafting vehicles but keeps every model stylish and backed by a performance that is built to last. Meanwhile, Lexus vehicles tend to start off at skyrocketed prices, making even base models a stretch for most shoppers’ wallets. The Kia brand’s dedication to stylish designs, high-tech features, and an affordable price tag is admired by many and doesn’t go unnoticed. This combination delivered by Kia helps keep the brand’s vehicles consistently at the top of the market.  

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Check out how specific Kia and Lexus vehicles compare on our Kia vs Lexus comparison portal page. You can head over to our online inventory to view our entire lineup of in-stock Kia models available right now at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey and the Tampa Bay area.