Luxury never happens accidentally. In an automobile, even more so. Your vehicle, after all, is a balancing act between performance, comfort and practicality. To embody feelings like refinement and composure, you must focus and blend evocative design, extravagant finish and an affinity for cutting-edge technology. Because this combination is difficult to nail and changes with updated technology and automotive fashion, it costs something. Luxury automobiles aren’t for everybody, but for those drivers who appreciate meticulous design, style and elegance, they’re well worth it.
The Kia Cadenza is a luxurious full-size sedan that has given drivers the ability to experience what thoughtfulness, attention to detail and sophistication are like in an automobile. In its 2018 model, the Cadenza saw trim-level improvements that made its ride even finer. Today, we’re comparing it to Acura’s class-competitor, the TLX to see who provides the more spacious, elegant and refined ride.
2018 Kia Cadenza
2018 Acura TLX
|290 horsepower (3.3L V6)||Base model horsepower||206 horsepower (2.4L turbo 4)|
|112.4 inches||Wheelbase (longer is better)||109.3 inches|
|16 cubic feet||Trunk space||14.3 cubic feet|
|Leather||Standard seating material||Plastic (leatherette)|
|18-inch aluminum||Standard wheels||17-inch aluminum|
|Yes||Standard fog lights?||No|
|$32,290 (Premium) / $44,690 (Limited)||MSRP (base / top trim)||$33,000 (Base) / $44,800 (V6 A-Spec)|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
Luxury doesn’t belong to anyone. While there will always be shoppers who want a badge more than anything else, those really seeking the most comfortable and composed ride know that anybody can pick up the mantle. When comparing the 2018 Kia Cadenza to the 2018 Acura TLX, it becomes clear that the Cadenza is the superior of the two.
Comfort, performance and finish are all at their best in the 2018 Kia Cadenza which starts out at the base trim level, Premium, with a 3.3L V6 that handily outclasses the TLX’s 2.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
Although pricing remains similar as you move throughout the trim levels, the TLX falls short on several key luxury vehicle indicators. Seating material is the most pressing instance. Call us old-fashioned, but if you’re paying over $30,000 for a sedan, you should be sitting on leather, not plastic. Even the top trim level of the TLX which approaches $45,000 sees simulated suede and leather available for sitting – not ideal.
Friendly Kia has the 2018 Kia Cadenza and is the only Tampa Bay area Kia dealership recognized by Kia for outstanding customer satisfaction with membership into the Kia Presidents Club. Given only to 30 Kia dealerships across the United States, this prestigious award speaks for Friendly Kia’s focus on customer satisfaction and listening to drivers during every step of the car-shopping or automotive service process.
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