Full-size cars are perfect for drivers who appreciate the finer things in life, but aren’t comfortable with the extravagance and opulence of a luxury sedan. These vehicles provide several standard luxury tech features, a comfortable interior with plenty of headroom and legroom and a strong powertrain that allows quick acceleration and composed passing. The exterior styling is just as important for vehicles in this class, as drivers expect a sophisticated and mature exterior to complement the subtle and nuanced nature of the vehicle’s power-delivery system.
The Kia Cadenza is such a vehicle. Slotting in beneath the luxury sedan K900 on Kia’s lineup, the Cadenza provides plenty of refinement and polish without the feeling of decadence that usually accompanies car with the luxury title distinction. For decades, Buick was the mile-marker for American luxury vehicles. In recent decades, that reputation has grown a bit stale and GMC’s push to reclaim it has led them to release vehicles like the 2018 LaCrosse against which we compare the Cadenza today.
2018 Kia Cadenza
2018 Buick LaCrosse
|290 horsepower (3.3L V6)||Base model horsepower||194 horsepower (2.5L i4)|
|8-speed automatic with Sportmatic®||Transmission||6-speed automatic|
|45.5 inches||Front legroom||42 inches|
|40.2 inches||Front headroom||38.4 inches|
|16.0 cubic feet||Trunk space||14.3 cubic feet|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick designation?||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
With plenty of awards, including Best Large Car for Families and a coveted Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is a brilliant and surprising full-size car from Kia.
On every metric which could be considered a mark of elegance or luxury, the 2018 Kia Cadenza handily beats the 2018 Buick LaCrosse. Interior comfort is at a premium in the Cadenza, which gives drivers and front-row passengers over three inches of increased legroom and nearly two extra inches of headroom.
Although the LaCrosse is a larger car, it doesn’t utilize the space well, also failing to provide a more robust cargo area than the 2018 Kia Cadenza.
As with any Kia vehicle, the warranty is one of the most luxurious features included, ensuring 5 years or 60,000 miles of worry-free driving for Kia Cadenza owners over the LaCrosse’s good, but not great, 4 years and 50,000 miles.
Another way to enjoy the luxury of worry-free driving is to buy your Kia Cadenza from Friendly Kia in New Port Richey. Friendly Kia is the top-rated Tampa Bay Kia dealership with the largest inventory of new and used Kia models and the lowest prices.
Our focus on customer satisfaction has been formally recognized by Kia with our acceptance into the 2018 Kia Presidents Club. This award, given only to the top 30 Kia dealerships in the United States, recognized our impressive record of customer satisfaction as well as our sales.
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