Flagship sedans are where automotive manufacturers get to show off their best technology, performance and comfort. As a step below luxury sedans, these vehicles provide the classy looks and convenience of luxury sedans without wading into the pricing territory for which the luxury class is infamous. As a standout model in this class, the 2018 Kia Cadenza offers drivers refinement, comfort and a quiet ride that betrays the powerful engine working under the hood.
Today, we’re matching up the 2018 Kia Cadenza to an unlikely competitor from Honda. Honda’s flagship, the Accord, has been with us for decades. Although its lower trim levels compete with Kia vehicles like the base Optima or featured Forte, its higher trim levels like the Touring wade into entry-luxury territory. Let’s see how Honda’s all-new 2018 Accord does against Kia’s full-size stunner.
2018 Kia Cadenza
2018 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T
|290 horsepower||Horsepower||252 horsepower|
|112.4 inches||Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride)||111.4 inches|
|18.6 feet (better)||Agility (turning radius)||19.7 feet|
|45.5 inches||Front-row legroom||42.3 inches|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick Award?||Yes|
|Yes – four years running||J.D. Power Mass-Market Initial Quality Study winner?||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|$28,445 – Best Friendly Kia VIP Pricing*||Starts at||$35,800|
The Cadenza delivers more than just a mid-size sedan. It’s a flagship car with plenty of room and interior refinement to make driving anywhere an occasion. Despite having a longer and more comfortable wheelbase, the 2018 Kia Cadenza doesn’t sacrifice its agility, turning in a sharper circle than the 2018 Honda Accord.
With more power available at the press of a pedal, you’ll find acceleration to be spirited and instantaneous. The lower power of the Accord is only part of the story as the Accord foregoes a V6 like the Cadenza for a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, meaning you’ll experience a bit of turbo lag.
Finally, results don’t lie and the Kia Cadenza has some amazing wins under its belt. Beyond simply being a safety winner from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2018 Kia Cadenza is produced by the winners of the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study top mass-market awards, meaning it’s as dependable as it is safe.
At Friendly Kia, we have the Cadenza. See for yourself why you deserve to spend less on a more luxurious car. Contact us today to schedule a test drive!
*Best Friendly Kia VIP Pricing is as of the date of page publication and not the date of access. All pricing is at the final discretion of Friendly Kia staff and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia or visit the inventory page.