2018 Kia Cadenza Vs. 2018 Lexus GS

2018 kia cadenza split screen with 2018 lexus gs 350

Having a reputation for luxury vehicles is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, your badge is associated with composed design, refined interior features and high performance. On the other hand, it’s easy to become complacent and allow unexpected competition to pull ahead in terms of luxury and value, tortoise and the hare style. Kia’s status as an unexpected contender in the luxury space has allowed their full-size Cadenza to become one of the most surprising vehicles on the market.

Today, we’re going to look at two vehicles in the luxury sedan class. The first – the 2018 Kia Cadenza, a vehicle crafted by a manufacturer heavily invested in what drivers are looking for in their cars. In the other corner, the Lexus GS, the product of a manufacturer with a long and storied history of building luxury vehicles. In this space, it’s important to pay close attention to elements like comfort, standard materials and high-value performance.

2018 Kia Cadenza


2018 Lexus GS 350

45.5 inches Front legroom 41 inches
8-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed automatic
Leather Seating material Plastic (leatherette)
23 miles per gallon ESP-estimated MPG (combined) 22 miles per gallon
19” alloy Wheels 18” alloy
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible No
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
$32,290 (Luxury) Base model MSRP $50,365 (Base)

Kia Cadenza Advantages Vs. Lexus GS

The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a surprising vehicle that has responded to the things most important to luxury sedan drivers with a stunning design, 290 horsepower of high-value performance and a supremely comfortable interior. The Cadenza enjoys plenty of advantages over the GS including massive interior space.

The Cadenza gives front-row drivers over 45 inches of legroom, while the GS 350 can only muster 41. Headroom is also an area where drivers will find the Cadenza to be the more comfortable of the two, with more than an inch more headroom than the GS 350.

It’s no doubt we sound like a broken record by now, but when you’re paying top dollar for a luxury sedan, you should be sitting on genuine leather. Lexus has other ideas, foregoing the most luxurious and comfortable interior materials for a plastic leatherette.

While we’re talking about paying top dollar for a luxury sedan, let’s talk about how you can put a down payment on a new home with the pricing difference between base models of the GS 350 and the Cadenza. For over $18,000 less than the GS 350, drivers can get the best performance, best comfort and best convenience features available.

Finally, luxury is all about comfort and true comfort is a result of peace of mind. The 2018 Kia Cadenza provides top-of-class peace of mind with its robust 5-year/60,000-mile warranty. This warranty handily beats that of the Lexus GS 350.

The 2018 Kia Cadenza gives drivers more – more comfort, more convenience and more performance. For more information on the 2018 Kia Cadenza, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!