2018 Kia Cadenza Limited Vs. 2018 Lexus LS

2018 kia cadenza split screen with 2018 lexus ls 500

Luxury full-size sedans allow drivers and passengers both to enjoy life in the lap of luxury. These vehicles are stuffed with extravagance – from the materials used to the technology included to the power under the hood. They allow drivers to experience the lack of compromise that only first-class automotive engineering can afford. Often designed with as much thought paid to the concept of owner passengers as owner drivers, it’s a first-class ride all the way.

The 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited wraps Kia reliability and technology in a luxurious package that exudes comfort, convenience and sophistication. Today, we’re matching up the top trim level Cadenza with Lexus’ top-line LS 500. What may seem like an easy victory is actually a very close race with some surprising results. For this comparison, pay close attention to the comfort features, convenience features and luxury value offered by each.

2018 Kia Cadenza Limited


2018 Lexus LS 500

45.5/38.5 inches Front legroom/headroom 41/37.3 inches
37.6 inches Rear headroom 37.3 inches
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible? No
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper warranty 4 years/50,000 miles
$44,690 MSRP $75,000

Kia Cadenza Advantages Vs. Lexus LS 500

One thing Kia does well is pay attention. Kia has spent their lifetime building a reputation for quality engineering and high-value specs and features. In the midst of this focus on quality, they’ve been able to create vehicles with some of the most alluring design and captivating performance in the modern automotive landscape.

This unique approach has led to some unexpected but delightfully surprising models like the Cadenza, which seems to pull ahead of Lexus’ top offering – the LS. Without the hefty “badge tax” like the one you pay for in the LS, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is able to put all of its effort into offering a luxurious and decadently-composed full-size sedan at nearly half the price of the LS.

Step inside and you’ll see that the Cadenza is no step down. Luxurious quilted Nappa leather adorns front and rear seats, which give drivers an extra 4 inches of legroom over the LS and over an inch of headroom.

Standard heated leather steering wheel and heated and cooled leather seats ensure your luxury is never dampened by the temperature. Entertainment is also superior in the 2018 Kia Cadenza with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility that’s not available at any trim level in the LS.

Finally, the 2018 Cadenza includes a bumper-to-bumper warranty that’s better than that of the LS by a year and 10,000 miles. The powertrain warranty sees a similar advantage for the Cadenza, giving drivers 10 years/100,000 miles of protection vs. 6 years/70,000 miles in the LS.

The 2018 Kia Cadenza punches way above its weight. If you’re looking for more information on this compelling full-size sedan, or would like to schedule a test drive, contact us today!