2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Kia Cadenza

Blue 2018 Nissan Altima on the left and gray 2018 Kia Cadenza on the right

Those who shop for full-size sedans have higher hopes than just more leg room. These models tend to offer an engaging appearance, more robust engine options and a host of valuable features. For that executive feel, without breaking the bank, two models stand out. Looking at the 2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Kia Cadenza, it’s clear that both brands have come a long way in earning consumer trust and providing appealing and stylish sedans. Which one is a better selection?

There are typically a few key things that shoppers consider when comparing vehicles: Price, fuel economy and performance. Though the 2018 Nissan Maxima is slightly more expensive, coming with a starting MSRP of $33,020 compared to $31,990. Then again, the model also has a host of features not available for the base trim Cadenza, and has better fuel economy.

2018 Nissan Maxima


2017 Kia Cadenza

21 city/30 highway Fuel Economy 20 city/28 highway
3.5-liter V6 Engine 3.3-liter V6
300hp/261 pound-feet of torque Performance 290hp/253 pound-feet of torque
Standard Forward Collision Warning Available

Features and performance of the 2018 Nissan Maxima

Normally when we see that a model has better fuel economy, it can be predicted that the vehicle will have less power. You may be surprised to find this isn’t the case for the 2018 Nissan Maxima. This is partially because of the advanced engineering of the Nissan Xtronic CVT, which is more efficient than the eight-speed automatic found in the Kia Cadenza. Pair this CVT with a bigger, bolder engine and the 2018 Nissan Maxima provides the perfect blend of efficiency and power.

What about standard features? The 2018 Nissan Maxima doesn’t disappoint, as its highlights include a seven-inch Drive-Assist Display, eight-inch multi-touch monitor, built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a rearview monitor, dual-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition, remote engine start, power windows and locks and intelligent forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Though the Kia Cadenza shares many of these features, including its own UVO seven-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it lack other convenient features. Forward Collision Warning with autonomous emergency braking aren’t available on the base trim, nor is remote engine start available at any trim level.

Considering the 2018 Nissan Maxima, but not quite convinced it’s the right choice for you? Stop by Glendale Nissan to find out how it rides when you take a test drive.

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