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2019 Kia Cadenza vs. 2020 Lexus IS 300 Review

New 2019 Kia Cadenza

2019 Kia
Cadenza

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New 2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Lexus
IS 300

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MSRP*
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$33,100 to $44,100
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$38,560 to $41,010
Invoice* $31,502 to $41,216 $35,861 to $38,139
MPG - City 20 18 - 21
MPG - Hwy 27 24 - 30
Engine(s) V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Cadenza than the Lexus IS 300. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Lexus IS 300, the Kia Cadenza may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Cadenza as you will with the Lexus IS 300, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Kia Cadenza or the Lexus IS 300, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Cadenza and the Lexus IS 300 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Cadenza is much wider than the Lexus IS 300, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Kia Cadenza, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Lexus IS 300.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Kia Cadenza and the Lexus IS 300 do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Kia Cadenza has a larger turning radius than the Lexus IS 300, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Cadenza is somewhat more powerful than the Lexus IS 300.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Cadenza and the Lexus IS 300. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Cadenza will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus IS 300.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Cadenza than that of the Lexus IS 300.