2019 Kia Cadenza vs Nissan Maxima

2019 Kia Cadenza Gateway Warrington PA

Off the start, the Kia Cadenza takes the lead in driver and passenger comfort. Kia designed the Cadenza with more rear head and legroom than the Maxima. Backseat passengers can now stretch out and relax more in the Kia Cadenza than the Nissan Maxima. As far as headroom and legroom in the front seats, both manufacturers are closely matched. In fact, there’s about a half-inch difference between the Kia Cadenza and the Nissan Maxima in the front seats.

As for fuel mileage and overall power, you'll be passing by the same amount of gas stations with the Kia Cadenza as you will with the Nissan Maxima. Both vehicles offer engine options that get similar miles per tank of gas. The Maxima has a slightly better MPG, but its tank is slightly smaller, so the balance between the two is related to vehicle fuel capacity.

2019 Kia Cadenza


2019 Nissan Maxima


Fuel Economy (combined) 25

3.3-liter V6

Engine 3.5-liter V6

290 hp @ 6400 rpm


300 hp @ 6400 rpm

Front wheel drive

Drive type

Front wheel drive


Ventilated & Heated Front Seats


16.0 cu.ft.

Cargo capacity

14.3 cu.ft.

2019 Cadenza advantages over the Nissan Maxima

When comparing exterior dimensions, the Kia Cadenza has a slightly larger width dimension than the Nissan Maxima, but only by an inch or two. Likewise, the overall length of the Kia Cadenza extends an inch or two farther than the Maxima, so there’s no additional space needed in your garage than a Nissan Maxima.

One of the areas needing a little work is Kia’s drivetrain. The Cadenza has lower torque, so the task of transferring power to the front-wheel drive is not as exciting as the Nissan Maxima. That seems to be more noticeable in the Kia Cadenza than other cars because it has less horsepower than the Nissan Maxima.

Lastly, we compared utility. In terms of people capacity, you'll be able to seat the same number of people in both the Kia Cadenza and the Nissan Maxima. However, the people in the Cadenza will be more comfortable because of its room to stretch out. And, if you’re traveling with the family or shopping, the Kia Cadenza has a spacious cargo area for carrying your bags and other items than that of the Nissan Maxima.

So, if you're in the market for a luxury sedan, the 2019 Kia Cadenza is unquestionably worth a test drive. Come over to Gateway Kia in Warrington, PA and compare for yourself. Stop in or schedule a test drive with our staff today!


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