2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Kia Cadenza

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Cadenza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Cadenza doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Camry and the Cadenza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cadenza is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

The Camry’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Cadenza runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cadenza.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry’s reliability 47 points higher than the Cadenza.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Engine

The Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 11 more horsepower (301 vs. 290) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Camry V6 is faster than the Kia Cadenza:

 

Camry

Cadenza

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

95.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza:

 

 

Camry

Cadenza

 

FWD

L 2.5 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

Brakes and Stopping

The Camry stops shorter than the Cadenza:

 

Camry

Cadenza

 

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Camry XSE handles at .82 G’s, while the Cadenza Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cadenza Limited (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Kia Cadenza.

The Camry L/LE/XLE is 3.6 inches shorter than the Cadenza, making the Camry easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Camry has .1 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the Cadenza.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Cadenza’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

The Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Cadenza doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

The Camry offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cadenza’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Cadenza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Cadenza’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Cadenza’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Cadenza because it costs $108 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Cadenza, including $495 less for a muffler.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Camry

Cadenza

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Toyota Camry outsold the Kia Cadenza by over 76 to one during 2018.

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