2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Kia Cadenza

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Cadenza’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Compared to metal, the Accord’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Cadenza has a metal gas tank.

Both the Accord and the Cadenza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cadenza has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are over 39 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.

Engine

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The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Accord 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Kia Cadenza (automatics tested):

Accord

Cadenza

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.3 MPH

95.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Accord

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Sport/Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

Sport/Touring 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Cadenza

Auto

3.3 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Accord higher (6 to 7 out of 10) than the Kia Cadenza (3). This means the Accord produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cadenza every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Accord offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Accord 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Cadenza.

The Accord has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Accord stops much shorter than the Cadenza:

Accord

Cadenza

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Cadenza’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Accord’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cadenza doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Touring handles at .89 G’s, while the Cadenza Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Cadenza Limited (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Kia Cadenza.

The Accord is 4.5 inches shorter than the Cadenza, making the Accord easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cadenza doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Accord uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cadenza doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Accord has 1 inch more front headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the Cadenza.

Cargo Capacity

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The Accord has a larger trunk than the Cadenza (16.7 vs. 16 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Accord easier. The Accord’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Cadenza’s liftover is 29.6 inches.

The Accord’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Cadenza doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Cadenza’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Towing

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The Accord 2.0L Turbo offers up to a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Cadenza has no towing capacity.

The Accord with a manual transmission can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Accord can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Cadenza can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Accord 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. The driver of the Cadenza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Cadenza’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Accord owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Accord will cost $135 to $3845 less than the Cadenza over a five-year period.

The Accord will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Accord will retain 41.37% to 47.34% of its original price after five years, while the Cadenza only retains 30.95% to 34.32%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord is less expensive to operate than the Cadenza because it costs $463 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord than the Cadenza, including $411 less for a muffler and $120 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord will be $15052 to $15910 less than for the Kia Cadenza.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Accord and the Kia Cadenza, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Cadenza isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2020 and 24 of the last 26 years. The Cadenza has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Honda Accord outsold the Kia Cadenza by over 164 to one during 2019.

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