2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Kia Cadenza

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Safety

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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.

Compared to metal, the Camry’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 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, 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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” 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 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 63 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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Kia is ranked 9th.

Engine

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The Camry’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 Toyota 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

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry XLE V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza (22 city/33 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry TRD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Cadenza:

Camry TRD

Cadenza

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

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

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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

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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 4.6 inches shorter than the Cadenza, making the Camry easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .4 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the Cadenza.

Cargo Capacity

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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 29.6 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

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional 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.

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 standard 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. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Cadenza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $1430 less than the Cadenza over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% 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 Camry is less expensive to operate than the Cadenza because it costs $99 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Cadenza, including $477 less for a muffler.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $16006 to $17155 less than for the Kia Cadenza.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry 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 Toyota Camry outsold the Kia Cadenza by almost 207 to one during 2019.

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