Comparison - Acura RLX Sport Hybrid 2018 - vs - Kia Cadenza Premium 2018

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
61,900
Updated: 
05 Jun 2018
32,290
Updated: 
09 Jun 2018
Car Type: 
Car
Car
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2018
2018
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
7-speed Automatic
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.10gals
18.50gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Platinum White Pearl
#D4D4D2
Lunar Silver Metallic
#7E828A
Modern Steel Metallic
#424346
Fathom Blue Pearl
#0D3360
Gilded Pewter Metallic
#554C44
Majestic Black Pearl
#161415
Brilliant Red Metallic
#890C1D

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

It may not have the bulletproof branding of some competitors, but the RLX is not without charms. Its old beak grille has finally been replaced by a prettier pentagonal nose, and a sharp 10-speed automatic now pairs to the standard 310-hp V-6 engine. Our choice is the Sport Hybrid, which uses a 377-hp powertrain derived from the one used in the NSX and has Acura’s SH-AWD system to aid handling. We like driving the RLX, but the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still stings.

Pros
Strong performance,
comfortable seats,
standard driver aids,
high value.

Cons
Invisible styling,
slow navigation system,
complex two-screen infotainment interface,
subpar paint quality.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2018 Acura RLX ranked #9 in Luxury Large Cars. Currently the Acura RLX has a score of 7.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Comfortable, spacious seats
Refined, fuel-efficient powertrains
Lots of standard safety features

Cons
Small trunk and no folding rear seats
Unexciting handling and firm ride
Dull interior styling

By: 
usnews.com

The Acura RLX receives a variety of updates for 2018. They include new front-end styling, new front seats, an upgraded suite of driver safety aids, a retuned suspension, a new 10-speed transmission for the front-wheel-drive trim (called P-AWS), and a slightly smaller battery in the Sport Hybrid. Acura has simplified the RLX's trim levels as well.

PROS
Sport Hybrid model offers fast, fuel-efficient acceleration
Long list of standard safety and convenience features
Spacious cabin and seating, especially for rear passengers

CONS
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available
Steering feels disconnected from the road
Interior design looks dated
Dual-screen infotainment system isn't intuitive to use

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish.

Pros
Premium cabin
Quiet, hushed driving
Lots of storage space
Big back seat
Simple infotainment system

Cons
Evolutionary styling
Middling gas mileage
Rivals have sharper handling
Base model lacks safety tech

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2018 Kia Cadenza ranked #3 in Large Cars. Currently the Kia Cadenza has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Upscale cabin
Lots of features

Cons
Touch screen unresponsive at times
Below-average trunk space

By: 
usnews.com

For 2018, the Cadenza is essentially unchanged. There's only a minor rejiggering of feature content: Namely, the Luxury package now includes a panoramic sunroof and interior LED lighting.

PROS
Well-equipped for the price, especially in the base Premium trim
Vast amount of legroom allows all passengers to stretch out
Generous warranty coverage
Lots of available advanced safety features

CONS
From acceleration to handling, the Cadenza isn't much fun to drive
Trunk is smaller than rivals, and rear seats don't fold down
The ride isn't as composed as in segment leaders
Headroom is a bit tight for tall occupants (especially with sunroof)

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
28.00mpg
20.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
29.00mpg
28.00mpg
Engine type: 
Hybrid
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
24
Cylinders: 
6
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.50L
3.30L
Torque: 
341ft-lbs
at 4 700rpm
253ft-lbs
at 5 200rpm
Horsepower: 
377hp
at 6 500rpm
290hp
at 6 400rpm
Cam Type: 
Single overhead cam (SOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
40.50Feet
37.20Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
yes
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Keyless Ignition
Sun Sensor
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
197.80in
195.70in
Width: 
74.40in
73.60in
Height: 
57.70in
57.90in
Ground Clearance: 
4.50in
Wheel Base: 
112.20in
112.40in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
37.60
40.20
Rear Head Room: 
36.90
37.90
Front Leg Room: 
42.30in
45.50in
Rear leg room: 
38.80in
37.20in
Front Hip Room: 
55.90in
56.30in
Front Shoulder Room: 
59.60in
58.30in
Rear Hip Room: 
54.50in
56.50in
Rear Shoulder room: 
57.00in
56.50in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
12.00cu.ft
16.00cu.ft
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
12.00cu.ft
16.00cu.ft
Curb Weight: 
4380.00lbs
3633.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
Hands-Free Entry
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
no
Front Seats Features: 
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Premium Leather
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Leather
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Rear Seats Features: 
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Folding Center Armrest
Multi-Level Heating
Folding With Pass-Thru Center Armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Krell Premium Brand Speakers
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
14 Total Speakers
1 Subwoofer(S)
USB Connection
8 Total Speakers
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
Satellite Radio Satellite Radio
USB Connection

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
19 X 8.0
18 X 7.5 In.
Wheels more: 
All Season Tires
Painted Alloy Wheels
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
40
Diameter: 
R19
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45
Diameter: 
R18

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated front disc brakes
Ventilated Front Disc
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
solid rear disc brakes
Solid Rear Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
LED Headlamp
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Turn Signal Mirrors
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Self-Leveling Headlights
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System

Options

Packages: 
Luxury Package
Exterior Options: 
Panoramic Sunroof W/Power Shade
Bumper Applique
Wheel Locks
Paint Protection Package
Interior Options: 
Cargo Net
Cargo Tray
Cargo Mat
Carpeted Floor Mats

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Ebony
#515050
Graystone
#7F7F7F
Seacoast
#BEB599
Espresso
#3F241C