2018 Kia Cadenza vs 2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Cadenza vs 2018 Kia Optima

It’s easy to fall in love with the look and driving style of Kia models, but how do you decide which one is for you? The lineup has not one, not two, but five current sedans from which to choose. How do you decide? If you’re considering the differences between the 2018 Kia Cadenza vs 2018 Kia Optima, you’ve come to the right place.

The first thing you’ll notice between these models is the price difference. With both vehicles falling into the mid-size sedan category, you may simply be wondering if it makes sense to scale back to the Optima, or even choose a top trim level.

2018 Kia Cadenza


2018 Kia Optima

$32,290 Starting MSRP $22,600
20 city/28 hwy Fuel Economy 25 city/36 hwy
290hp/253 lb-ft of torque Performance 185hp/178 lb-ft of torque
107.8 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 104.8 cu. ft.

Power vs efficiency in the Optima vs Cadenza

As you can see in the table above, the key differences between the two models are going to center on power and efficiency. While the 2018 Kia Cadenza doesn’t earn the same fantastic EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings that the 2018 Kia Optima earns, this is because the model has a much more potent engine. Under the hood of the 2018 Kia Cadenza is a 3.3-liter V6 engine, compared to a 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder in the 2018 Kia Optima.

Performance and fuel efficiency aside, there are plenty of other differences to spot between the Cadenza and the Optima. Despite being in the same mid-size segment, the Cadenza is slightly roomier with 107.8 cubic feet of interior space and a 16 cubic foot trunk. This isn’t to say the Optima is far behind with its 104.8 cubic feet of interior space and 15.9 cubic foot trunk, but it is another factor to consider.

What about features? Naturally, the 2018 Kia Cadenza has a few more. Things it offers on the base model that are not on the base trim of the Optima include fog lamps, heated front seats dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and more.

The best way to decide between two models, especially of the same brand, is to take a test drive. Stop by our dealership here at Fort Wayne Kia to see both models for yourself.