2019 Kia Cadenza vs 2019 Ford Taurus


For many potential car owners, the 2019 Kia Cadenza might just be another new car brand trying to make a mark in the market against the likes of the 2019 Ford Taurus. This Korean brand has however been busy maturing its collection of cars in an effort to keep up with the leading luxury brands. For drivers that are looking to buy a sedan that has many standard features, an upscaled cabin, and excellent safety features, the Kia is the go-to model. Since people have different preferences, we will put up the Kia against the 2019 Ford Taurus, a comfortable vehicle that is spacious in the trunk and affordable;


The Cadenza is a car you drive around town when you need to make a statement. It comes from the manufacturer fitted with a standard driver display that makes the driver aware of their speed, plus other controls. So direct is this display to the driver's line of sight that they do not need to divert focus from the road to know what is happening at the controls. The 2019 Ford Taurus does not offer a display for the important controls.

With power windows on the driver's and front passenger sides, driving a Cadenza means that you can open and close either of these windows fully with a single touch of a switch. This is what you need to be able to do when you need to roll your windows up and down at a toll-booth, drive through take out and if speaking to someone on the outside without leaving the car. This automatic open and shut for the passenger window is not offered by the Taurus.



Quite convenient when it is time to fuel, the Cadenza offers a lock system that allows the driver to open and lock the fuel tank door remotely. This locking fuel door design helps to guard against fuel theft and evaporation. The locking fuel door is not offered on the Taurus.

A lot of people do not like driving in the dark but it must happen sometimes due to special circumstances. One of the key elements required for safe night travel is a pair of powerful headlights. The only way to know if your set is suitable is to have them tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Cadenza's headlights are rated as "Acceptable" because they do not exceed the recommended glare levels for oncoming drivers while the Taurus' has been rated as "Poor."

When backing up a car, you want your rear view mirrors to tilt in such a way that you have a maximum view of your driving range. This happens in the Cadenza such that in reverse, both rearview mirrors will tilt away from their original position. The mirrors of the Taurus have to be adjusted manually to allow improved viewing when backing out.


Designed to use a little amount of fuel for great results, expect the 2019 Cadenza to achieve 20 city and 27 highway mpg against 18 city and 26 highway mpg for the Taurus. Further saving on fuel is achieved when buying fuel; the Cadenza runs on regular unleaded gasoline which is much cheaper than the premium petrol used by the Taurus.



With an eight-speed automatic transmission, expect high acceleration capability for the 2019 Kia Cadenza. Running on a six-speed transmission the Taurus is also a flash ride but not in the presence of the Kia.


Emergency brakes are engaged manually on most cars but not on the Kia Cadenza. Through the use of forward-facing impact sensors, the emergency braking system is supposed to warn the driver of an impending head-on collision. If the alarm goes off but there is no response from the driver, the system is designed to trigger an automatic full-force brake. This is supposed to totally avoid a collision or reduce the impact if a crash were to happen. Although the Taurus has collision detection and warning system, it does not offer automatic braking.



The surround view monitor on the Cadenza allows the driver to see all the corners of the vehicle and therefore identify objects that are not supposed to be there. The Taurus has the standard side and rear view mirrors in addition to rear parking sensors that will beep when there is an obstacle. This system does not give the driver eyes on the sides of the car.

Both the 2019 Kia Cadenza and 2019 Ford Taurus offer standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, blind spot warning systems, front wheel drive and rear cross-path warning.



The Verdict

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has established that the Cadenza is the safer option when tested alongside the Taurus. This is the car choice to make if your interest is in a vehicle that makes you feel safe on the road.