Large luxury sedans are some of the best cars you can own. They’re extremely comfortable, have powerful engines and drive like a dream. The Lexus LS 460 is a car that has everything a luxury sedan shopper is looking for -- roominess, high-quality interior materials, well-tuned suspension and plenty of power -- and while its price tag isn’t completely outrageous when compared to some premium German brands, it’s still a hefty one, especially once you start adding options.

Luckily, there’s an alternative, the Kia K900 in the Luxury trim level with the V6 engine. We know Kia is probably the last brand you’d turn to when looking for a luxury car, but the K900 is worth more than a look. It’s got all the goods a large luxury sedan needs to have, and the price tag is a lot lower, $17,620 lower to be exact. With the money you save, you could buy another Kia, like the Forte or Soul. Take a look a closer look at these two cars and you’ll see that the Kia certainly doesn’t come up short.

Lexus LS 460

Lexus LS 460

The best word to describe the Lexus LS 460 is wonderful. The car is simply wonderful. It has a large V8 pumping power to the rear wheels and features an impeccable design and attractive styling in a luxurious package that just so happens to be reasonably (at least for a large luxury sedan) affordable. Not a fan of rear wheel drive? Don’t worry. Lexus also provides an all-wheel drive option for an additional $2,945. Yes, the Kia K900 is more affordable and provides amazing value for the money, but that fact doesn’t make the Lexus a bad car. For some people, it’s the right car, the perfect car. If you crave naturally aspirated V8 power with Toyota reliability and a roomy, luxurious interior, the LS 460 is a solid choice.

  • Price: $72,520
  • Engine: 4.6-liter V8
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Curb Weight: 4,233 lbs
  • Performance: 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque
  • Cargo Room: 13.9 cubic feet
  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city / 24 mpg highway
  • Great Standard Features: Power door closers, 12.3-inch display, parking sensors and rearview camera, power moonroof, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and much more.
  • Notable Available Options: 19-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound audio system, adaptive variable air suspension, leather and Alcantara interior materials, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian-detection and pre-collision system.

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Kia K900 V6 Luxury

Kia K900

When most people think rear-wheel drive luxury sedans, they don’t typically think of Kia, but the K900 is a true luxury car through and through. It’s spacious, comfortable, powerful and offers a cushy, upscale driving experience. The fit and finish of the interior is excellent and interior materials are up there with the top sellers like Lexus and Mercedes. The K900 is a steal for about $55K; deck it out completely and you're still about $11K below the Lexus LS 460's starting price. You’ll miss out on some of the prestige that comes with a Lexus badge, and the LS 460 has a bit more horsepower due to its extra two cylinders, but if that really bothers you, upgrade to the 5.0-liter V8 K900 and you get a car with some serious power (420 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque). Even with the V6, the K900 is impressive and a couple hundred pounds lighter, meaning it’ll likely be a little happier in the turns than the V8 model.

  • Price: $54,900 (for Luxury trim level)
  • Engine: 3.8-liter V6
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Curb Weight: 4,297 lbs
  • Performance: 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque
  • Cargo Room: 15.9
  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city / 26 mpg highway
  • Great Standard Features: 17-speaker Lexicon surround sound system, voice-command navigation, parking assist system, front and rear camera display, Bluetooth connectivity, power trunk, three-zone climate control and much more.
  • Notable Available Options: Surround view monitor, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, advanced smart cruise control, autonomous emergency braking.

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