In the nineties, Kia was popular for its affordable small cars. However, in recent years, the brand’s lineup has grown to include more luxurious, larger options. The Kia Cadenza is a full-size sedan with refined features that can compete with more expensive luxury cars. The Cadenza offers a smooth engine, a comfortable cabin, standard driver safety technology and a great warranty. While some rivals may be more sporty to drive, few can match the Cadenza’s value.
The Kia Cadenza is a great choice for shoppers who want luxury, but don’t care about the image of owning premium brands. With its quiet ride and luxurious cabin amenities, it does a lot. Kia offers a rare 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain guarantee, which adds to the value proposition. There are better options, but the rear seat that doesn’t fold is a bit more practical. The Cadenza is an excellent value for money.
Pricing and Trims
There are two trim levels of the Cadenza: Technology and Limited.
The Technology trim is priced at around $38,000. The Technology trim features include 18-inch alloy wheels, fully-automatic LED headlights and power-folding heated sidemirrors. There are also puddle lights, power-folding heated side mirrors, power-folding heated rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, and a panoramic sliding moonroof. Safety technology standard includes forward-collision warn, navigation-based adaptive cruise controller, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and lane-keep assist.
The cabin features leather upholstery, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, 10-way power driver’s seat, and an 8-way passenger seat. There are also navigation, Bluetooth Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, eight speakers, proximity keyless access, four USB charging ports, two USB data ports, one-touch power windows, an auto-dimming backview mirror, and LED interior lighting.
The Limited has an MSRP around $46,000 and includes heated front seats and a Harman Kardon surround sound system. It also features a Harman Kardon power steering column, heated front seats and a 10-way power driver’s chair. Additional details include heated steering wheels, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats. Safety features include surround-view cameras, blind-spot cameras, reverse emergency brakes, and surround-view cameras.
Performance and Engine
The smooth, refined 3.3-liter V6 engine powers both trims. Cadenza’s engine is powerful enough to handle any driving situation, whether it be highway cruising or city commutes. It generates 290 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet torque. The Cadenza has an 8-speed automatic transmission and Sportmatic manual mode.
Fuel capacity is 18.5 gallons Standard equipment includes front-wheel drive. The EPA estimates fuel economy of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined.
The Cadenza interior is one of the best and most well-equipped available for its price. A spacious leather interior is available for around $38,000. It features a large panoramic sunroof, brushed metal accents, and a spacious leather seat. The interior space is vastly superior to that of other sedans. At 45.5 inches, the front legroom is exceptional. Rear legroom is average but better than some of its rivals.
The segment average cargo space is 16 cubic feet. However, this is a great deal compared to smaller sedans. The Cadenza’s rear seat cannot be folded down. Although it would be unusual for a car this price to be used for large hauling, other vehicles in the class offer this feature. Kia is credited with putting a small, pass-through door in the middle armrest. This makes it easy to transport long narrow items such as skis or wood boards.