Kia continues to redefine the meaning of "near luxury," and the Cadenza is another solid example of its success. It not only represents a solid value but also provides plenty of features throughout its model range. Inside its well-built cabin is room for four adults to stretch out in comfort, and the luxe features only get better the further up its range you climb. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard features, and highly sought-after driver-assistance tech—automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and more—is provided as standard on the midrange Technology trim and the top-spec Limited. That the Cadenza wears a handsome and upscale design is icing on the automotive cake.
What's New for ?
Kia has made blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and power-folding side mirrors all standard on the Cadenza Premium. The rest of the equipment that was part of last year's Luxury package on the Cadenza Premium (auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, in-dash navigation, Harman/Kardon premium audio, an inch infotainment screen, and more) is now moved up to be standard equipment on the midrange Technology model.
Kia Cadenza Pricing and Which One to Buy
We recommend the midrange Technology trim as it calls up many modern and luxury items that attract buyers in this segment, including a panoramic sunroof, an inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, a speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, and proximity-approach lighting. All of the Cadenza's driver-assistance technologies also come as standard on this midrange trim and on the top-spec Limited model.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Likes: Velvety-smooth engine, plenty powerful enough for its mission, agreeable ride quality.
Dislikes: Other full-size sedans are quicker, enthusiast drivers won't be satisfied.
While not as quick as its rivals, the Cadenza's V-6 engine is extremely refined and competent. The transmission could be more civilized, but the Smart driving mode makes the most of the powertrain's capabilities. The Cadenza's V-6 makes horsepower and while the engine itself is a smooth operator, initial throttle response is sleepy. This makes the Cadenza easy to drive around town without disturbing your passengers, but it required a heavy foot for more immediate zip at stoplights.
At our test track, the Limited model that we tested snapped off a second zero-tomph run, which isn't exactly slow, but the Buick LaCrosse we tested managed an even quicker second result. The Cadenza's suspension soaks up bumps admirably and manages to keep body motions in check. The Cadenza's steering is light to the touch; comfort is prioritized over sportiness here, but it's still a competent handler.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Based on EPA estimates, the Cadenza's fuel economy lags behind rivals such as the LaCrosse, the Toyota Avalon, and the Nissan Maxima. In our own testing, however, we found the Cadenza to be fuel efficient, delivering 31 mpg on our mile real-world highway fuel-economy test route despite its EPA rating of 27 mpg.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Likes: Well-appointed cabin, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, useful trunk space.
Dislikes: Rear seats don't fold, cubby storage bins are on the small side, weak optional ventilated seats.
The Cadenza's classy, well-built cabin provides the same luxuries as its rivals and then some. Outward visibility is good, too. A high-quality, elegant interior pulls cues from class-above manufacturers. A base or optional inch infotainment touchscreen is set above a control panel; Technology and Limited models have a second inch display located between two gauges and provides trip information to the driver. The leather-trimmed seats, with beautiful quilted panels in our Limited test car, were highly supportive. The optional ventilated front seats were so weak that we often couldn't tell whether they were cooling our hindquarters.
Base Cadenzas, oddly known as the Premium trim level, have a inch UVO infotainment touchscreen; Technology and Limited trims have an inch display. The UVO infotainment icons could be bigger for ease of use while driving. Kia's decision to include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard across the range was a smart one, as both add familiar functionality to the system. All models have UVO eServices, an onboard telematics system that can diagnose a mechanical problem, alert the driver when vehicle maintenance is required, and call for help in the event of an accident.
We fit six carry-on suitcases in the Cadenza's trunk, which matches up with the competition. Kia fixed the rear seatbacks in an effort to enhance structural stiffness, so the second row only has a center pass-through for increased storage. The Maxima, with its foldable second row, is the ideal airport runner.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Cadenza has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it fared well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's testing. The Cadenza's driver-assistance technology is comprehensive, and it is standard starting on the mid-level Technology trim, with simpler features, such as blind-spot monitoring, offered on the base Premium model. Key safety features include:
- Available automated emergency braking
- Available lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
When it comes to warranties, few manufacturers can compete with Kia (and its sister company, Hyundai). Five years of roadside assistance is better than average, but Cadenza buyers will have to fend for themselves when it comes to maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60, miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or , miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
Kia Cadenza Features
The Cadenza is offered in three trims – Premium, Technology and Limited. All trims are powered by the same engine and are also mated to the same gearbox. Each trim just builds on top of the other with more features and if you think that the base trim is out of the question, then you're highly mistaken. The Kia Cadenza flaunts one of the best-loaded base trims in a lineup. Come to the top trim and you'll be surprised with all the goodies. It is really luxurious and with some class-leading features, it also challenges the more premium and expensive European cars.
18" Alloy wheels
19" Alloy Wheels
19" Alloy wheels
Smart Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go
Power-folding side mirrors
LED Headlights and LED Fog Lights
Automatic high beams
Navigation and smartphone integration
Navigation and Harman/Kardon Premium Surround Sound
inch infotainment touchscreen interface
Lane Departure Warning
Wireless smartphone charging
speaker sound system
Driver Attention Warning
Electric parking brake
Electric steering-column adjustment
Lane Keeping Assist-Line
Nappa leather upholstery
Interior mood lighting
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance
degree exterior camera views
Powered rear sunshade
Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
Automatic emergency braking
Blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert
Lane keeping assist feature
Manual rear door shades
Heated and ventilated front seats
Heated rear seats
For this price bracket, we would recommend the top-end trim as it flaunts the best feature-list in the competition. So much so, that even the more expensive Europeans get overpowered by the Cadenza's class-leading equipment list.
Kia Cadenza Engine and Performance
“While not as quick as its rivals, the Cadenza's V-6 engine is extremely refined and competent. The transmission could be more civilized, but the Smart driving mode makes the most of the powertrain's capabilities.” – Car and Driver
The Cadenza is powered by a L, V6 engine that lets loose horses at 6, rpm and throws a force of lbs-ft at 5, rpm on the crank. While the engine is adequately powerful for the car, there is no hint of eagerness from the engine. The power delivery is more gradual than instant but it sure is smooth and refined. It is an effortless cruiser.
This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The gearbox is tuned towards efficiency because it likes to be at a higher gear at low RPMs. Also, at full throttle, it is a bit reluctant to downshift and passing maneuvers may take a little more time than you would expect. Still, it’s a fairly decent gearbox and gets its job done well enough.
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When compared to the other engines in the competition, the Cadenza is competently powered. Only the Chevrolet Impala is a little more powerful than the others in the lot. Kia and Chrysler have 8-speed automatics whereas the Impala and Taurus come with 6-speed automatic gearboxes.
The Cadenza accelerates to 60 mph from a standstill in seconds which is the slowest in the competition here. Keep the accelerator floored for a few more seconds and you'll clear the quarter-mile mark in seconds.
There is certainly no hint of sportiness from the car. Acceleration is gradual and it takes considerable time to build up its pace. However, this car is not about outright acceleration. It was meant to bring much more luxury to an affordable price bracket, and indeed it does. Apart from that, it also offers the best in class ride quality.
L V6 Regular Unleaded
L V6 Regular Unleaded
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Evidently, the Cadenza is the slowest in the competition. As it turns out, Ford Taurus lunges to the first position here which is followed by the Chrysler and the Chevrolet Impala respectively. As mentioned earlier, the Cadenza is inclined more towards a comfortable ride as compared to the others.
Ride and Handling
The Cadenza intends to be a comfortable cruiser and that it does very well. It has a very good ride quality, perhaps not the best in the segment, but still plenty well. The cabin is hushed and all noises have been insulated pretty well indeed. It soaks up undulations on the road very well too.
A comfortable ride quality means compromised handling and the Cadenza lives up to that. There is a considerable amount of body roll around the corners if you push it a little hard. Also, undulations on the road cause the body to lean and rock to the side more than in other large sedans.
The steering, like in most Kias is mostly numb. It is light and easy to operate at low speeds but does not weigh up adequately at higher speeds. Also, the steering seems to be totally disconnected from the road and doesn't give any feedback to the driver. It’s typically a Kia and if you are a laid back driver, you wouldn’t complain at all. However, it’s certainly not meant for the enthusiast in you.
The Kia Cadenza does have good brakes. It decelerates from 60 mph to a standstill in just ft which is pretty impressive for the segment. In fact, the Cadenza has the least braking distance in the competition here. Considering that it doesn't pack the punch you would expect from a V6, its braking performance comes as a surprise to us.
The brake pedal is adequately communicative and responds well to inputs on the pedal. There is good biting force and the braking remains predictable too. The suspension setup is adequately stiffened that further makes sure that the front end doesn't dive under hard braking applications.
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Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
As stated above, the Cadenza overpowers this lot clearly due to its lighter weight as compared to the rivals. If the numbers are to be believed, the Chevrolet should perform better than the rest considering that it has the bigger brakes and the lightest kerb weight in this comparison. However, the abrupt braking feedback is what drags the Impala's performance to the third position. The Chrysler slides in between the Cadenza and the Impala, thus, leaving the Taurus behind especially because it is the heaviest contender here.
Kia Cadenza Fuel Economy
Kia's focus towards a calm and composed ride quality is not just limited to its performance and handling dynamics, but also its mileage too. A respectable figure of 20 MPG in the city from a V6 unit is just impressive. So, much so, that it outshines most of the rivals here. Take the Cadenza to the highway and this figure further escalates to 27 MPG and the overall mileage also takes a bump to 23 MPG - again, the best in class.
Tank Capacity (gal)
The Cadenza emerges as a crown-bearer here, hands down. Though its highway figures are slightly less than that of the Chrysler , the overall mileage just lines up head-to-head with it, thanks to the better city mileage from Cadenza. The Impala follows the Chrysler closely, thus, leaving the Taurus at the last.
Kia Cadenza Interior
“The Cadenza's classy, well-built cabin provides the same luxuries as its rivals and then some. Outward visibility is good, too. A high-quality, elegant interior pulls cues from class-above manufacturers.” – Car and Driver
The interiors too carry over the same premium feel with an understated elegance. The cabin has been laid out simplistically, nothing much fancy really, but the moment you are inside the cabin, you know it’s a premium car. The wood-like trim on the dashboard and accents of stitching all around give it a rich feeling. Material quality is very nice and fit and finish levels are top-notch too. There are a few hard plastic panels here and there but you won't really spot them unless you go all "Indiana Jones" on it.
An 8-inch infotainment screen takes center place on the dashboard flanked by the AC vents on either side. The climate controls and the audio controls are neatly stacked in two bands of switches. The center console area with the gear lever and several other controls look sleek as well.
The steering particularly feels very good to hold. It can also be heated and the digital screen in the instrument cluster in between the two analog dials is one of the coolest in the class. The aesthetic sense that went into designing the cabin is very pleasing. It is classy and certainly a notch above its segment.
Seating and Comfort
Kia seems to be overwhelmed with their attempt in highlighting the "Comfort" forte of their luxury sedan. For instance, the front seats are a little too cushioned for long drives. You will love them once you sit on them, but, this feeling slowly fades away and discomfort takes control in its place. Space is not an issue, its just that you won't be able to spend hours here on the front seats. The softer suspension setup and the under-sized bolsters on the seat translate to a distorted ride quality. However, the standard heated functions and way adjustability on the front seats surely ease this discomfort up to quite an extent.
Surprisingly, the rear seats are bang on point. They are aptly cushioned and there's loads of legroom and shoulder room all around. Three people can easily fit in, however, the middle passenger might get a little uncomfy on long drives due to the hard cushion. The transmission tunnel also takes away some comfort too, but that's really not distressing. The hard cushion for the middle passenger, on the other hand, is. Apart from this, we barely have any complaints with the rear-seat comfort of the Cadenza.
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Again on paper, Cadenza does not have the best interior dimensions but Kia has cleverly integrated a lot of space inside. That said, the Impala trumps all of the competitors here in this department. Not by a wide margin, though. All of these cars are equally matched in terms of passenger volume. The Cadenza stacks up at the last of this comparison just behind the Chrysler
The infotainment system in the Cadenza is pretty good for its standards. The base trim comes fitted with a inch touchscreen infotainment system mated to an 8-speaker audio system. The other two trims feature a more premium inch unit which is miles ahead of the one in the base variant. Further sweetening the deal is the speaker audio unit by Harman Kardon (as shown below) that sounds phenomenal. The base and treble strike a perfect balance and certainly elevate the sense of luxury inside.
It comes loaded with lots of standard features but the system is sometimes slow to respond to inputs. Navigation through the menus can also get confusing at times. The interface is not the most fluid one either and gets laggy at times but it won't really drive you out of the car.
But that’s just a matter of time and other than the fact that we would have liked a faster response time, the system is pretty nice with good graphics and features. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes things all the more convenient. However, the navigation system is not very efficient every time in identifying all the streets properly. That said, some highlighted features in the infotainment are:
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Bluetooth music streaming with voice recognition
- Satellite Radio and Navigation
Kia seems to be completely disinterested in this department. With a volume of cu.ft, the Cadenza is the least spacious vehicle in terms of luggage carrying capacity. Further spoiling the mood, the rear row cannot be folded down in case you want more space. You just have to do with the cu.ft of space only. As a consolation though, the rear armrest folds down to give a see-through passway only to accommodate a ski or a fishing rod through it, but that's about it.
If it makes you feel any better, the Cadenza has a flat-trunk floor with just one hump in the middle and the boot opens wide and high too. Loading/unloading won't cause any distress to you. Furthermore, the power-operated tailgate is icing on the cake.
Cargo Volume (ft.3)
It couldn't be more evident that Cadenza sits at the last of this competition. Ford Taurus overpowers this department clearly with a lot more space than the others. The Impala follows next while the Chrysler barely manages to inch ahead of the Cadenza.
- Navigation and smartphone integration
- inch infotainment touchscreen interface
- speaker Harman Kardon sound system
- Electric steering column adjustment
- Interior mood lighting
- Blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert
- Powered rear sunshade
- Manual rear door shades
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated rear seats
- way driver’s seat with seat cushion extension
- Automatic high beams
- Head-up display
- Wireless smartphone charging
- Electric parking brake
- Nappa leather upholstery
- degree exterior camera views
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane-keeping assist feature
- Paddle Shifters
Kia Cadenza Exterior
“Thoughtful touches give the Kia Cadenza an upscale look, and while its styling doesn’t excite as much as the Stinger, many would confuse this Korean sedan for a German if the badge was removed.” – The Car Connection
The Kia Cadenza is a very premium looking sedan. It has a certain poise and elegance to it which really makes it look like it belongs to a segment above. The designers have kept it simple, yet elegant. The concave grille reminds you of Maserati and the Z-shaped LED DRLs give it a distinctive look. The quad LED fog lamps add some zing to the otherwise simple and neat, but very elegant front fascia.
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- Restricted driver license test
Clean Retail Price
The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.
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- A feeling of exclusivity
- Commodious and comfortable interior
- Elegant exterior styling
- Definitely not a sports car
- Not slow, but not quick, either
Kia Cadenza Expert Review
The Kia Cadenza enters with minor technology and safety system updates.
The Cadenza is Kia's full-sized sedan, slotting above the front-wheel drive Optima. It offers a more sedate and luxurious driving experience than the similarly sized and priced GT-oriented Stinger.
Cadenza Premium: The base Cadenza comes with inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a inch touchscreen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, and Smart Trunk.
Cadenza Technology: Moving up to the Technology trim gets you inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a power-operated tilt/telescoping steering column, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, an inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, a speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless phone charging, rear parking sensors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Cadenza Limited: Limited models add a degree-view camera system, a head-up display, Power Smart Trunk, heated outboard rear seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and a power rear sunshade.
The Cadenza is powered by a liter V-6 with hp and lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/27 mpg city/highway.
The Kia Cadenza is rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, receiving a rating of Good in all categories, except for an Average rating for its headlight performance. The Cadenza received a front crash prevention designation of Superior by the IIHS, with tests performed on a Cadenza equipped with automatic emergency braking. The Cadenza fully avoided a collision in both the mph low-speed autobrake and mph high-speed autobrake tests.
All Cadenzas come standard with blind-spot collision warning with lane change assist, lane keep assist, and park distance warning. Technology and Limited trims add automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear cross-traffic collision warning, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, automatic high-beams, lane departure warning, and driver attention warning. Limited models add a head-up display and a surround-view monitor.
As the only front-drive full-sized sedan in Buick's lineup, the Cadenza has spacious room for five. Front- and rear-seat legroom is and inches, respectively. Trunk space measures 16 cubic feet.
Standard on the Cadenza is a inch touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, eight speakers, one USB port, and Kia's UVO telematics suite. Cadenza Technology and Limited trims gain a wireless charging pad, an inch touchscreen with HD Radio, as well as a speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
This is definitely a car that has no sporting pretentions. Get frisky like we did in our First Drive, and discover that it "takes work to drive quickly on narrow twisting roads."
But when viewed in a specific context, the Kia Cadenza excels. In a First Test of the Cadenza, we said that "In terms of commodious accommodation, coddling luxury, and sensory deprivation, Kia is the leader." Although it might rank near the bottom in terms of sales figures, that only added to the allure: "Isn't the true mark of an exclusive luxury car that you don't see yourself coming and going at every stoplight?"
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Kia Cadenza Pricing
$38,MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Additional or Replacing Features:
- 1st and 2nd row exterior express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
- 19" machined aluminum Wheels
- 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
- UVO eServices with voice activation Navigation system
- 18" machined aluminum Wheels
- 1st row LCD monitor
- L V-6 Engine
- 8-spd w/OD Transmission
- @ 6, rpm Horsepower
- @ 5, rpm Torque
- front-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- leather Seat trim
- driver Lumbar support
- Parking Distance Warning Parking assist
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