2018 Kia Cadenza Sedan

City mpg:
20
Highway mpg:
28

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Kia Cadenza Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Kia Cadenza Premium include 3.3L V-6 290hp engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Kia
Cadenza Sedan

Starting at: $32,290

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - UVO eServices
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 1 GB
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Engine displacement - 3.3 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 253 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.0mm x 83.8mm (3.62" x 3.30")
  • Compression ratio - 12.00 to 1
  • GVWR - 2,140kg (4,718lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,971mm (195.7")
  • Exterior body width - 1,869mm (73.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,471mm (57.9")
  • Wheelbase - 2,855mm (112.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,156mm (45.5")
  • Rear legroom - 945mm (37.2")
  • Front headroom - 1,021mm (40.2")
  • Rear headroom - 963mm (37.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,481mm (58.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Passenger volume - 3,053L (107.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 453 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 453 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.3
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Torque - 253 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 8 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sportmatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 28mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Premium 2018 Kia Cadenza Sedan Premium Search New $32,290   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 28  
Technology 2018 Kia Cadenza Sedan Technology Search New $39,290   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 28  
Limited 2018 Kia Cadenza Sedan Limited Search New $44,690   290-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  20 / 28  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Cadenza riders can expect a quiet, even hushed, experience, with a powertrain that’s barely noticeable. Far from stiff, the ride supplied by Kia’s independent suspension is calm and relaxed.

Ride and handling are effectively coordinated. Though the driver might feel somewhat isolated, road feel never gets sloppy in nature.

Handling cannot be called crisp, but it’s well-composed, if a bit cushiony. Steering is somewhat heavy for a big car, but brakes respond well and are easily modulated. Body lean in corners is moderate, and body motions are well-controlled.

While the Cadenza might resemble a sport sedan, performance doesn’t quite warrant that designation, though it reaches above average for the class. With its 8-speed automatic, the Cadenza responds promptly. Low-end vigor isn’t the strongest, but the sedan enters traffic flow without hesitation. Downshifts to pass or merge occur quickly.

Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart modes may be selected, but differences are modest. Each mode alters steering and throttle response, but doesn’t affect the suspension, which is tuned for ride comfort.

Despite the use of an 8-speed automatic, fuel economy ranks as so-so. The Cadenza is EPA-rated at 20/28 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

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Few might call the Cadenza daring or audacious, but the design is pleasant enough, and even a bit interesting. Such details as LED lighting and a mildly concave grille up front provide a dash of liveliness, as well as a sense of character.

For a full-size four-door, the Cadenza neatly incorporates some styling cues that suggest a sport sedan. Most notably, this front-drive sedan veers emphatically away from the formal lines that identify the larger K900 model, which comes across as somewhat dowdy.

Base-model (Premium) Cadenza sedans have their own grille, whereas the front ends of Technology and Limited editions convey a stronger appearance. Upper models get LED headlights and foglamps, and ride on distinct 19-inch wheels, versus 18-inch for the base sedan. All models feature LED positioning lights.

Interior Overview

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With its wing-shaped dashboard layout, the Cadenza cabin has a familiar, rather predictable feel. Some might call it sedate, but the look is wholly modern. When trimmed in Nappa leather, though, it’s especially welcoming. The Limited sedan gets rather flashy stitching on its leather.

Materials quality and detail work stand above the pack. Basic-level plastics are limited to lower door panels and trunk liners. Nothing about the interior suggests the thrifty overall feel of some Kia economy cars.

Controls consist of actual knobs and buttons, grouped around the central touchscreen. They help make the Cadenza an easy car to operate. A considerable amount of sound-deadening materials ensures quiet cruising.

Five adult passengers can fit inside without notable discomfort, helped by a large back seat. Headroom and shoulder space are just fine, though clearance for taller occupants might be affected by the panoramic sunroof. The long roofline helps provide abundant head space in the back seat, while legroom can seem almost limousine-like.

Front seats are sufficiently supportive, without excessive firmness. Multiple seat adjustments are standard in all Cadenzas. Driver’s seats in Technology and Limited versions include a powered leg bolster that slides out, to give taller drivers better support. Kia’s simple infotainment system works nicely.

Among the biggest in its class, the Cadenza’s trunk holds 16 cubic feet. Small-item storage is very good, in the console as well as door pockets.

Summary

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Kia earns plaudits for the Cadenza’s features and driving comfort, as well as ample standard equipment. Rivals may promise sharper handling, but quiet running and gentle ride qualities can give Cadenza the edge. So does the spacious cabin, with a back seat that almost qualifies as a benchmark in the full-size sedan category.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Premium ($32,290) comes with leather upholstery, a rearview camera, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The infotainment system operates in accord with Kia’s UVO eServices telematics, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $900 destination charge.)

Technology ($39,290) gets 19-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, bi-function LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Limited ($44,690) adds Nappa quilted leather, sunshades, heated outboard rear seats, surround-view camera system, and a head-up display.

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