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The Cadenza is a competent large sedan that flies under the radar. It is considerably bigger than the Optima and is competitive with the Toyota Avalon.
The car is roomy and quiet, with easy-to-use controls. The ride is pleasant enough, though not particularly plush. Handling is secure when the car is pushed to its limits, but the Cadenza is better suited to long-distance cruising. The 290-hp, 3.3-liter V6 is slick and powerful, and the eight-speed automatic shifts smoothly. This combination returned 24 mpg overall in our tests. High-end Limited version includes additional soft surfaces and more luxurious leather seats. All versions have a suite of standard advanced safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning.
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2017-2020
2017 Redesign Year
Although the styling changes are subtle, the redesigned 2017 Cadenza features an all-new body structure. The new car is based on the Kia Optima, but it is considerably larger, competing with the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala.
The car is roomy and quiet, with easy-to-use controls. Ride and handling are nothing special but pleasant enough. The 290-hp, 3.3-liter V6 is slick and powerful, and the eight-speed automatic shifts smoothly. Higher-end Limited versions include more soft-touch surfaces, real stitching on the dashboard, and available Nappa leather seats. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning are available.
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$23,375 - $25,975
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$20,775 - $23,200
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$18,775 - $20,600
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2014-2016
2014 Redesign Year
The Cadenza is a competent and credible competitor among large sedans. There's a lot of content here, including a luxurious, quiet interior, a roomy backseat, sound handling, and a comfortable ride.
The 293-hp, 3.3-liter V6 engine and standard six-speed automatic combine to make a slick powertrain that delivers a competitive 22 mpg overall. Controls are refreshingly easy to use. A host of electronic safety aids are available, but some of the most useful ones are bundled into expensive options packages.
$15,075 - $17,475
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$13,700 - $14,525
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$11,250 - $11,425
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