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The large Cadenza is a competent large sedan that flies under the radar. It is considerably larger than the Optima, competing with the Chevrolet Impala and 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, and 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. We got 24 mpg overall. Higher-end Limited versions include additional soft-touch surfaces and more-luxurious leather seats. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning are available, but only in upper trim versions that cross the $40,000 mark.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Kia Cadenza recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags.

Road Test

The large, second-generation Cadenza proves again to be a pleasant, upscale sedan that favors accommodations and power but dynamic prowess is not its strong suit. It is very roomy, with a smooth powertrain, decent fuel economy, and easy to use contro...


  • Roomy interior
  • Smooth powertrain


  • Lacks agility
  • Ride not as plush

Best Version to Get

You can choose among three Cadenza trim lines -- Premium, Tech, and Limited. We think the Premium version is an excellent value. We'd also get the Luxury package, which includes an upgraded infotainment system, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear parking assist. Fully loaded Limit...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 (290 hp)