2018 Kia Cadenza

Pros: Roomy and comfortable cabin; pleasant ride; refined drivetrain; generous level of features for the money

Cons: Uninspired handling; trunk space not outstanding for a large sedan; no stand-alone options available

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is essentially unchanged. The base model has been dropped and a panoramic sunroof is now part of the Luxury Package. The Cadenza is a large sedan offered in Premium, Technology, and Limited trims. All Cadenzas are front-wheel drive; the sole powertrain is a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop/start functionality, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, and a “smart’ blind-spot detection system that can sense unintentional drifting toward an adjacent vehicle and automatically apply braking to the opposite-side front wheel to maintain the Cadenza’s intended course. A hands-free smart-opening trunk, head-up display, surround-view monitor, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, and wireless smartphone charger are other available features. The Cadenza is a pleasant-enough large sedan that offers a number of selling points, such as competitive pricing; a spacious, nicely trimmed cabin; well-rounded everyday performance; and some interesting styling flourishes. However, the Cadenza doesn’t break any new ground in terms of safety, comfort, or technology features. We also wish that Kia offered stand-alone options that would make it easier to tailor a Cadenza to your individual tastes. Still, this is a big, comfortable sedan that will satisfy many buyers.

The Facts
Class Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Premium: $33,190
Technology: $40,190
Limited: $45,590

Base Engine
3.3-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

2017 Cadenza
2018 Kia Cadenza
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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