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2017 Kia Cadenza

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2017 Premium 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $31,990
2017 Technology 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $38,990
2017 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $44,390


Introduced as a 2014 model, the Cadenza was noteworthy for its sporty appearance as well as its luxury-level comfort and convenience features. Launching the Cadenza placed Kia into an additional vehicle category, continuing with a second-generation version for 2017. Despite credentials as a full-size near-luxury sedan, the Cadenza already has demonstrated that it didn’t have to drive like one: Behaving more like a smaller model, this Kia four-door is far removed from the big cars of yesteryear.

What's New for 2017

Billed as “all-new,” the redesigned Cadenza has a new body structure that’s stronger, yet lighter. For the first time in a Kia front-drive model, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Despite getting a new look, the Cadenza is still easily recognizable. Visually, the sedan has changed most at the front and rear, including a smoother hood and a fresh version of the “tiger-nose” grille. Sightly longer than before, the 2017 Cadenza is a bit wider and 0.2 inch lower. Kia promises an additional half-inch of rear legroom. Body rigidity has increased by 35 percent.

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Choosing Your Kia Cadenza

Kia installs the same powertrain in all Cadenzas. Now producing 293 horsepower (down by 3), the 3.3-liter V6 engine teams with an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the prior six-speed unit. Dual exhaust is standard. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 20 mpg in city driving, 28 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg in combined driving.

Newly available features include a head-up display, an updated surround-view monitor, a hands-free power trunk lid, wireless charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a Harman Kardon 12-speaker audio system. Adaptive cruise control includes stop-and-go functionality, while forward collision warning incorporates autonomous emergency braking. Nine airbags are standard, and front brake rotors have grown by an inch in diameter. Upper trim levels get an “Intaglio” grille with vertically oriented, faceted blades.

Three trim levels are offered for 2017: Premium, Technology, and Limited.

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For $32,890 (destination charge included), the Premium delivers features such as leather upholstery and trim, heated power front seats, heated power mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, and keyless ignition. Kia’s UVO eServices infotainment system and an eight-speaker audio system are included.

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Equipped with a standard panoramic sunroof, the midlevel Cadenza adds $7,000 to the Premium model’s price. Standard equipment includes a navigation system, paddle shifters, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lamps, a power adjustable steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. The Harman Kardon 650-watt surround-sound audio system has 12 speakers. Active safety features include blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The optional Premium Luxury package includes extras such as navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, rear parking sensors, and power-folding mirrors.

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Topping the line, the $45,290 Limited adds another helping of features, including a surround-view monitor, Nappa quilted leather upholstery, heated outboard rear seats, rear sunshades, a head-up display, and 19-inch Dart Satin alloy wheels.

CarsDirect Tip

If you’re ready for the feel of luxury and the convenience of the latest technology, without paying the hefty price of some top-tier imports, the Cadenza might be a candidate for your shopping list. The Premium model is tempting, especially with the optional Luxury Package. However, we recommend the midlevel Technology version for its hefty list of added features – including active safety items.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.3L V-6 / 290 HP / 253 ft.lbs.
8-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.3L V-6 / 290 HP / 253 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 28 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.7 "
Exterior Width
73.6 "
Exterior Height
57.9 "
Front Headroom
40.2 " / 38.5 "
Rear Headroom
37.9 " / 37.6 "
Front Legroom
45.5 "
Rear Legroom
37.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,633 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
18.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
8 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning System (ldws) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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