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2018 Premium 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $32,290
2018 Technology 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $39,290
2018 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $44,690

Overview

The 2018 Kia Cadenza enters its second year since its last redesign offering strong value and a well-tuned ride but faces criticism for its single drivetrain configuration while its competitors offer hybrid systems and all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2018

There are no significant changes, however, the previously individual options available with the Premium trim, are now bundled into a single option package.

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Choosing Your Kia Cadenza

The Cadenza’s exterior design conveys the overall balance and visual mass usually seen with rear-wheel drive platforms, yet, the drive wheels are in the front. Thoughtful touches of chrome are placed around the car while dramatically shaped LED signature lighting in the headlights and taillights bring a bit of intrigue to the smooth-sided large sedan.

There are no powertrain options for the Cadenza. The only setup is a 3.3-liter V-6 with an output of 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Cadenza earns EPA estimates of 20 miles per gallon city, 28 highway, and 23 combined which is lower than some competitors with all-wheel drive.

The Cadenza comes in three basic flavors with big feature and price gaps between each one. There is one option package and it’s only available on the base Premium trim. The next tier up is called the Technology trim which is followed by the Limited trim.

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Premium

The Premium trim starts at $33,190 (including a mandatory $900 destination charge) and comes equipped with a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, a seven-inch touchscreen display with SiriusXM, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, proximity entry with push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a heated leather seating. The driver and passenger seats are 10-way and 8-way power adjustable, respectively.

There are no active-safety features as standard equipment. The optional $4,000 Luxury Package is required for basic active-safety features (blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert). The package also includes a panoramic sunroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a larger eight-inch touchscreen for the UVO infotainment system and navigation system.

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Technology

The Technology trim, $40,190, includes the Premium trim’s Luxury Package as standard equipment and brings additional active safety technology like active cruise control, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, as well as full LED headlights with automatic high-beam.

Standard features also include a seven-inch color display that resides in the instrument cluster, and a 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat – 10-way for the passenger – with ventilation, a wireless charging mat, and a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters.

Outside, a more stylish vertical grille and 19-inch wheels dress up the exterior. The mirrors are now power-folding and the windshield gains a wiper de-icer feature.

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Limited

The Limited, priced at $45,590, brings exclusive 19-inch wheels, black-wood trim, Nappa quilted leather seats, and a surround view monitor. Rear window sunshades and heated outboard rear seats bring additional passenger comfort. A smart power trunk and a head-up display are also included.

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The Cadenza Technology trim offers the full active-safety suite of features plus many additional high-end features and touches. The lack of individual options may frustrate some, but the long list of standard equipment make it feel like a more expensive car than it is.

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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Kia Cadenza occupies the white space between mid-size and full-size sedans, delivering premium touches for an affordable price. Its handsome sheet metal, beautiful cabin, and big back seat are among its many strong points. The offerings of most rivals, however, provide superior handling.

Best Value

The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a large sedan that supplies ample room for five. Kia offers the Cadenza in Premium, Technology, and Limited trims. This front-wheel-drive model comes with a V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Like most competitors, you have just one powertrain choice. Fully equipped, the Cadenza teases out just above $45,000.

Our pick is the base Premium trim with the Technology Package, which delivers tremendous value for the segment. This model without the package comes with LED lights, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, and a seven-inch touchscreen display. Here's how we'd build ours:

  • Model: 2018 Kia Cadenza Premium
  • Engine: 3.3-liter V6
  • Output: 290 hp / 253 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 20 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: Luxury Package ($4,000, voice-command navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a rear parking assist system, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, power-folding outside mirrors, perimeter approach lighting, LED interior lighting)
  • Base Price: $33,190 (including a $900 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $37,190

Performance

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The look may suggest “sports sedan,” but the truth is that the Cadenza isn’t one. Power comes from a 3.3-liter V6 engine with an output of 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque – admirable, considering most competing models displace at 3.5- or 3.6-liters, such as with the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, and Dodge Charger. Each competitor reaches 300 hp, therefore, the Kia is actually more power dense than this trio.

The Cadenza's powertrain is geared toward comfort and is relatively quiet. It doesn’t deliver the low-end power of most competitors or the raucous response of the Charger. Four drive modes supply slight changes in steering and throttle response, with the Sport mode gaining extra weightiness, which it really doesn't need.

As for the suspension system, it's tuned for comfort. We found moderate body lean and plush cornering responses. That’s not quite the firmness found in the Buick LaCrosse, but it’s sufficient nonetheless.

Style

From the Rio to the K900, Kia’s look is similar, marked by a tiger-nose grille up front and flowing lines along the profile. This expression carries well across the model line, although some may find it derivative. The Z-shaped LED lighting up front as well as at the rear is among the styling distinctions we like, supplying the right amount of eye candy without appearing overwrought.

Moving inside, the cabin is open, roomy, and plush. You’ll have no trouble fitting five adults inside, and without the usual comprises to hip room or leg room. A winged, horizontal look best describes the dashboard, with controls clustered where you expect to find them around the central touchscreen display. The upholstery features an attractive pattern, while a unique design surrounds the door-panel speakers. There's a certain cohesiveness present, demonstrating the extra work Kia’s designers took to make the cabin look fabulous.

Trunk space measures 16 cubic feet, matching the Toyota Avalon and ahead of the Buick LaCrosse and Nissan Maxima. The Chevrolet Impala is the segment winner here with nearly 19 cubic feet.

The Best and Worst Things

We like Kia’s UVO infotainment system as the display is clear and easy to use. On the flip side, the base model doesn’t offer standard safety features. You have to opt for the Technology Package to get at least some driver-assist options and at a sizable cost. Toyota, for instance, makes these items standard on the Avalon.

Right For? Wrong For?

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If you’re a sedan-minded shopper who's attracted to traditional full-size sedans, the Kia Cadenza is certainly worth a look. It's a half-step up from the Optima. On the other hand, the Cadenza doesn’t have the driving dynamics of a Nissan Maxima nor does it offer all-wheel drive like the Buick LaCrosse.

The Bottom Line

Kia remains committed to sedans even as competing manufacturers pull back or hold off on their updates. The 2018 Kia Cadenza holds its own in the segment by delivering premium features and value to go with it.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.3L V-6 / 290 HP / 253 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
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
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
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
$71
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
Wheels
18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
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
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 12 Brand
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
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
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
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection (bsd) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
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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