Large, luxury sedans that put comfort above all else are an old-school take on automobiles. Nowadays, cars are expected to be do-it-all machines that are not only comfortable, but look good, are fuel efficient, and are easy to drive. The 2019 Kia Cadenza manages to have an old-school charm with its luxury-first design, but is also easy to drive, as it's as maneuverable as a small car. The vehicle's sporty design for a luxury vehicle also makes it noteworthy.
What's New for 2019
The Cadenza carries over from last year without any changes.
Choosing Your Kia Cadenza
Unlike other full-size luxury vehicles in the segment, the Cadenza is only available with one powertrain. Whether that's a good thing or a bad one depends on whether you like having choices or simplicity. The large sedan is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 that generates 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Fuel economy for the Cadenza is EPA rated at 20 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 combined.
In traditional Kia fashion, the Cadenza is packed with tons of features. Those features include the latest safety tech, including things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a head-up display, high beam assist, lane departure warning, a surround-view monitor, and a driver attention warning system.
The Cadenza is available in three trims:
Unless you really need an opulent, upscale vehicle, the Technology trim offers the most value. It brings a lot of standard safety features and has a decent amount of luxury options to make it a standout option in the 2019 Kia Cadenza lineup. While not having any optional features may seem like a downside, being able to get into a feature-packed vehicle straight from the get-go simplifies the car-buying process.