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3.1 (Good)

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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.

2017 - 2019 Kia Cadenza

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Kia Cadenza

Major changes included:

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... Read more »

2017 | 2018 | 2019

2014 - 2016 Kia Cadenza

3/4 Front Glamour 2016 Kia Cadenza

Major changes included:

There have been big changes at Kia in the last few years, and sharp styling has been central to the Korean carmaker's surging reputation. The Cadenza has a much sportier image than the Hyundai Azera, its corporate cousin with which it shares a platform, or the segment's benchmark Toyota Avalon. Read more »

2014 | 2015 | 2016

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