The all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza is completely redesigned from headlights to tail lights. The personality of the vehicle is captured in the “distinctive sculpted lines,” premium craftsmanship, and an abundance of amenities.
Cadenza comes in three attractive trims: Premium, Technology, and Limited. The fully loaded Limited will be the focus of this review.
The Cadenza is powered by a 3.3 L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) V6 with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and an aluminum block and heads. The eight-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic and paddle shifters begs for active driver participation.
The maximum horsepower delivered is 290 at 6,400 rpm, while the max torque is 253 lb.-ft. at 5,200 rpm. EPA fuel economy rating is 23 mpg city/highway combined, while my weekly average was just over 26 mpg.
Cadenza’s interior is spacious with quality accouterments. Premium heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear broad seats provide soft luxury accommodations for a family.
An interesting new feature for me was the power rear sunshade and the power-retractable rear window sunshade that provides the rear passenger with protection from sun rays. It certainly makes for a comfortable and relaxing passenger ride.
I noticed that road noise was negligible, and the cabin was generally quiet. I then recalled that the windshield features sound-absorbing insulation throughout the vehicle, helping to reduce noise from the outside.
The 12-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio with Clari-Fi provides great quality sound from the SiriusXM Satellite Radio, accompanied by Bluetooth streaming sources.
When you press the sound button under the radio for station tuning, you are also able to adjust the sound settings, such as treble and bass. However, even when turned to its lowest, the bass still may be too strong.
The bass was far overpowering the rest. In conversation with a Kia tech and working together on the sound, he couldn’t explain why that was and stated he would do further research on the issue.
The power sunroof gave the cabin a feeling of openness. It featured a tilt-and-slide design that allows for a full-open-and-flow air experience. This just added to the already-comfortable feeling.
When you have had enough outside air, the dual-zone automatic temperature control is available for individual temperature settings. Rear passengers have their own air vents.
The navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen and rear-view camera added to the key role served by the infotainment system. It supported voice commands and provided connectivity through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and standard smartphone integration.
The 19-inch Dark Satin Alloy Wheels at the four corners of the vehicle, contrasted by the Snow White Pearl exterior color wrapping a dark brown interior, was beautiful to behold.
Auto rain-sensing windshield wipers and power-folding heated mirrors with LED turn signals are nice safety extras.
Standard safety technology includes Lane Departure Warning, Hillstart Assist Control, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Forward Collision Warning System. These are but a few of the safety items in Cadenza’s safety ensemble.
When you drive the new Cadenza, folks will notice you coming. The striking conclave grille and a sleek styling serve to give a noble approach.
You will confidently control the Cadenza as power response comes quickly and cornering is as gentle as a summer breeze. The manufacturer’s suggested price for the Limited is a competitive price at $44,390.
5-year/60,000-mile Limited Basic Warranty
10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile Roadside Assistance
Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or at email@example.com