2017 Kia Cadenza Review

2017 Kia Cadenza 

2017 Kia Cadenza - The very suggestion of a Kia high-end sedan appeared ridiculous as recently as 2012, before the first Cadenza showed up, increasing eyebrows as the Oriental brand put exactly what it considered an initial risk on the ground in the high-end sphere. As we took our very first spin in the second-generation 2017 Cadenza as well as changed the space range for the radar cruise ship control, nobody was impressed with that a Kia even had radar cruise ship control. Instead, we merely evaluated its newly found stop-and-go capability-- as well as lane-departure reduction and also lots of various other electro-nannies-- equally as we would certainly if it were a Lexus ES350, a Lincoln MKZ, or a Buick LaCrosse. This near-luxury-sedan segment remains very affordable even as overall sales ease versus the surge of plushly cut crossover vehicles.

2017 Kia Cadenza Review

So, yeah, the concept of Kia doing high-end is no more novel. The Cadenza is not also the fanciest Kia now that the huge, rear-drive K900 exists. The 2017 Cadenza is not merely an automobile stuffed with fantastic points; it's a vehicle that puts those good things together in a harmonious method-- you know, like deluxe brand names do. Whereas the first Cadenza really felt a little unsteady in its fancy heels, this set has actually captured its stride.

Most beautiful Kia Ever before?

Much of the favorable perception can be attributed to Kia's outside layout language as curated by Hyundai/Kia global design chief Peter Schreyer. Few of the brand name's cars and trucks use it along with the brand-new Cadenza. Not looking like an engorged Optima, the new version takes an active position with high, clean body panels (made of heavier-gauge, even more, dent-resistant steel, claims Kia), substantial fender flares, and also a large, ducktail trunk. Kia's trademark "tiger nose" grille currently extends right into the headlamps, which, like the taillamps, feature Z-shaped LED accents. The high windshield leads into a longer, a lot more rearward-set greenhouse with new trapezoidal rear quarter-windows that recall those of the 2017 Volvo S90. Without a doubt, there's enough Volvo S90 both in the straight body sides and also side-window visuals, not to mention the concave slots of the elegant "Intaglio" grille of mid- and top-tier trim degrees, which a person asks you if Schreyer has a mole in Gothenburg.

The feeling of style continues within. Our examination cars and truck showed up with the "White bundle," one of four available decoration themes. The package consists of ivory-colored, diamond-quilted leather seats that really feel as flexible as those in a Mercedes-Benz S550, established dramatically within an all-black background of carpetings, dashboard as well as door panels, as well as black pearlescent wood grain. The columns and also roof covering are lined in a bone-colored synthetic suede. Convenience: Examine. The sense of celebration: Double check.

If you take place to obtain in back, prepare to enjoy some real spread-out space-- seriously, it's huge-- as well as a bird's-eye view up through the panoramic sunroof that's standard issue on Modern technology as well as SXL models. Kia recognizes what this segment wants and also made the rear seat a big concern, giving it 0.4 inch much more legroom than in the past, toned seatbacks, USB and also 12-volt power ports, as well as, on SXL designs, outboard seat heating units as well as power sunshades for the side glass as well as back home window. It does not have only rear-seat environment regulates to tick all the boxes in a function comparison with the section stalwarts.

2017 Kia Cadenza features

2017 Kia Cadenza Review

The Cadenza's confines are worthy of praise; its interior design, as well as execution, are nicer compared to that in the Cadillac CT6, a much more expensive auto that is pull down a little on its inside. The Kia's beautiful natural leather, well-laid-out controls, as well as easy-to-learn switch arrangement all gain high marks. The 8.0-inch center display seemed little to some, although it coincides dimension as the frameless one that takes the spotlight in the latest Buick LaCrosse, a vital competitor. Nothing seems low-cost except the piano-black surface on the facility console, which showed some scratches on cars and truck with naturally 1800 miles approximately on its odometer, scars that don't bode well for its lasting resilience.

Driving: More of the Very same

Driving the Cadenza produces much less excitement. It is powered by the same direct-injected 3.3-liter V-6 as the outward bound design, although currently, it's down somewhat from 293 horsepower as well as 255 lb-ft of torque to 290 horses as well as 253 lb-ft. It pairs with Kia's new eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is powerful sufficient and not loud. However, it's not peaceful enough to be amazing in this sector.

2017 Kia Cadenza Engine Review

When traveling, the 2017 version behaves just like the original Cadenza, with the new, in-house-developed eight-speed transmission adding little noticeable sharpness to the shifts but taking absolutely nothing away from its total serenity. The available drive-mode selector did generate a couple of "Currently what's that doing below?" feedbacks as well as hardly spruced up the automobile's reflexes in Sports mode. If the new transmission was a fuel-economy play, it really did not do much; the EPA city score increases from 19 mpg to 20 mpg year-over-year, while the 28-mpg highway rating remains the same.

Much more first to this auto compared to fast velocity are its beautiful flight and also hushed interior, so we were pleased to find that lumpy country two-lanes were ironed into gentle bows by a suspension that soaks up nearly everything. If there's a dynamic criterion Kia sought below, it may be the Lexus ES350, which is no one's idea of a significant vehicle driver's car. The Kia is silky smooth, while the well-isolated guiding is unclear as well as over boosted but better than that of the previous Cadenza. Handling restrictions are easy to locate by paying attention for the squealing protestations of the tires, which occur early and frequently on a twisty road, even with the SXL's large, dark-satin 19-inch wheels and low-profile attendant rubber. The brakes showed appropriate, with the superb pedal feel for those great licensed operator stops.

2017 Kia Cadenza Exterior Review

2017 Kia Cadenza Prices

The 2017 Cadenza strikes dealers in late October or early November. Final pricing will indeed be revealed right before that, but we understand the base Cadenza will start best around $33,000, with the mid-grade Technology plan offered for about $40,000 and the packed SXL-- likewise called Limited-- coming in at less than $45,000. Past the rate, this is a vehicle that never might have emerged in Kia's early years: a bona fide near-luxury sedan that can hold its own alongside the undoubtedly good competitors. If the first Cadenza was a stake in the ground, the brand-new automobile shows that it was grown in abundant dirt.

2017 Kia Cadenza Specifications

front engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Premium, $33,000;
Technology, $40,000;
SXL $45,000

DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

204 cu in, 3342 cc
Power: 290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode


Wheelbase: 112.4 in
Length: 195.7 in
Width: 73.6 in Height: 57.9 in
Passenger volume: 106-109 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 3650-3800 lb


Zero to 60 mph: 6.7-6.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 16.6-16.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.1-15.2 sec
Top speed: 145 mph


EPA city/highway driving: 20/28 mpg

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