Car sales may not be what they once were butthere's still nothing quite like driving a large, luxurious sedan.
So when your crossover yearnings end, Kia'sall-new Cadenza is waiting to take you back to your comfortable car roots.
In Italian credenza means “belief” or“confidence.
” You might also recognize it as the buffetin your grandmother’s house.
This here however is the Cadenza.
Kia technically sells 3 large cars, 2 of whichare available with V6 power and only one of those with front-wheel drive.
That’s the Cadenza – a sedan competingin the Impala, Maxima, Avalon segment where consumers want a little more room, performanceand luxury.
This 2nd generation model receives a stronger,yet lighter and more rigid body structure, a more sophisticated interior and a new 8-speedtransmission.
But it’s likely the Cadenza’s more expressivedesign which will have shoppers giving this car a second look.
I’ve received numerous comments this weekabout how rich and alluring it appears and I wholeheartedly concur.
Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grillehas never looked as sexy with a concave, Maserati-like style.
This is the “Intaglio” grille, availableexclusively on the Cadenza’s 2 highest trim levels.
I still don’t like how Kia and Hyundai can’tfigure out a less conspicuous manner by which to cover their radar systems, however.
But in this Gravity Blue paint, riding onflashy 19” dark satin wheels, and emanating an aura of LED lighting, the Cadenza presentsas youthful yet elegant.
3-liter direct-injected V6 has beentweaked for fuel economy improvements but otherwise carries over with its 290 horsepowerand 253 pound-feet of torque.
This is Kia’s first implementation of an8-speed automatic for a front-drive application and it works as smoothly as anything in itsclass, affording enough zip to provide the confidence to go for it.
It takes regular unleaded and gains an additional1mpg, rated at 20mpg city/28mpg highway.
A new suspension tune using Amplitude SelectiveDamping shocks pushes ride comfort into the luxury realm while also furthering highwaystability.
It’s not trying to be a sports sedan thoughit’s composed when challenged fortified by the best steering feel you’ll find ina Kia thanks to a new 32-bit ECU for the electric assist.
I also like the Drive Mode feature which addsa wrinkle you don’t ever see – a mode beyond normal, ECO or Sport which automaticallyadjusts to your driving style and displays the changes in the information center.
The Cadenza is a stylish, spacious, luxurysedan riding on a pillow of air with a powerful V6 and a very well equipped top of the linetrim level.
It's a car you'll look forward to gettinginto and driving providing isolation from the evils of your commute.
So you like these quilted Nappa Leather seats,heated rear seats, smart hands-free power trunk and 19” wheels? That means you’ve got to step up to theCadenza Limited, a mono-spec model with everything included in its $45,290.
If you can deprive yourself of some of thebells and whistles you can snag a Cadenza Premium for $32,890.
In typical Kia fashion, the electronics areexcellent – intuitive, high res and packed with features, like CarPlay and Android Auto,a great sounding audio system with Cari-Fi music restoration, a gauge cluster with allsorts of easy to peruse information and a heads-up display which includes blind spotinformation…a very nice touch.
A heated steering wheel is a godsend and allof the collision warning and autonomous emergency braking features are here, too.
The quality feel and integration of all ofthis is mostly on point for the price tag.
Rear seat space is long on legroom offeringmore interior space than any of its competitors and its trunk size trails only the Americanentries in terms of volume.
The 2017 Cadenza offers a taste of luxuryon an economy scale for those who haven’t yet been seduced by a 4-wheel drive crossover.