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  • 3.3L V-6 290hp engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • side seat mounted airbags
  • curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags
  • rear side-impact airbag
  • driver knee airbag
  • airbag occupancy sensor
  • automatic air conditioning
  • 18" aluminum wheels
  • cruise control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • electronic stability.

The Cadenza is Kia's offering in the premium near-luxury sedan segment. Attractive styling, elegant interior styling, and pricing aim to catch the eye of every driver.

The Cadenza is available in 3 trims: Premium, Technology and Limited. All trims come with a 290-hp 3.3-litre V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic Sportmatic transmission. Standard features include heated outside mirrors with turn signals, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, push button start, Smart Trunk, 7-inch touchscreen display, and rear camera. Available features include panoramic sunroof, harmon/kardon 12-speaker audio system, Blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear park assist systems and Surround view camera system.

The Cadenza is a carry-over for 2018.

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Kia has quietly upped its interior game since Peter Schreyer joined the company in 2006. Cadenza continues this trend with impressive materials and an intuitive infotainment system.
- Automobile, CarsDirect
Your passengers will be pleased with the Cadenza's spacious backseat; it's as roomy as the rear seats in some long-wheelbase full-size sedans.
-, CarsDirect
This is a big, comfortable sedan that will happily eat up the miles on long road trips and not look out of place in a country club parking lot.
- Automobile, CarsDirect
The Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Azera, and Toyota Avalon are vying for the same customers as the Cadenza.
- Automobile, CarsDirect
The Kia Cadenza competes with the Hyundai Azera, Lexus ES and Acura TL, all near-luxury, front-wheel-drive, five-passenger, four-door sedans.
- New Car Test Drive, CarsDirect

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2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Graphite Metallic
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Graphite Metallic
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Graphite Metallic
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Aurora Black
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Aurora Black
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Aurora Black
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Pluto Brown Metallic
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Pluto Brown Metallic
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Pluto Brown Metallic
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Snow White Pearl
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Snow White Pearl
2018 Kia Cadenza Base
Snow White Pearl


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Full Review


Once known mainly for its small cars, Kia now has a full range of models.The current lineup includes two premium sedans: the front-wheel-drive Cadenza and a bigger, more costly rear-drive K900.

Initially launched as a 2010 model, the Cadenza was redesigned as a second-generation sedan for 2017.Little has changed for the 2018 model year, except that the optional V6 Luxury Package now includes a panoramic sunroof and interior LED lighting.

Three trim levels are offered: Premium, Technology, and Limited (previously SXL).Each Cadenza contains a 3.3-liter V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, driving an 8-speed automatic transmission.

With the original Cadenza, Kia didn't simply prepare a bigger version of its other sedans.On the other hand, the company's largest front-drive sedan didn't veer far away from the mainstream.Styling is best described as evolutionary rather than groundbreaking, and fuel economy hasn't been a strong point.Still, the Cadenza has matured considerably in its current, second-generation form.

Although a Cadenza lacks some of the luxurious touches offered in Kia's rear-drive K900 and its compatriots, it offers plenty for a more accessible price.Even the base Premium trim level is quite well-equipped, including leather seat upholstery and a rearview camera.

A $3,000 option group for Premium trim includes navigation, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, panoramic moonroof, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, rear parking sensors, and 630-watt Harman Kardon audio.

As for modern safety technology, forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking are standard on the more costly Technology and Limited trim levels.Neither is available for the base (Premium) sedan, though the latter can be fitted with blind-spot monitoring.A rearview camera is standard for all; while a surround-view camera system comes with the Limited edition.

Crash-test data is incomplete.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash-tested a Cadenza.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Cadenza a Top Safety Pick for 2018, with Good ratings in all crash tests.Frontal crash prevention is rated Superior, but only if certain optional equipment is installed.In addition, only the optional LED headlights were deemed Acceptable.

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Heated door mirrorsYYY
Turn signal indicator mirrorsYYY
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Passenger door binYYY
Driver door binYYY
Overhead consoleYYY
Rear beverage holdersYYY
Front beverage holdersYYY
Passenger vanity mirrorYYY
Driver vanity mirrorYYY
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorYYY
Telescoping steering wheelYYY
Tilt steering wheelYYY
Heated steering wheelYYY
Illuminated entryYYY
Remote keyless entryYYY
1-touch upYYY
1-touch downYYY
Power windowsYYY
Speed controlYYY
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Automatic temperature controlYYY
Air conditioningYYY
Power moonroofYY
Memory seatYY
Steering wheel memoryYY
Navigation systemYY
Auto tilt-away steering wheelYY
Trunk/hatch auto-latchY
top Entertainment Features featuresBasePremiumLimited
Radio data systemYYY
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsYYY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresBasePremiumLimited
Delay-off headlightsYYY
Front fog lightsYYY
Variably intermittent wipersYYY
Rear window defrosterYYY
Front reading lightsYYY
Rear reading lightsYYY
Fully automatic headlightsYYY
Outside temperature displayYYY
Low tire pressure warningYYY
Trip computerYYY
Exterior parking camera rearYYY
Rain sensing wipersYY
Rear window blindYY
Sun blindsYY
Heads up displayY
Auto high-beam headlightsY
Exterior parking camera frontY
Exterior parking camera leftY
Exterior parking camera rightY
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Mode select transmissionYYY
Variable valve controlYYY
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Panic alarmYYY
Ignition disableYYY
Security systemYYY
Electronic stabilityYYY
Traction controlYYY
Dual front side impact airbagsYYY
Overhead airbagYYY
Knee airbagYYY
Rear side impact airbagYYY
Occupant sensing airbagYYY
4 wheel disc brakesYYY
ABS brakesYYY
Brake assistYYY
Dual front impact airbagsYYY
Perimeter/approach lightsYY
top Seats and Trim featuresBasePremiumLimited
Leather upholsteryYYY
Leather shift knobYY
Leather steering wheelYY
Power driver seatYYY
Power 2-way driver lumbar supportY
Power passenger seatYYY
Front centre armrestYYY
Heated front seatsYYY
Rear seat centre armrestYYY
Power 4-way driver lumbar supportYY
Manual passenger lumbar supportYY
Heated rear seatsYY
Ventilated front seatsYY
top Suspension/Handling featuresBasePremiumLimited
Power steeringYYY
Speed-sensing steeringYYY
Alloy wheelsYYY
Four wheel independent suspensionYYY
Front anti-roll barYYY
Rear anti-roll barYYY
The Dilawri discount cannot be stacked with other dealer incentives. Prices may include cash incentives available to Canadian customers residing in the province of Ontario, for details about pricing available to customers outside of Ontario please contact us. Optional Dilawri Value Package $499 on new cars only, see dealer for details.