Editor’s note: If you’re looking for information on a newer Kia Cadenza, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Kia Cadenza Review.
If you haven’t heard of the Cadenza, it’s a full-size premium sedan that boasts luxury-car comfort and performance. It offers two trim levels — the well-equipped Premium, which starts around $35,000, and the fully loaded Limited, which starts at just over $40,000. While the Cadenza lacks a V8 or hybrid option, it does offer a powerful 293-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine that’s paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Although a $40,000 Kia may be a hard pill for some shoppers to swallow, we think the Cadenza’s build quality and sleek styling are on par with rivals such as the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. In fact, we think the Cadenza is better-looking than both of those sedans. See the 2015 Kia Cadenza models for sale near you
While the Cadenza was clearly designed with the driver in mind, it doesn’t offer the razor-sharp handling of a sporty German luxury sedan. But we think a lot of drivers will like the Cadenza’s quiet, comfortable ride. Drivers will also appreciate the spacious cabin, which features heated leather seats and power seat adjustments for both the driver and passenger seat. There’s also a well-designed dashboard and an intuitive 8-inch touchscreen, which makes the interior feel modern and sophisticated.
As for equipment, standard technology features — such as a backup camera, a navigation system and Kia’s UVO infotainment system — are all easy to use. Extras include heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof and a power sunshade. And if you upgrade to the technology package, you’ll get cutting-edge safety features such as adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system.
In terms of drawbacks, we can only name a few — like the fact that there’s no fold-down rear seat and that cars equipped with the panoramic sunroof can get especially warm in the summer.
The bottom line: If you want full-size comfort and performance for under $40,000, we think the 2015 Kia Cadenza is absolutely worth a try. Find a Kia Cadenza for sale