Lately, sedan sales have been eroded by the popularity of crossover SUVs, but there are buyers who don’t need a large cargo or high seating position that car makers provide. If you’re one of them, a big sedan like 2018 Kia Cadenza is the right choice.
In the large sedan class, the 2018 Kia Cadenza is highly focused towards space and comfort for passengers. The Cadenza made a huge leap in ride comfort and the quality of cabin material when it was redesigned last year. The interior has a premium feel, especially considering its affordable price, and legroom is abundant for all passengers. Acceleration and handling will not speed up your pulse, so if you’re a driving enthusiast you might want something else. Overall, the 2018 Kia Cadenza value, luxury and space make it worthy of your attention.
Trim Levels and Features
The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a five-passenger full-size sedan that offers an abundance of room for all its occupants. Its available in three trim levels: Premium, Technology and Limited.
Standard equipment for the base Premium trim includes keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch wheels, foglights, hands-free trunk opening, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats with driver two-way lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with two USB ports, HD and satellite radio.
The optional Luxury package for the Premium adds power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, LED cabin lighting, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation. Also included in this package is advanced blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2018 Kia Cadenza Technology trim include the contents of the Luxury package plus 19-inch wheels, automatic wipers, LED foglights and headlights, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel with paddle shifters, driver-seat memory settings, ventilated front seats, a 10-way driver seat with four-way lumbar adjustment, two-way lumbar adjustment front passenger seat and wireless phone charging. The Technology also gets you adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The range-topping Limited trim includes everything above along with a power-operated trunklid, a power rear sunshade, side rear sunshades, a head-up display, heated rear seats and upgraded leather upholstery.
Every 2018 Kia Cadenza is powered by a revised 3.3-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic with manual shift control sends power to the front wheels. In performance testing, the 2018 Kia Cadenza accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is a few ticks slower than average for the class.
The EPA estimates fuel economy at 23 mpg in combined driving (20 city/28 highway).
Inside, the 2018 Kia Cadenza cabin can only be described as spacious. Large interiors provide plenty of space for all passengers. The legroom is generous, allowing a 6-foot adult to sit behind each other without knees hitting the seatback. Only very tall passengers in sunroof-equipped Cadenza that will touch the roof.
The 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited material quality looks matched with its price tag. Quilted seat bolster is an unexpected feature in this class, and the softly padded driver knee rest is highly appreciated. The glossy piano black and wood trim do not reflect the dazzling sunlight.
The driver’s seat offers a variety of adjustments, including four-way lumbar and extended thigh bolster. The power steering wheel telescope is far enough, making the tall driver easy to find a comfortable position. It’s also easy to see on the low hood. All the knobs and buttons in the center stack are within arm reach of the drivers and front passenger.
You’ll find plenty of places to store small items, including a pocket and deep glove compartments on every door. The 16 cubic feet of trunk space is large when compared to most sedans, but slightly smaller than some in its class. The rear seat also cannot fold to expand the cargo area.
Release Date and Price
Official price for the Premium trim starts at $33,190 (including a mandatory $900 destination charge). The Technology trim carries a price-tag of $40,190 and the Cadenza Limited costs $45,590.