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2015 Kia Cadenza

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$13,890 — $22,190 USED
5 Seats
22 MPG
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Athletic exterior styling
  • Roomy, comfortable backseat
  • Premium features standard

The Bad

  • No folding rear seat
  • Choppy, firm ride with 19-inch wheels
2015 Kia Cadenza exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Kia Cadenza
  • Five-seat full-size sedan
  • 293-hp V-6 engine standard
  • 8-inch touch-screen navigation system standard
  • Heated steering wheel available

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from the expert editorial team

Editor's note: This review was done in May 2013 about the 2014 Kia Cadenza. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

What Is the 2015 Kia Cadenza?

The 2015 Kia Cadenza is a five-seat full-size sedan that competes with the Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Buick LaCrosse and Toyota Avalon. It is offered in two trim levels - Premium and Limited - both of which are equipped with front-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2015 Kia Cadenza?

The 2015 Cadenza now includes a standard eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat. The Limited trim now comes with LED map lights and a rear armrest that newly includes cupholders and a USB port, as well as updated styling touches such as new fender trim and a revised grille. The available Technology Package now comes with rear cross-traffic alert.

How Does the 2015 Kia Cadenza Compare to Other Full-Size Sedans?

While some shoppers may be put off by the Cadenza's status as a Kia, this sedan is much better than outdated perceptions of its brand name suggest. Its exterior design in particular is eye-catching, showing some influence from Audi and BMW.

It's not all about looks with the Cadenza, though. Its 107 cubic feet of interior volume makes it more spacious than many of its competitors, including the Buick LaCrosse (102), Chrysler 300 (106) and Kia's own Optima (102). The Cadenza's trunk (15.9 cubic feet), while respectable, does not deviate so much from that of the 300 (16.3) and Avalon (16.0). Its interior spaciousness is about more than just raw numbers, though, particularly in the backseat. The Cadenza's rear legroom only comes to 36.8 inches, less than the 300's (40.1) and LaCrosse's (40.5). But the Kia's backseat still feels spacious, particularly because of its comparatively small center floor hump.

The Cadenza's ride quality is generally comfortable but feels choppy on rougher pavement when compared with the smooth-riding Chrysler 300. EPA-estimated mpg ratings, meanwhile, are about average for this class, coming in at 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined, compared with 21 mpg combined for the LaCrosse, 18 mpg for the 300 and 25 mpg for the Avalon.

What Features in the 2015 Kia Cadenza Are Most Important?

Every Kia Cadenza comes with front-wheel drive and a 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Notable standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED accent lighting, LED taillights, fog lights, dual exhaust tips, power-folding and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, leather upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen, heated front seats and an Infinity surround-sound CD audio system with an MP3 jack, Bluetooth streaming and USB connectivity. Significant available features include 19-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof with powered shade, a power rear sunshade, adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.

As required in all new cars of this model year, every 2015 Kia Cadenza comes equipped with an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes. The Cadenza also comes standard with side-impact airbags for the front and outboard rear seats, side curtain airbags and a backup camera. Available safety features include a surround-view monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and a blind spot warning system.

Should I Buy the 2015 Kia Cadenza?

When fully loaded, the 2015 Kia Cadenza has indisputable luxury credentials - but many of the features, such as Nappa leather and ventilated front seats, are optional. Such features tend to be standard in smaller models offered by luxury brands.

While its features are in many cases more generous than those of its competitors, perhaps the biggest issue with the 2015 Kia Cadenza is that it shares a platform and many of its features with the less expensive Hyundai Azera. This reinforces the fact that this is a Kia, and that it lacks the big-name prestige of historical luxury brands like Lexus and BMW. If you're not concerned about brand name, though, the Cadenza is a capable, comfortable full-size sedan.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2015 Kia Cadenza Overview

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The Cadenza debuted last year, and it gave Kia an entrant in the full-size sedan segment. It has front-wheel drive and V-6 ... Read More

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by Not Kia Krazy! from CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY on August 21, 2018

In general the car isn't too bad. I bought CPO and thought that meant something like it used to. It proved me wrong a few times over. Purchased a bit over a year ago, the first week, taken back for AC ... Read full review


Very reliable car.

by program828 from Cleveland OH on July 17, 2018

I like the powerful engine and plush interior. The handling is not bad. Engine is quiet. Very little noise. Overall a very good buying. Will buy a newer model in a couple of years. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2015 Kia Cadenza currently has 0 recalls

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Cadenza received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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