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Key specs of the base trim
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- Athletic exterior styling
- Roomy, comfortable backseat
- Premium features standard
- No folding rear seat
- Choppy, firm ride with 19-inch wheels
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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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While some shoppers may be put off by the Cadenza's status as a Kia, this sedan is much better than outdated perceptions of its brand name suggest.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.
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