2016 Kia Cadenza

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Kia Cadenza. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    293-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quiet interior
  • Interior quality
  • Roomy, comfortable backseat
  • Premium features standard

The Bad

  • No folding rear seat
  • Choppy, firm ride with 19-inch wheels and tires
  • Light steering effort in corners

Notable Features of the 2016 Kia Cadenza

  • New base model lowers starting price
  • Five-seat full-size sedan
  • 293-hp, V-6 engine standard
  • 8-inch touch-screen navigation system standard
  • Heated steering wheel available

2016 Kia Cadenza Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Cadenza is Kia's upscale entrant in the full-size sedan segment and a corporate cousin to the Hyundai Azera. It has front-wheel drive and V-6 power, and it offers a host of available technology and convenience features. The Cadenza competes with the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon.
New for 2016
A new base trim level slots below the Premium and Limited models. The Premium model gains a standard panoramic sunroof, and the available Luxury Package adds blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
Significant Standard Features

  • 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Leather upholstery and heated front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Navigation system with 8-inch touch-screen
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof with powered shade
  • Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Surround-view monitor
Vehicle Overview

The Cadenza is Kia's upscale entrant in the full-size sedan segment and a corporate cousin to the Hyundai Azera. It has front-wheel drive and V-6 power, and it offers a host of available technology and convenience features. The Cadenza competes with the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon.
New for 2016
A new base trim level slots below the Premium and Limited models. The Premium model gains a standard panoramic sunroof, and the available Luxury Package adds blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
Significant Standard Features

  • 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Leather upholstery and heated front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Navigation system with 8-inch touch-screen
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof with powered shade
  • Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable steering column
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Surround-view monitor

Latest 2016 Cadenza Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

2016 Cadenza Limited

by Stephen from Lewisville, TX on May 12, 2018

I recently purchased this auto as a certified used car with only 4,700 miles. Quickly took it on a 2,600 miles vacation run. Outstanding on the highway: exceptionally smooth V6 and transmission, great ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love it. Nice look,stylish, sporty, and luxurious.

by Lonestar State from Houston, TX on April 26, 2018

This car has met all of my expectations of what a luxury sedan should be . I love the panaromic sunroof, stereo system, by infinity . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Cadenza currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Kia Cadenza has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    164-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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