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2019 Kia Cadenza

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$33,100 — $44,100 MSRP
5 Seats
23 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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(5.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • V-6 power
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Loads of backseat room
  • Quality fit and finish
  • Hushed interior

The Bad

  • Tight headroom in middle rear seat
  • No rear climate controls
  • Backseat doesn't fold for cargo
  • Sport mode adds little sportiness
  • Much safety tech not offered on base model
2019 Kia Cadenza exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Kia Cadenza
  • Blind spot warning now standard
  • Five-seat full-size sedan
  • 290-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available

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2019 Kia Cadenza Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Kia Cadenza?

The 2019 Kia Cadenza is a full-size sedan that seats up to five people. It comes standard with a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All versions have front-wheel drive, and competitors include the Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon.

What’s New on the 2019 Kia Cadenza?

Blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors are now standard. Power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps are also standard.

What Features in the 2019 Kia Cadenza Are Most Important?

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen stereo, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Upscale available features include a power-adjustable steering column, rear and side window sunshades, Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a Harman Kardon premium stereo, wireless device charging and a head-up display.

Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a 360-degree camera system.

Should I Buy the 2019 Kia Cadenza?

A roomy, quiet and high-quality interior are Cadenza highlights, and the full-size sedan’s standard V-6 engine is a strong performer. However, at the price of the base trim level, more active safety features should be standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3 reviews — Read All reviews
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Value For The Money

Looks like the big BMW only at a much lower price.

by Bob8455 from Tinley Park on June 23, 2019

I love it! Like I said looks like the big BMW at a more reasonable price. It extremely spacious in side with plenty of leg room. Rides like being on a cloud. Read full review


Nice sleek car

by Russ61 from Howard Beach, N.Y. on April 6, 2019

First time KIA owner. Meets all of my needs. Very comfortable, dependable and well made. Has all of the conveniences of a luxury car at a lower competitive price. 8-speed automatic does quite well ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2019 Kia Cadenza currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings


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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