The Cadenza is a Good Car
January 25, 2018
I had a Kia Cadenza Premium for about 2.5 years. I put about 25k miles on it. Overall, it’s a very good car, and the shortcomings are made up for with its value for money. Great entry point if you want a large sedan but the cost of the competitors keeps you away.
I got mine as part of my employment package with my previous employer. I picked it out after comparing it to other large sedans on the market at that time (summer 2015).
The exterior styling is pretty good. I preferred it to the look of the Taurus, Maxima, Azera, and Avalon of that vintage. I think the current Impala and Maxima are both better looking. The interior is quite nice and comfortable, with a sensible dashboard layout and controls. There is plenty of leg and head room front and back, lots of storage bins, and the trunk is certiantly big enough for a family camping trip - tent, sleeping bags, cooler, and odds and ends for 4 people all fit.
I drove a number of clients, colleagues, family, and friends in it, and many people were impressed. “I can’t believe it’s a Kia.” I made several long drives in the 3+ hour range and never felt fatigued from the seating or the suspension.
The performance is merely ok. It gets off the line well enough, but you aren’t going to smoke other large sedans. The gas mileage is so-so; I averaged 22mpg total over the life of the vehicle.
I never had a mechanical problem of any sort, just routine maintenance. Oil changes, fluids, filters, and that’s it. It was an entirely worry-free vehicle.