2017 Kia Cadenza

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  • Kia Cadenza
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Displacement:
    3.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    37000 (Est.)
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Sportier and more upscale than ever before

When Kia brought its resident full-sized sedan, the Kia Cadenza, to the U.S. market, we were pretty impressed by the car’s quality and design. It’s only been a few years since then, and Kia has impressed us even further with the redesigned, second-generation model. On the outside, the new sedan as a single contour line that runs the full length of the car and a more couple-like profile compared to the outgoing model. The grille takes on a new interpretation of the “Tiger Nose” design language, and the car has an overall look of simplicity and elegance. Inside, the redesign includes a new instrument cluster, lowered driver’s seat, a more upscale feel, and some new technology to bring it in line with the full sized market. The same engine from the last generation model carries over, but it has been detuned to offer a little less power and better fuel economy.

Competing against models like the BMW 5 Series and the Chrysler 300, Kia had to keep up. The fact that Kia is even competing with more luxurious brands like BMW and Chrysler is still pretty crazy, but the redesign imposed on the Cadenza for 2016 shows that Kia is surely up to the task. But you don’t have to take my word for it – take a look at our thorough review below to learn about all the fine details for yourself. It isn’t a car you want to overlook if you’re in the market for a new and somewhat sporty sedan.

Updated 03/24/2016: Kia unveiled the revised Cadenza at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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The 2017 Kia Cadenza is Impressively Swanky

The 2017 Kia Cadenza is Impressively Swanky

Kia ups the ante with its newest luxury sedan

Kia isn’t known for its luxury sedans, but that might be changing soon. The automaker’s new-for-2017, second-generation Cadenza moves the bar well beyond anything previously found in its lineup. Even the range-topping K900 lacks some of the niceties found inside this BMW 5 Series competitor. Just look at that quilted leather!

I’ve been driving the 2017 Cadenza for the last week. The car has not only impressed my cynical, jaded journalist self, but also everyone who’s sat inside. Aside from the quilted bolsters, the leather seats are butter soft, not to mention heated and cooled up front. Rear passengers enjoy tons of legroom, while a padded center armrest makes elbows happy. A suede headliner frames the massive panoramic moonroof. Even the detailing around the switches and trim work is outstandingly posh. Sure, its no S-Class Maybach, but you’d be forgiven to mistake its fit and finish for a standard E-Class.

Real metal accents are placed where it counts – at high-touch areas like the gearshifter and steering wheel controls. These contrast well with the leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, too. Oh, and that steering wheel is heated as well.

Now the Cadenza isn’t perfect. The piano black plastic along the center console shows the smallest specks of dust and even signs of scratches, despite the car’s young odometer reading. This might be the telltale wear point for pre-owned Cadenza shoppers. Nevertheless, the interior – as a whole – is genuinely striking. Even more so considering the price. Kia charges right at $45,000 for the range-topping Limited trim, like my tester. You’d pay $6,000 more just to have a base-trimmed 5 Series. A highly equipped Lexus ES costs nearly $49,000. So needless to say, the Kia represents value.

Of course, what the Cadenza provides in luxury, the Kia name still represents bargain vehicles. That will continue to change, just as it has over the last 15 years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kia finally shake its econobox stigma by the decade’s end.

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Kia Reveals Eight-Speed Transmission for FWD Cars

Kia Reveals Eight-Speed Transmission for FWD Cars

It will debut in the 2017 Cadenza

Kia’s recent advancements in the auto business have included not just more refined vehicles, but new technologies too. After four years of hard work, the South Korean automaker has unveiled its very own eight-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive cars. Developed using the experience it gained during the creation of the eight-cog unit for rear-wheel drive vehicles, the new gearbox is ready to hit the road and will do so in the 2017 Cadenza.

To be offered as a no-cost option with the 3.3-liter V-6 engine, the transmission will soon find its way into other front-wheel-drive Kia models in the future, but the company has yet to nominate them.

About the same size as a conventional six-speed automatic, the new eight-speed is said to be 3.5 kg (7.7 pounds) lighter than its old counterpart. The unit also features the smallest oil pump in any gearbox in its class, and an incorporated direct control valve body and increased capacity of the solenoid valves, thus reducing the number of control valves from 20 to 12. All of the above, paired with the additional clutch compared to the previous six-speed auto, improve fuel efficiency and gear shifting. The latter will also deliver faster acceleration.

In all, Kia patented 143 new technologies for this transmission, which is surprisingly compact, meaning it will fit in a wide range of vehicles. For now, the eight-speed is being prepared for the company’s mid- and full-size passenger cars.

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2017 Kia Cadenza

2017 Kia Cadenza

Sportier and more upscale than ever before

When Kia brought its resident full-sized sedan, the Kia Cadenza, to the U.S. market, we were pretty impressed by the car’s quality and design. It’s only been a few years since then, and Kia has impressed us even further with the redesigned, second-generation model. On the outside, the new sedan as a single contour line that runs the full length of the car and a more couple-like profile compared to the outgoing model. The grille takes on a new interpretation of the “Tiger Nose” design language, and the car has an overall look of simplicity and elegance. Inside, the redesign includes a new instrument cluster, lowered driver’s seat, a more upscale feel, and some new technology to bring it in line with the full sized market. The same engine from the last generation model carries over, but it has been detuned to offer a little less power and better fuel economy.

Competing against models like the BMW 5 Series and the Chrysler 300, Kia had to keep up. The fact that Kia is even competing with more luxurious brands like BMW and Chrysler is still pretty crazy, but the redesign imposed on the Cadenza for 2016 shows that Kia is surely up to the task. But you don’t have to take my word for it – take a look at our thorough review below to learn about all the fine details for yourself. It isn’t a car you want to overlook if you’re in the market for a new and somewhat sporty sedan.

Updated 03/24/2016: Kia unveiled the revised Cadenza at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Kia Cadenza.

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2014 Kia Cadenza - Driven

2014 Kia Cadenza - Driven

When I got the call that I was receiving a Kia Cadenza — the Korean automaker’s "luxury" rig — I began recalling the Kia Amanti, which was put out of its misery in 2009. This Jaguar X-Type wannabe was just north of a fully loaded Toyota Camry on the luxury scale, so my hopes were not too high for the Cadenza to impress me.

When the driver rolled up in the Cadenza, I instantly though "blah, just another old Kia," as its outward appearance doesn’t necessarily separate it from the rest of the Kia lineup. All of that changed once I got the chance to grab a seat in this Nappa leather-equipped bargain luxury car that featured an Alcatara-like headliner, panoramic sunroof and nearly every goodie you could imagine for a tad under $42k.

Sometimes, however, first impressions can be incorrect, and I was still anticipating a dud in the Cadenza.

Click past the jump to read my full Driven review of the 2014 Kia Cadenza to find out if it is a winner or just a repeat of the Amanti.

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2014 - 2015 Kia Cadenza

2014 - 2015 Kia Cadenza

The Kia Cadenza actually started life out as the Kia K7 over in Kia’s home country of South Korea. It didn’t make it to the U.S. until the 2014 model year and was essentially a badge-engineered Hyundai Azera. For the U.S.-spec version, the Cadenza comes with Nappa leather seats – a luxury normally reserved for more high-end models from manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes, to name a couple. Furthermore, it came with Bluetooth phone connectivity, a navigation system, Kia UVO, alloy wheels, and a heated and ventilated driver’s seat. On the outside, the Cadenza featured styling and design cues that were inspired by European models and had Kia’s “Tiger Nose” front fascia to go with Standard LED headlights or the optional HID headlight units. All told, the car had graceful styling and a sculpted body that put it well above what we normally expect in a Kia.

Under the hood, the Cadenza sported a 3.3-liter V-6 with nearly 300 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. There was a six-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, but inside you’ll find paddle shifters on the steering wheel so you can pretend to row your own gears. All told it wasn’t a bad sedan for a brand that was in the process of reinventing itself as a higher-quality brand. With strong competition coming from models like the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon, Kia had to put its best foot forward in this segment.

With that said, keep on reading to learn everything about the U.S.-spec Cadenza and what it brought to the table for the 2014 model year.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Cadenza.

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Video: Previewing the 2011 Kia Cadenza

Video: Previewing the 2011 Kia Cadenza

Ever since Peter Schreyer – a former designer for Volkswagen and Audi – jumped on the Kia bandwagon to become its new design chief, the aesthetic quality of Kia cars have, to say the least, bumped up into the ranks of the ‘that’s actually a pretty classy-looking ride’ category.

Coincidence or not, you still have to give credit where it’s due and Schreyer has to receive – even if it sounds obligatory – some props for what he’s done to Kia. By taking some styling cues from his previous employers, Schreyer has turned cars like the mid-sized 2011 Cadenza sedan into something worthy of a positive double-take.

While there are still other qualifications we should judge the 2011 Cadenza on – handling and price tag come to mind – we can all take comfort knowing that Kia’s newest mid-sized sedan can hold its own in the aesthetic department against other more high-profile brands in the same class.

If you still need some further convincing on the design merits of the car, take a look at these promo videos and judge for yourself. It may not generate an overwhelmingly positive response but given it’s track record – which is, to say the least, average – the 2011 Cadenza looks like a Thanksgiving Day touchdown.

More videos after the jump.

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2010 Kia Cadenza

2010 Kia Cadenza

The South Korean automaker Kia has just revealed the 2010 Cadenza (known as the K7) luxury sport sedan in their domestic market. According to the manufacturer the new Cadenza will be a "big step into the future" for Kia when it goes on sale worldwide next year. The new Cadenza’s design is inspired by the KND-5 concept car that was revealed last April at the Seoul Motor Show. The concept featured a distinctive "tiger nose" front fascia with its signature grille and second-generation LED lights combined with the high efficiency rear clusters and is finished off by a dual muffler design that is integrated into the Cadenza’s back bumper.

The 2010 Cadenza is powered by a range of gasoline engines with outputs ranging from 165 HP at the more economical end to a very hearty 290 HP for the top of the line power plant. All new Cadenza models will feature front-wheel drive train as well as Kia’s all new six speed automatic transmission. With an offering like this, the Cadenza is guaranteed to attract a few new car shoppers into their local Kia showroom.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Kia Cadenza

2010 Kia Cadenza

The South Korean automaker Kia has just revealed the first images of the all new 2010 Cadenza, a mid size four door sedan that is slated to replace the Amanti here in the U.S. The Cadenza will make its world debut towards the end of this year at the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai international motor shows in the middle east. On the exterior the new Cadenza looks almost identical to the identical to the KND-5 concept that Kia brought to the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year and features the same design language as the new compact Forte and second generation Kia Sorento.

Press release after the jump.

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