• 2020 Kia Cadenza

    Kia updated the Cadenza for the 2021 model year
  • Including new LED Taillights and a tweaked rear end
  • Up front, there's a new grille, new LED running lights, and new turn signals.
  • Nothing changed under the hood, though
  • So power comes from an aluminum 3.3-liter V-6
  • With 290-horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque
  • AN eight-speed automatic sends power to the front wheels
  • Fuel economy:
  • 20 mpg in the city
  • 27 mpg on the highway
  • and 23 mpg combined
  • The interior can be had with Nappa Laether
  • and quilted seat bolsters
  • a 12.3-inch infotainment system serves as the centerpiece of the interior
  • Pricing has yet to be announced but could break the $40,000 barrier

The 2020 Kia Cadenza ups the ante with extensive tweaks in and out, as well as more tech

Kia has brought the 2020 Cadenza on stage at the 2020 Chicago Motor Show and we’ve got to say, the aesthetic tweaks have worked wonders on the sedan, which goes on sale this year in two trims: Technology and Limited, as Premium has been discontinued.

Concretely, the 2020 Kia Cadenza packs a redesigned grille with deeper vertical, waterfall-style slats and a new hood. The LED daytime-running lights have new graphics, too, while the turn signals are now integrated into the lower bumper area. In the back, the cosmetic treatment includes a tweaked rear bumper and trunk lid, but also new graphics for the LED taillights. The 2020 Cadenza rides on newly-designed 18-inch wheels, but you can also opt for the 19-inch rollers.

Kia didn’t overlook the Cadenza’s interior, so the 2020 model year gets its fair share of add-ons, with most relating to technology:

  • 4.2-inch TFT instrument panel
  • 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen with standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • multi-color LED ambient lights (solely on the Limited model)
  • Nappa leather seat trim (Saddle Brown and Gray)
  • quilted seat bolsters (Limited only)
  • three extra USB ports
  • new 10-watt, induction fast-charge pad
  • new Smart Key (standard)

On the powertrain front Kia left things as they were for the 2019 Cadenza. In more detail, the all-aluminum 3.3-liter V-6 makes 290 horsepower fed to the front wheels through an eight-speed Sportmatic automatic gearbox. Torque remains 253 pound-feet, so sans any sort of drivetrain changes, the 2020 Cadenza should be good for the same fuel economy figures as the 2019 model: 20 mph city, 27 mph highway, and 23 mph combined.

Sales kick off later this year, which is when we’ll also be able to provide price-related info. The 2019 Cadenza Technology start at $38,200, so don’t be surprised if the 2020 model demands at least $40,000.

2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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Kia updated the Cadenza for the 2021 model year
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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Including new LED Taillights and a tweaked rear end
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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Up front, there’s a new grille, new LED running lights, and new turn signals.
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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Nothing changed under the hood, though
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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So power comes from an aluminum 3.3-liter V-6
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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With 290-horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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Fuel economy:
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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20 mpg in the city
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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27 mpg on the highway
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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and 23 mpg combined
2020 Kia Cadenza Interior
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The interior can be had with Nappa Laether
2020 Kia Cadenza Interior
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and quilted seat bolsters
2020 Kia Cadenza Interior
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a 12.3-inch infotainment system serves as the centerpiece of the interior
2020 Kia Cadenza Exterior
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Pricing has yet to be announced but could break the $40,000 barrier
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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