2017 Kia Cadenza

in Fullsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$31,990 - $44,390 See Inventory Prices


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The full-size sedan is viewed as the paragon of extravagance. But with time, everything changes, and Crossovers and SUVs have been a gradual part of that change. SUVs offer a remarkable blend of performance and practicality for families. On the off chance that you don't like that jacked up sitting position and you don't want to get rid of the dedicated cargo space, then a sedan is a good choice.

Regardless, the Cadenza is outfitted with a 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The Cadenza rivals the likes of Nissan Maxima S, Ford Taurus SE and Chrysler 300 limited.

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Plenty of standard features

High-quality interior

Quiet ride

Impressive interior

Stretch-out back seat space

Generous warranty coverage

Lots of available advanced safety features


Infotainment system can be frustrating

Styling merely evolutionary

Fuel economy lags rivals

Headroom is a bit tight for tall occupants

Trunk is smaller than rivals

What's New?

Redesigned for 2017

Quieter and more capable at highway speed

Redone interior with upgraded technology

18 and 19-inch wheels available


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Sedan

passenger capacity


top speed

148 mph



engine type


204 cu. in.


290 hp @ 6400 rpm


253 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm


8-speed automatic


suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes



112.4 in.


195.7 in.


73.6 in.


57.9 in.

curb weight

3633 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.


passenger volume

107.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

payload capacity

1085 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy


20/23/28 mpg

highway range

518 mi.


basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance



 2017 Kia Cadenza in Aurora Black color  2017 Kia Cadenza in Gravity Blue color  2017 Kia Cadenza in Platinum Graphite color  2017 Kia Cadenza in Silky Silver color  2017 Kia Cadenza in Snow White Pearl color
Aurora Black

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Trims and Configurations


 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium


290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Regular unleaded
23 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,990 MSRP (20/23/28) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm3.3V6regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Aurora Black
  Gravity Blue
  Platinum Graphite
  Silky Silver
  Snow White Pearl

 2017 Kia Cadenza Technology


290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Regular unleaded
23 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Technology 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,990 MSRP (20/23/28) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited


290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Regular unleaded
23 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,390 MSRP (20/23/28) 290 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.3 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

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CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018


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The Cadenza is priced at $31,990 and is offered with standard smartphone connectivity options like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The Cadenza also offers comforts like heated and ventilated seats. Still, the infotainment system is average, and most contenders, offer a better experience.

2017 Kia Cadenza Features


The 2017 Kia Cadenza is an expansive, full-size sedan that offers a wealth of space for every one of its inhabitants. Indeed, even in its base Premium form, the Cadenza is all around prepared for what we believe is an extremely sensible cost.

Trim Premium Technology Limited
MSRP $31,990 $38,990 $44,390



  • Clear lens projection headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Acoustic glass (windshield, front side windows)
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM\xae4 audio system
  • Rear-Camera Display w/Dynamic Guideline
  • Push-button start w/Smart Key & Immobilizer
  • 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Power-folding outside mirrors w/LED turn signal indicators
  • LED headlights w/High-Beam Assist
  • Acoustic glass (windshield, front side windows)
  • Harman Kardon\xae13 630-watt premium audio Quantum Logic surround-sound system w/Clari-FiTM13 & 12 speakers
  • Rear-Camera Display w/Dynamic Guideline
  • Push-button start w/Smart Key & Immobilizer
  • Smart Welcome (power-folding mirrors, illuminated door-handle pockets, interior lighting)
  • Front, Side, And Rear-View Camera
  • Premium Leather
  • Cargo Floor Mats
  • White Interior Package
  • Chrome Alloy Wheels

Its two accessible highlights bundles are joined into the Technology bundle (alongside a couple of other alluring additions), while the best trim Limited could conceivably trick your travelers into supposing they're riding in a Lexus.

We Recommend

As much the base trim looks reasonable, we would recommend you to ditch the base variant and go for the technology package. You give all features from the Base trim plus extra ventilated seats, extra lumbar support, and exterior lighting. 

2017 Kia Cadenza Engine


"Under the Cadenza's hood is a familiar 3.3-liter V6 engine, carried over from the previous generation but slightly less powerful. The new eight-speed transmission is fuel economy-focused and isn't as refined as some rivals. Like most in the segment, the Cadenza is not particularly fun to drive." - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Cadenza is no sports sedan and it doesn't put on a show to be. The new Cadenza sticks to being smooth and predictable. A refreshed 290-horsepower, the 3.3-liter V6 engine is mated to Kia's in-house 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Cadenza offers four drive modes-Comfort, Eco, Sport, and smart-that each give it marginally different identities. However, Cadenza is most joyful at Comfort mode.

Models Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
MSRP $31,990 $32,910 $27,345 $32,340
Engine 3.3L GDI V6 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve V6 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 3.6L V6 24V VVT
Transmission 8-speed automatic CVT automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 290 hp @ 6400 rpm 300 hp @ 6400 rpm 288 hp @ 6500 rpm 292 hp @ 6350 rpm
Torque 253 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 254 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

This car has particularly lower displacement (just 3.3L) than the others in the segment. The torque figure is also quite average when compared to the rivals, whereas, Nissan Maxima proves to be the leader in this segment: Generating 300 HP @ 6400 rpm and 261 lb-ft torque @4400 rpm.


Speeding up from a stop is continuous in each driving mode. The transmission is hesitant to downshift and pauses for a moment when executing rapid overtaking maneuvers. The Cadenza is the genuine article 6.7 seconds from zero to 60 mph is a lot of liveliness for its size. But the Cadenza is more qualified to handle laid-back driving styles than forceful ones.

Models Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec 5.8 sec 6.5 sec 6.6 sec
Quarter mile 14.8 sec 14.3 sec 15.1 sec 15.2 sec
Engine 3.3L 3.5L 3.5L 3.6L
Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 7.6 7.1 8.4 7.6

Equipped with the smallest displacement engine 3.3L, it takes 6.5 seconds to speed up from 0-60 mph, which is comparatively better than Ford Taurus (3.5L engine) and Chrysler 300 Limited (3.6L engine, taking 6.6 seconds from 0-60 mph).

Emission is quite low but here even, Nissan Maxima S (packed with 3.5L engine) tops the segment consuming least time to accelerate (5.8 seconds) and least emission (7.1 tons/yr. of CO2 @15K mi/year).

Ride and Handling

Huge sedans prefer composure over athletic capacity, and the Cadenza is no exemption. A solid measure of discomfort is felt whenever you drive through a corner with some excitement. The suspension is light in Comfort mode and firms up marginally when Sport is chosen.


The brake pedal is easy to engage. Even with mild pressure, the brakes engage as soon as you put your foot down. It's also easy to modulate, with predictable increasing effort. The Cadenza takes just 120 ft. to come to stop from a speed of 60 mph.

Model Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
Brake Front (in.) 12.6 12.6 13.9 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 11.8 12.1 13.6 12.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3633 3478 3917 4029
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 125 N/A 120

Cadenza has a front brake pad of 12.6 inches, which is similar to the competition. The rear brake pad has the least size among its competitors (just 11.8 inches), with Ford Taurus SE, offering the biggest front and rear brakes.

2017 Kia Cadenza Fuel Economy


The 2017 Kia Cadenza gets a new 8-speed automatic transmission comes with two more gears over last year's car. This helps it to run smoother and offers marginal improvement of fuel economy. On the EPA test, the Cadenza checks in at 20 mpg city, 28 highways, and 23 combined.

Model Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
MPG (city) 20 21 18 19
MPG (highway) 28 30 27 30
MPG (combined) 23 25 21 23

Kia additionally says that Cadenza's new shape is more streamlined and it incorporates a better underbody design to streamline things much further. This sedan offers a decent fuel economy in the city, however it only to offers a marginal fuel economy on the highway.

2017 Kia Cadenza Interior


"Reviewers praise the 2017 Kia Cadenza for its upscale yet simplistic cabin." - Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The seats are comfortable, with a lot of cushion material. Indeed, even without the ventilation function, the seats feel breathable. The seats are apt for short treks since thigh bolster isn't extraordinary.

Model Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.2/58.3/45.5 39.4/56.7/45.0 39.0/57.9/41.9 38.6/59.5/41.8

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/56.5/37.2 36.7/55.7/34.2 37.8/56.9/38.1 37.9/57.7/40.1

A high quality, exquisite inside pulls prompts from class-above producers. A 7.0- inch infotainment touchscreen is set over a central console; Technology and Limited models have a second 7.0-inch display. The ventilated front seats are sufficiently feeble and support good support.

Being a bit short of shoulder and leg room (both rear), this Cadenza Premium can still be placed at the top of the list as it has one of the most spacious interiors in the segment. The Cadenza is a solace centered sedan, and it plays out its essential function well. The ride is less refined than the competition.

Interior Features

2017 Kia Cadenza Premium comes loaded with following features:

  • Leather seats (power and heated up front)
  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Navigation
  • Harman Kardon audio system
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Air-conditioned seats
  • Wireless cell phone charger
  • Keyless entry
  • Automated and heated mirrors


A high level of standard infotainment hardware is available as standard equipment. The Premium trim level has a 7.0-inch UVO infotainment touchscreen, Technology and Limited trims have an 8.0-inch display. All models have UVO e-Services, an onboard telematics framework that can analyze mechanical faults, caution the driver for vehicle upkeep and call for help in case of a mishap.

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 12-speaker, Harman Kardon premium Surround Sound system
  • Clari-Fi music restoration technology
  • 7-inch display screen
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite radio
  • Smart trunk

Cargo Capacity

The cargo load floor is large and mostly flat, aside from a slight hump in the middle to provide room for the spare tire jack underneath.

Model Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 16.0 14.3 20.1 16.3

Cargo area measures 16 cubic feet, the average for the segment but less than in the Chrysler 300 Limited and Ford Taurus SE. There is a ski pass-through, but the rear seats don't fold.

2017 Kia Cadenza Exterior


"A good deal more elegant than its predecessor outside, the 2017 Cadenza appears a little sportier, but that's all smoke and mirrors since this four-door remains focused on cosseting and not carving corners." - TheCarConnection

Dimensions and Weight

The dimensions of Kia's Cadenza are larger than the Nissan Maxima S but lags when competed with Ford Taurus and Chrysler 300. One key point that certainly helps Cadenza is its ground clearance of 6.4 inches.

Model Kia Cadenza premium Nissan Maxima S Ford Taurus SE Chrysler 300 limited
Curb weight (lbs.) 3633 3478 3917 4029
Length(in) 195.7 192.8 202.9 198.6
Width(in) 73.6 73.2 76.2 75.0
Height(in) 57.9 56.5 60.7 58.4
Ground clearance (in) 6.4 5.3 5.1 4.7
Wheelbase (in) 112.4 109.3 112.9 120.2
Track width (in) F/R 63.3/63.6 62.4/62.4 65.3/65.5 63.4/63.8

Exterior Features

  • Automatic high beam LED headlights
  • Power rear sunshade
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Wider grille and headlights
  • Appealing Z-shaped front and rear lighting signatures
  • Automatically illuminated the door handles
  • Earth tones available in color

2017 Kia Cadenza Safety


The Cadenza Sedan has been subjected to the full barrage of crash tests administered by IIHS and it came up with impressive results:

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Acceptable
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Marginal

The NHTSA has not rated this car yet.

Safety Features

A wide range of safety features is available on this big four-door. All models feature nine airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, as well as a rearview camera that displays through either a 7.0- or 8.0-inch infotainment screen.

The Cadenza's Premium trim is offered with an optional package that adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist.

  • Dual front & rear seat-mounted side airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Front & rear 3-point seat belts
  • Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors
  • Front seat-belt pretensioners


2017 Kia Cadenza Competition

Kia Cadenza vs Nissan Maxima SE

Kia Cadenza Premium has a 3.3L engine whereas Nissan Maxima SE comes equipped with a 3.5L engine. Maxima S is certainly smaller in dimensions than Cadenza Premium. With relatively smaller brake pads, Kia Cadenza Premium still shows better stats than Nissan Maxima. Also, it features the best in class ground clearance. Cadenza scores high on cabin space and comfort. Whereas, Nissan Maxima S does not prove to be good in this section.

At last, the Kia Cadenza offers more practicality with a modest price and larger cargo capacity.

Kia Cadenza vs Ford Taurus

Ford Taurus has a 3.5 L engine whereas Kia Cadenza has a 3.3 L engine. Ford Taurus SE outclasses Kia Cadenza. The Taurus SE has more cargo volume than Cadenza Premium. Exterior dimensions of Ford Taurus SE are certainly greater than Cadenza premium. Kia Cadenza Premium has more space inside. It leads Ford Taurus SE when it comes to head/shoulder/leg room, be it front or rear.

The Kia Cadenza Premium Is definitely more fuel efficient than Taurus SE making it an ideal choice. 

Kia Cadenza vs Chrysler 300 Limited

Chrysler 300 Limited comes packed with a 3.6 L engine which offer larger displacement than Cadenza's 3.3 L engine. Both cars have a similar cargo space.They are tough competitors when it comes to seating and comfort and both score similar points. Chrysler 300 Limited has a quieter cabin, which gives it an edge over the Cadenza.

Considering the dimensions, the Chrysler 300 Limited is certainly bigger than Kia Cadenza Premium but ground clearance (4.7 inches ) is the least in this segment, with Cadenza Premium (6.1 inches) topping the segment. Both offer an identical combined fuel economy, however, the Cadenza is a little over priced. 

2017 Kia Cadenza Final Verdict

The updated Kia Cadenza stands its ground in its class. The Cadenza is an upscale sedan with a roomy interior that is complemented with a lot of standard features. The equipment list is laudable. To make things even better, the Cadenza starts at a price of $31,990.

Yet, the infotainment system and its execution is below average. When it comes to styling there is nothing spectacular about the Cadenza. To put it plainly, Kia Cadenza offers a spacious cabin with a host of features but it lacks performance.