BY RANDI PAYTON
The 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited, a front-wheel drive large premium luxury full-size sedan, lines up between the mid-size Kia Optima and the rear-drive Kia K900. The Cadenza was introduced in the U.S. in 2017, as newly designed and affordable model, loaded the latest technologies and premium luxury features. The 2017 Cadenza Limited is powered by a 290 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine that is paired with a 8 speed Automatic transmission with Sportmatic and paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The base Cadenza comes wth a 6-speed automatic transmission, is very well equipped for a vehicle in its price range. Features include premium leather, 19’ allows wheels, 7.0 inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Smartphone Integration, heated and ventilated front seats, power rear window and side sunshades.
Safety features include a Collision Warning System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Crash Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Parking Assist with a 360 degree Surround View Monitor, which allows you to see the area while backing up.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza is very roomy and feels like a German and Japanese sedan rolled into one. The 2018 model, which due out in a few months, will offer a 295 horsepower 3.3-liter V6 that is paired with a 6-speed automatic and auto-manual transmission. The Cadenza includes a balance of luxury and performance and at a thousands of dollars below many of its competitors, which includes Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, and the Chrysler 300.
The base Cadenza starts around $33,000. For just a few more thousand dollars, you can move up to the Limited model. The top Premium model is fully loaded with all the technology and features, but is still priced under $45,000. Estimated gas mileage is 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.