The second-generation Kia Cadenza arrives later this month. This is Kia’s luxury car but the new base model actually gets a price drop. It’s priced from $32,980 including destination to start. That’s $1,000 below last year’s base sticker price.
The Cadenza still looks like a Cadenza but it has some design tweaks that give it a sharper, sleeker look. They include a new front fascia. You see Kia’s quad-LED lights within the lower front grille and the main grille gets a more concave shape. Designers wanted to highlight the width of the car with it. In back, the taillights get a more modern look as well.
Inside it delivers what you’d expect a sedan like this to deliver.
It looks wider inside due to a wraparound dashboard. It’s roomy and there is a ton of room in the back. It features 14-way adjustable front seats. Even available seat warmers have been reengineered to more evenly distribute warmth. Kia added in some higher quality soft-touch materials.
It also now comes in a new interior dark brown color option.
There are some big changes under the skin to note. It now nearly doubles the use of high-strength steel to over 50 percent. It’s doors are 16 percent more dent-resistant. It also has a stiffer, more rigid chassis along with a new subframe. The front windows are now laminated, there is more A-pillar sound insulation for a quieter cabin and a full underbody cover to curb road noise.
The powertrain sticks with a 3.3-liter V6 which makes 290-horses and 253 pound-feet of torque. A new eight-speed transmission sheds some pounds thanks to the use of aluminum parts.
The 2017 Cadenza comes in three trims. The base Premium model comes with more standard equipment, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
A Technology trim level adds a suite of advanced driver assistance and convenience features. It bumps the price up to nearly $40,000. New features include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection. Forward Collision Warning, Surround View Monitor, Blind Spot Detection and High Beam assist. LED headlights are also new.
The top-of-the-line, loaded SXL Limited trim will go for around $45,000. You’ll get a Cadenza-first Head-Up Display on it along with soft Nappa leather trim seating, a Smart Power Trunk, heated outboard rear seats and unique Dark Satin 19-inch alloy wheels. Panoramic sunroofs are a popular feature these days so Kia’s added that option on the Premium for another $1,000.
A luxury package you can also tack on to the Premium model includes power folding outside mirrors, a Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound premium audio system, and HomeLink rearview mirror with integrated compass. Added safety tech includes Blind Spot Detection2 with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Parking Assist System2.
The 2017 Kia Cadenza arrives in dealers later this month.