Test Drive: Kia Cadenza
Impressive luxury is now available at a more than reasonable cost.
Kia has done an incredible job with the Cadenza. They’ve managed to engineer a truly refined sedan, pack it full of amenities, and offer it at a price that is hard to beat.
Surprisingly quiet, comfortable and smooth, the 2016 Cadenza is perfect for any fleet where quality is a must, luxury is desired, but not in an overstated manner, and not with a sky-is-the-limit budget in mind. You can get all the bells and whistles with a Cadenza, and still have enough left over to take the accountant out for lunch.
For 2016, the Cadenza is available in three versions – Cadenza, Cadenza Premium, and Cadenza Tech. Even the entry level version comes with leather seats, heated and power adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood grain trim, wood grain accents throughout, an Infinity 12-speaker sound system, GPS, Bluetooth hands-free, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and so much more.
A move up to the Cadenza Premium line offers even more creature comforts, including heated rear seats, cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power rear sunshade blind, and more.
The Cadenza Tech package includes larger wheels and tires, along with extras like LED fog lights, hydrophobic glass on the front doors for improved visibility when it rains, a rear armrest with its very own USB charger, a blind spot warning system, and an electronic parking brake.
All trim levels come with the same robust powerplant – a 3.3L GDI V6 coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It puts out 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, and is surprisingly quiet – both in the city and on the open road.
Kia has packed every trim level with must-haves and wants, setting themselves head-and-shoulders above the crowd.
The interior is inviting, luxurious and refined. It’s also extremely quiet, even at highway speeds. Truly impressive is the amount of legroom the Cadenza affords rear seat passengers – somewhere between a limo and a regular sedan.
Kia has done a splendid job with the Cadenza. Regardless of the trim level, this first-class sendan offers an irresistible combination of quality, luxury, a great ride, and a great price. If all of the above are important to you as a fleet manager, make sure to add the 2016 Cadenza to your selector this year.
VEHICLE: 2016 Kia Cadenza
PRICE RANGE: Starting at between $37,995 – $45,595
PRICE AS TESTED: $41,995
ENGINE OPTIONS: Available only with 3.3L GDI V6
TRANSMISSION OPTIONS: Available only with 6-speed Sportmatic automatic
ENGINE/TRANSMISSION (AS TESTED): 3.3L GDI V6 / 6-speed Sportmatic automatic
NOTEWORTHY FEATURES ON TEST VEHICLE: Heated steering wheel, more than generous rear legroom
FUEL ECONOMY (ADVERTISED): 12.7 L/100 km (city), 8.4 L/100 km (hwy)
FUEL ECONOMY (AS TESTED): 12.0 L/100 km (city)
COMPETITION: Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima