Its charming good looks and trimmer dimensions make the Cadenza a catch in a segment of hefty sedans, and clever convenience features make it feel as if you spent more than you did.
What’s New for 2018?
Why fix what’s not broken? The Cadenza’s exterior styling is unchanged for 2018, and it remains one of the more handsome sedans available in this segment.
2017 Kia Cadenza
The Cadenza strikes a balance between the biggest and smallest cars in this segment. Its just-right dimensions allow it to slide into parking spaces and garages easily.
Exterior Measurement Comparisons
Starting with its angled headlamps, lightning-bolt LED daytime running lights, and concave grille, the Cadenza’s good looks continue along the lightly sculpted body. If you’re a fan of bright colors, you’ll be disappointed by the earth tones that are available for the exterior, but we think they complement the car’s subtle design. The Cadenza’s smart key fob has a few tricks up its sleeve, too. Stand behind the Cadenza for a moment with the fob, and the trunk will power open. The car will also illuminate the door handles and turn on puddle lights at night when it senses the fob’s proximity. The approach lighting is standard on the Technology and Limited trims.
Active Key-Fob Commands
|Lock / unlock||Trunk||Remote start||Panic alarm||Hold to roll down windows||Hold to roll up windows||Remote parking|
|2017 Kia Cadenza SXL||X||X||X|
Passive Key-Fob Commands
|Driver door lock / unlock||Passenger door lock / unlock||Rear doors lock / unlock||Trunk||Push to start||Proximity approach lighting|
|2017 Kia Cadenza SXL||X||X||X||X||X||X|
When it comes to warranties, few manufacturers can compete with Kia (and its sister company, Hyundai). Five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance is better than average, but Cadenza buyers must fend for themselves when it comes to complimentary scheduled maintenance.
For more on what you need to know about warranties, read here.
What’s New for 2018?
The Cadenza’s warranty coverage is the same for 2018 as it was for 2017.
|Vehicle||Limited Warranty||Powertrain Warranty||Hybrid Component Warranty||Corrosion Protection||Roadside Assistance||Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance|
|2017 Kia Cadenza||5 years / 60,000 miles||10 years / 100,000 miles*||N/A||5 years / 100,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles||None|
|2017 Nissan Maxima||3 years / 36,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles||N/A||5 years (unlimited miles)||3 years / 36,000 miles||None|
|2017 Buick LaCrosse||4 years / 50,000 miles||6 years / 70,000 miles||N/A||4 years / 50,000 miles||6 years / 70,000 miles||2 years / 24,000 miles (two visits)|
|2017 Toyota Avalon||3 years / 36,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles||8 years / 100,000 miles||5 years (unlimited miles)||2 years (unlimited miles)||2 years / 25,000 miles|
|2017 Chevrolet Impala||3 years / 36,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles||N/A||6 years / 100,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles||2 years / 24,000 miles (two visits)|