2017 Kia Cadenza: His Turn-Her Turn™ Expert Car Review

Kia is transitioning quickly, they have been in the US Market for 20 years. Distinctive features include the tiger-nose grill. Cadenza was first introduced in 2013. In 2015, Kia grew into a global powerhouse. In 2016 Kia earned the spot for #1 on the J.D. Power Initial Quality award. Kia is launching 20 all-new redesigned vehicles including the 2017 Cadenza. They have sold 28,000 Cadenzas already, with growing interest.

“Good is never good enough,” the Cadenza was designed to be bold and stand out. The concept is inspired by the ‘tailored athlete,’ with a clean-cut masculine elegance, distinguished dynamism, sophistication, and restraint.

The Cadenza offers an increased wheelbase, width, and track distinctive concave grill, new z-shape in the headlights and tail lights.

Driver thigh cushion adjustment helps make the ride more comfortable along with improved seat heating technology to more evenly heat the seat and prevent hot spots and cold spots. Window screens are available in the back seat for passenger privacy. Harmon/Kardon audio system is also offered with a 12 speaker Quantum Logic surround system and Clari-Fi music restoration that greatly improved sound quality and evenness throughout the vehicle. A clean dash with minimal adornments is uncluttered and easy to use. The seats are made with quilted Nappa leather with genuine stitching.

Kia reinvented the Cadenza platform with: solid foundation, structural improvements, new lighter materials, and structural adhesives which help to create a more rigid and safer vehicle, better aerodynamics, better sound deadening throughout, and improved window technology.

The engine is a 3.3 liter direct injection V6 with 290 hp and 253 lb/ft of torque. It is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and FWD to reduce emissions.

Fuel economy for the Cadenza is 20 city/ 28 highway/ 23 combined

New Amplitude Selective Damping utilizes the shock absorbers to make the ride more smooth, especially when hitting rough sections of road. The shock absorbers will switch to separate oil reservoir to ensure you as the driver doesn’t feel that pothole you may have hit.
32-bit quick acting electronic steering makes you feel more connected to the road, while making steering more responsive in comparison to older electronic steering technologies.

The Cadenza offers more passenger room than all segment competitors at 107.8 feet squared.

The 2017 Kia Cadenza comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a color head-up display (a Cadenza first), and wireless phone charging.

New Advanced Smart Cruise Control will bring the vehicle to a complete stop if needed.

New Smart Blindspot Detection, using lane-change mitigation technology will apply a small amount of brake pressure on one of the front wheels to tug the vehicle back into the lane.

The Cadenza comes in 3 trims:
Premium starts below $32,000, which is $1,000 less than the outgoing model.
Technology starts below $39,000
SXL starts below $44,000
18 inch and 19 inch wheels are available on all trims.
(prices are not finalized)

Where Kia’s Optima is a more youthful vehicle, the new Cadenza is mature and focused on a more executive feel with a bold and striking design.

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Destination: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Aired: September 16, 2016
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Comments

gene978 says:

LOLOLOL Bitching!

Steve Wise says:

Really like the car. One of the only things I don’t like, and this is true for many brands, there are zero phone or even a 12 volt charger in the back seat.

TheDoltonboy says:

The older guy has the ultimate radio voice

shopwithaaron says:

Nice take…as for styling…I love the overall elegance of the Kia brand. Stop and take a look at Lexus, Nissan and Toyota. Add a swoop, black out that C pillar or just make the face hideous! We love our Optimas!

J. Ward says:

background music needs to go

C-Wow says:

its not a his-her turn without the her…now its just a top gear

Oumar Douno says:

I own the 2014 model and I love it. Still turns heads to this day. I’ll get this one in 3 years after another sucker eats the depreciation.

Pinkpolo85 says:

Great review!!! But the back ground music, although nice, was a tad bit loud. Just being picky today!!!

Robert Williams says:

I would say that the looks are way better than the updated Optima. I would even say the exterior puts the Maxima to shame. I wish AWD was an option on this but I guess that’s why there is a new Genesis brand from Hyundai

Moosey1789 says:

Initial quality surveys are bunk. Number of problems in the first 100 days? C’mon. I drive a Kia Cadenza and problems start well after 100 days. Anyone can improve their quality control to withstand use for just over three months. It’s a bogus metric.

TheSpritz0 says:

I missed having Laura doing her half of the review!!!

Nomaan Basit says:

are there no DRLs on this car?

Why All The Fuss says:

The background music is little too much…

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