- Full-size sedan with luxury aspirations
- Very well outfitted, long standard features list
- EPA estimated 28 mpg on the highway
A full-size sedan that offers plenty of luxury for its price, the 2015 Kia Cadenza returns mostly unchanged for the new model year.
The five-seat Cadenza made its debut in 2014, representing Kia’s re-entry into the full-size market. For 2015, changes are minimal, with the shuffling of some features on the options list and the addition of a power front passengers seat and the rear armrest now offers a USB port so rear seat passengers can also charge their devices.
The Cadenza has taut, athletic exterior styling that hides its size very well; seeing the Cadenza on the road, it doesn’t look like a full-size sedan. Sharp creases in the hood feed down into a chrome-ringed version of Kia’s signature pinched grille. Kia’s headlight clusters are now some of the most attractive in the whole industry and projector headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard, while a HID setup is optional. Automatic headlights and power-folding, heated side mirrors are standard, along with 18-inch alloy wheels. Larger 19-inch, wheels are optional, as is a panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, the Cadenza only offers one powertrain configuration: a 293-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A four-wheel independent suspension offers a smooth ride, and electric power steering also makes an appearance which helps fuel economy slightly. The Cadenza gets an EPA estimate 19/28 mpg city/highway on regular gas.
The 2015 Cadenza’s cabin is filled with standard features and high quality materials laid out in a standard, traditional format. With its full-size wheelbase, the Cadenza offers plenty of room for passengers in the front and the rear. Standard features include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control with separate vents for the rear passengers, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system with live traffic updates and an eight-inch touchscreen, and Kia’s UVO infotainment system. A seven-inch customizable display in the instrument panel is optional, as are Nappa leather seating surfaces, heated front and rear seats, and a power-adjustable steering column.
The latest in safety technology is also available on the 2015 Cadenza. Forward sensors and cameras power optional features like lane departure warnings and advanced smart cruise control. Also available are blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alerts. Standard safety features include eight airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a rearview camera.