The Cadenza is all new! Even more refined that earlier models, this sedan is one of the last few great large sedans. The market used to be completely saturated with sedans of this size, but over the last decade, fewer and fewer car makers are focusing on this type of sedan and are instead making smaller, lighter vehicles, though not always with cheaper price tags. Now, large sedans like the Cadenza make up only about 2% of the total vehicle market, and though those numbers are expected to decline, there is no denying that the Cadenza is still a great buy.
What can you expect from the 2017 Kia Cadenza?
- A lighter, more rigid, and stronger steel body that both makes the car safer in an accident and more fuel efficient.
- A more sophisticated and stylish interior that has been hand-crafted.
- An eight speed automatic transmission that makes your vehicle more fun to drive and more efficient to drive, too.
This year’s Cadenza is intended to be an affordable luxury vehicle, complete with the technology that you have come to expect from Kia and the bold design that makes it stand out on the road. This is only the second generation of the Cadenza, and we are seeing mass improvements over what was already a very luxurious, stylish, powerful machine. The stronger body and the enhancements made to the powertrain improve handling and control, making this a vehicle that you will love to drive.
The biggest draw of the Cadenza, however, is the appearance. This is a car that oozes refinement. It was designed with the intention of injecting a little more flair and beauty into a segment of the car industry that has been seriously lacking of late. Every part of the Cadenza has been improved, including the interior.
The Elegance of the Exterior
The exterior of the Cadenza was designed at the brand’s design studio in California, where some of the most iconic vehicles in the lineup have been designed, including the Soul. With an effort to make the Cadenza as high end as possible, there was a focus on making it look modern and making it look confident. The core concept behind the exterior design was following a straight line. The designers wanted it to be simple, but they also wanted it to be powerful. This was the best and the simplest way to embody both of those concepts. With just a single contour, over the entire length of the car, the Cadenza is the embodiment of sleekness. Even the placement of the headlights has been carefully considered, to make the car just as striking during the day as it is at night.
Looking at the vehicle head on, you will see the brand new fascia. While the Cadenza still sports the signature nose grille that every Kia has, this vehicle has cut it into a hexagon, creating much more visual interest. The grille itself is concave, curving in towards the engine, which makes the vehicle almost look like it is smiling. There are actually two different grilles available of the Cadenza, one for higher trim levels and one for lower trim levels. On the lower trims, the grill comes with the same grille that most of the other Kia vehicles come with. The higher trims have an entirely different grille, made out of blades that are attached to the vehicle vertically.
The taillights have a piano key affect, which make use of the vehicle’s emergency braking system, which flash when you are braking abruptly. With a z-shaped lighting pattern, you are sure to capture attention, even while driving at night. The vehicle has been highlighted with chrome details, especially on the lid of the trunk and the side mirrors, for just the right amount of flash.
A little bit wider and a little bit shorter, the 2017 model is the same length as the 2016 model, though the interior has been redesigned to ensure that leg room is maximized.
The Comfort of the Interior
Comfort was at the top of the list when redesigning the interior of the Cadenza, but that does not mean that it is not beautiful. Pains were taken to make sure that even higher quality materials were used than in the 2016 Cadenza and the designers carefully expanded the view of the interior space. The dashboard flows seamlessly into the door panels and real stitching is carried throughout the vehicle. Leather is used not just on the seats, but all over the cabin, to give it a truly luxurious feel.
One of the best aspects of the 2017 Cadenza is the ability for buyers to customize the interiors of their vehicles. You might want to add Nappa leather trim to your quilted seats. You might select to have all of your seats in a dark, rich brown leather. You might select, instead, the premium White Package.
Many of the components in the cabin have been 3D printed, expertly made, with an emphasis on ergonomics. The lowering of the seats ensures that the driver feels firmly planted in the vehicle and gives the interior of the vehicle a much sportier appearance. Even the heating elements in the vehicle have been redesigned to make sure that the heat is dispersed throughout the car much more evenly.
The Bottom Line
Packed with the very best technology that Kia has to offer, along with modern, beautiful, and functional styling, the 2017 Cadenza is a force to be reckoned with.