|The 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited.|
Part of the problem, as I wrote at the time, was that Kia was promoting the '14 Cadenza as a luxury car when, in fact, what they'd built was a very good full-size family sedan with several features usually found on more upscale cars. Commendable, especially at $35,100, but not a luxury car. Even with another six grand-plus worth of options that took the bottom line to $41,900.
|2017 Kia Cadenza Limited.|
The tried-and-true 3.3-liter V6 is still under the hood, but this time it's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA fuel economy estimate is now 20 city/28 highway, which is good for a large car.
Ours was the Cadenza Limited (which is what it says on the window sticker...the trunk badge says "SXL"...same thing). One price ($44,390), tons of standard equipment:
- 19-inch dark satin alloy wheels
- Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents
- Navigation with an eight-inch color touchscreen and rear camera
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- A Harmon Kardon premium audio system with Clari-Fi
- A three-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
- Nappa leather seat trim
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated rear outboard seats
- Pushbutton start
- Smart key
- Smart power trunk
- Power tilt/telescope steering column with memory
- Power rear window sunshades (manual shades for the back doors)
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Forward collision warning system
- Smart blind spot detection system/Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane departure warning system
- Rear parking assist and surround-view mirror
- LED headlights and fog lamps
- Panoramic sunroof
- Auto-sensing windshield wipers
- Power folding heated mirrors with LED turn lights
|2017 Kia Cadenza Limited interior.|
And inside, a level of fit and finish combined with a re-designed instrument panel that looks like it belongs in an upscale sedan. It is the second sedan this year that made me feel like I was in something truly special. The other was the Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription, which cost $66,105. The Cadenza Limited, with $900 inland freight and handling, comes to $45,290. I still want the Volvo. But I'd be more than fine with the Cadenza in the driveway and $20,815 in the bank.
It's that type of value equation that could break the luxury market open for Kia. The time may be right.