Buyer's Guide

2019 Kia Cadenza
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Limited Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 20 / 27 mpg
Safety (IIHS) Best Pick
Horsepower 290@6,400
Torque 253@5,200
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2019 Kia Cadenza MODEL OVERVIEW


  • A feeling of exclusivity
  • Commodious and comfortable interior
  • Elegant exterior styling


  • Definitely not a sports car
  • Not slow, but not quick, either

New for 2019

The Kia Cadenza enters 2019 with minor technology and safety system updates.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Cadenza is Kia's full-sized sedan, slotting above the front-wheel drive Optima. It offers a more sedate and luxurious driving experience than the similarly sized and priced GT-oriented Stinger.

2019 Cadenza Premium: The base Cadenza comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, and Smart Trunk.

2019 Cadenza Technology: Moving up to the Technology trim gets you 19-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a power-operated tilt/telescoping steering column, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless phone charging, rear parking sensors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2019 Cadenza Limited: Limited models add a 360-degree-view camera system, a head-up display, Power Smart Trunk, heated outboard rear seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and a power rear sunshade.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2019 Cadenza is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/27 mpg city/highway.


The 2019 Kia Cadenza is rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, receiving a rating of Good in all categories, except for an Average rating for its headlight performance. The Cadenza received a front crash prevention designation of Superior by the IIHS, with tests performed on a Cadenza equipped with automatic emergency braking. The Cadenza fully avoided a collision in both the 12-mph low-speed autobrake and 25-mph high-speed autobrake tests.

All Cadenzas come standard with blind-spot collision warning with lane change assist, lane keep assist, and park distance warning. Technology and Limited trims add automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear cross-traffic collision warning, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, automatic high-beams, lane departure warning, and driver attention warning. Limited models add a head-up display and a surround-view monitor.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

As the only front-drive full-sized sedan in Buick's lineup, the Cadenza has spacious room for five. Front- and rear-seat legroom is 45.5 and 37.2 inches, respectively. Trunk space measures 16 cubic feet.


Standard on the Cadenza is a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, eight speakers, one USB port, and Kia's UVO telematics suite. Cadenza Technology and Limited trims gain a wireless charging pad, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with HD Radio, as well as a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

What We Think

This is definitely a car that has no sporting pretentions. Get frisky like we did in our 2017 First Drive, and discover that it "takes work to drive quickly on narrow twisting roads."

But when viewed in a specific context, the Kia Cadenza excels. In a First Test of the 2017 Cadenza, we said that "In terms of commodious accommodation, coddling luxury, and sensory deprivation, Kia is the leader." Although it might rank near the bottom in terms of sales figures, that only added to the allure: "Isn't the true mark of an exclusive luxury car that you don't see yourself coming and going at every stoplight?"

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