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2019 Kia Cadenza Introduction

The affordable 2019 Kia Cadenza might fairly be considered a luxury sedan. The Cadenza has a huge amount of interior space, a comfortable ride, and impressive standard and optional equipment and technology. It’s unchanged for 2019 except for updates to the infotainment system and the addition of active safety features.

There is just one powertrain, a quiet and refined 3.3-liter V-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Its 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque provides enough power for relaxed driving. It’s intended to be comfortable, not sporty, so the handling is on the soft side; but the surprising steering system is firmer and tighter than might be expected.

The EPA rates the Cadenza at 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined, on regular gas. Many rivals with a V-6 require premium.

The NHTSA hasn’t crash-tested the Cadenza yet, but the IIHS gives it a Top Safety Pick rating, with its best “Good” scores in every test. It rates the available safety technology as “Superior,” although the headlights only “Acceptable” and the child seat anchors “Marginal” for ease of use.

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