2018 Kia Cadenza
- Well-equipped for the price, especially in the base Premium trim
- Vast amount of legroom allows all passengers to stretch out
- Generous warranty coverage
- Lots of available advanced safety features
- Headroom is a bit tight for tall occupants (especially with sunroof)
- The ride isn't as composed as in segment leaders
- Trunk is smaller than rivals, and rear seats don't fold down
- From acceleration to handling, the Cadenza isn't much fun to drive
2018 Kia Cadenza pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Cadenza does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Sedan sales have been eroded by the popularity of crossover SUVs of late, but there are shoppers who don't require the cargo solutions or tall seating position they provide. If you're one of them, a large sedan such as the 2018 Kia Cadenza is simply a more suitable choice.
Among large sedans, the Kia Cadenza skews heavily toward comfort and space for its passengers. The Cadenza made a big leap forward in its ride comfort and the quality of the cabin materials when it was redesigned in 2017, and it carries into 2018 unchanged. Its interior has a premium vibe — especially considering the car's reasonable price — and legroom is plentiful for all occupants. Its acceleration and handling won't quicken your pulse, so if you're a driving enthusiast you might be left wanting for more. Otherwise, the 2018 Cadenza's intersection of value, space and luxury makes it worthy of your attention.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Kia Cadenza is a large sedan that offers an abundance of room for all its occupants. Even in its base Premium form, the Cadenza is well-equipped for what we think is a very reasonable price. Its available Luxury package is incorporated into the Technology trim, along with a few other desirable additions. And the top-trim Limited just might fool your passengers into thinking they're riding in a Lexus. There's one powertrain available: a 3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower, 253 pound-feet of torque) that's matched to an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive.
The base Premium trim is loaded with features, including 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, hands-free trunk opening, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats (with driver two-way lumbar adjustment), a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio and two USB ports.
The Premium is available with the Luxury package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, LED cabin lighting, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. This package also includes rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and advanced blind-spot monitoring.
The Technology is one level up, adding the contents of the Luxury package, along with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic wipers, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, a 10-way driver's seat (with four-way lumbar adjustment), two-way lumbar adjustment for the front passenger, ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory settings and wireless phone charging. The Technology also gets you forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
You can't go any higher than the Limited trim, which has all of the Technology trim's equipment plus a power-operated trunklid, a head-up display, side rear sunshades, a power rear sunshade, upgraded leather upholstery and heated rear seats.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out5
Child safety seat accommodation4.5
Audio & navigation4.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Cadenza safety features:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Automatically applies the brakes if a front collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian is deemed imminent.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Detects whether a vehicle is in the left- or right-side blind spot and sounds an alert if the turn signal is engaged.
- Lane Change Assist
- Alerts the driver if vehicles in adjacent lanes are approaching.
2018 Kia Cadenza for Sale
It takes a bit of nerve to draw a bead on the well-established leaders in the large sedan market, but the 2018 Kia Cadenza stakes its claim with sophisticated design, a spacious and refined cabin, and a host of the latest technology and safety features. Shoppers looking for a near-luxury four-door that brings everything but a high price tag would do well to add the Cadenza to their test-drive list. They may be surprised by the Kia's upscale interior appointments, long list of standard equipment, and quiet, comfort-tuned ride.
The Kia Cadenza was all-new last year, and it distinguishes itself from its predecessor with its sleeker, more elegant design, cleaner lines and rakish fender flares. It still retains some characteristic Kia hallmarks, such as the unique "tiger nose" grille. There's also a smoother ride, improved handling, and a softer, more luxurious interior.
The only available powerplant is a 3.3-liter V6 — carried over from the previous generation — that produces 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque and drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Although unremarkable in the class, it gets the job done in a smooth, quiet manner. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway).
On the road, the Cadenza admirably fulfills its mission of providing a comfortable, relaxed ride. The suspension system, upgraded from the outgoing model, is nevertheless focused on ride comfort rather than sporting pretensions. That said, handling is serviceable, with good straight-line stability and a decent amount of feedback through turns. An available drive-mode selector, with settings that include Comfort and Sport, allows drivers to fine-tune responsiveness to some degree.
Inside the cabin is where the 2018 Cadenza really stands out. Front-seat occupants enjoy a generous amount of head-, legroom and shoulder room, while those in back enjoy truly class-leading space. Its materials and design are appropriately upscale, with piano black and wood trim and the choice of four available decor themes. Standard technology includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity, and many more such features are available as options. Furthermore, the Cadenza boasts one of the largest trunks in its segment.
The base Premium trim level comes equipped with such appointments as leather upholstery, multi-zone climate control and heated seats. The Technology level adds a number of convenience features, and the top-of-the-line Limited trim packs in more of those, plus several additional luxury touches. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2018 Kia Cadenza that best meets your needs.
2018 Kia Cadenza Overview
The 2018 Kia Cadenza is offered in the following submodels: Cadenza Sedan. Available styles include Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A), Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A), and Technology 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Kia Cadenza?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Cadenza and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Cadenza 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Cadenza.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Cadenza and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Cadenza featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Cadenza?
2018 Kia Cadenza Technology 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 Kia Cadenza Technology 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,190. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Cadenza Technology 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,745 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,745 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,445.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Cadenza Technology 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is9.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Kia Cadenza Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,590. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $5,834 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,834 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,756.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is12.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 3 2018 Kia Cadenza Limited 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Kia Cadenza Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 Kia Cadenza Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,410. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Cadenza Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,724 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,724 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,686.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Cadenza Premium 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl 8A) is14.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Kia Cadenza?
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