You'd be forgiven if you forgot the Kia Cadenza — Kia's full-size sedan — still exists. Among premium vehicles, sedans have been losing ground against SUVs and, let's face it, Kia isn't a name synonymous with luxury. The automaker's hoping the 2020 Kia Cadenza changes that perception with fresh styling and new features.
First off, the 2020 Cadenza lineup is pared down to the Technology and Limited trims. The previous Premium base model has been discontinued. The big sedan also receives a slight exterior update with revised front and rear fascias that incorporate LED lighting.
More significant changes were saved for the interior, with a redesigned dash that is more horizontally oriented. The dash's width is further accentuated with a new 12.3-inch touchscreen and relocated air vents and climate controls. The new infotainment system will support multiple Bluetooth connections, three additional USB ports and a 10-watt wireless charging pad.
Also new for 2020 is a more complete suite of standard advanced safety features that includes frontal collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic vehicle speed adjustment for curves and posted limits, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, passenger exit warnings and automatic high beams.
The same 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission return for 2020. New subframes and 19-inch resonator wheels aim to reduce interior noise, while retuned dampers should improve the ride quality.