It wasn't so long ago that full-size sedans like the 2018 Kia Cadenza near Rio Rancho were the epitome of American luxury. However, drivers' tastes have changed, and crossover SUVs have slowly but surely surpassed large sedans as the vehicles of choice. However, those who don't want a tall ride height or cargo room can still benefit from the luxuries a sedan provides. For the same price as a modestly appointed crossover, a driver can get into a car like the 2018 Kia Cadenza, which is full of technology and safety features that make every ride a pleasure. Read on to learn more about this year's Cadenza model.



A Fresh Redesign

The Cadenza was completely redesigned last year, and little has changed for 2018. Although the first iteration of the car was great, we didn't think its ride was quite as plush as it should be. The 2018 Cadenza's ride quality is greatly improved, and there's less harshness from bumps in the road. The cabin looks luxurious and, in some cases, it may even steer a buyer away from a new Lincoln or Lexus.


What We Recommend

Kia dealers like to sell the 2018 Kia Cadenza near Rio Rancho NM as a price-conscious alternative to well-known luxury makes, and drivers should outfit it accordingly. We suggest skipping the base model and opting for the mid-level Technology trim, which includes features from the base model along with vented seats, additional front seat lumbar supports, and LED headlamps. The Luxury trim is appropriately named, but it's considerably more costly than the Technology model and does not add much to the vehicle.


Features and Trim Levels

The 2018 Kia Cadenza near Rio Rancho NM is a full-size sedan that offers plenty of room for all occupants. Even in the lowest trim level, the Premium edition, the Cadenza is well appointed and reasonably priced. The two available option packages are combined into the Technology package, while the top-tier Limited model may make passengers believe they're riding in an expensive German luxury car. There's only one engine available, but it's a 3.3L V6 that puts out 290hp and 253 lb. ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with standard front-wheel drive.


Drive Quality

Under the hood of the Kia Cadenza is the aforementioned 3.3L V6. It's been carried over from the last generation. The transmission is focused on fuel economy and, while it's not as spirited as some rivals, it certainly gets things done. Acceleration is adequate, and passing is sufficient as well. The 2018 Cadenza can go from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds, which is competitive for the class.



The Kia Cadenza is focused on comfort, and it performs that function quite well. We liked the quiet cabin, especially at highway speeds, and the car's climate controls are very effective. While the ride isn't the most refined, it's perfectly suited to road trips.



The Cadenza's cabin can best be described as cavernous. There's sufficient room for rear and front passengers, and even when the driver's seat is leaned back, it won't hit the rear seat passenger's knees. The quality of the materials used in the cabin is very impressive, and it makes drivers think they're getting a great value for the money.



The Cadenza is full of storage spaces, including door pockets and a roomy glove compartment. The trunk is spacious compared to others in the class, and the rear seat does not fold to enlarge the cargo area. However, the trunk is so big that it's not really necessary.


Tech Features

The Kia Cadenza is loaded with the latest technology features including adaptive cruise controls, parking cameras, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system is well structured, and the navigation system is precise.

The 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system sounds great, with an expansive volume range and virtual surround sound effects. The Limited and Technology trims add a wireless charging pad under the center console, and there are two USB ports near the center console. Visit Kia dealers near Rio Rancho for more details.


Driver Aids

The adaptive cruise control system holds the vehicle's speed well, and it's quick to reapply acceleration if another vehicle turns or changes lanes. The lane departure warning system is sensitive, but that's not a bad thing. The Kia's voice recognition system is evolving, and most drivers elect to use their smartphone's voice recognition instead, through Siri's EyesFree.

While there are many other cars in the luxury sedan segment, none are as good a value as the Kia Cadenza. This vehicle combines a plush interior, refined exterior touches, and great fuel efficiency into one unbeatable package. It's available at Kia dealers everywhere, and it's a compelling value even for those who don't necessarily want a luxury sedan. We recommend it for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is its style and sensibility. For more information, call Rio Rancho area KIA Dealerships, or stop by to test drive the new Kia Cadenza today.  

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