2020 Kia Cadenza Reviews

2020 Cadenza New Car Test Drive


The 2020 Kia Cadenza is a comfortable and spacious full-size sedan with excellent value. For 2020 the Cadenza gets fresh styling, bigger and better infotainment that's bright, crisp, and easy to use. Active safety features become standard equipment this year, too; they include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. 

The powertrain is unchanged for 2020, maintaining the 3.3-liter V-6 with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. It makes a solid 290 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, providing quiet and confident acceleration to go with the creamy ride. The handling is predictable if not engaging, with steering that's nice and firm. 

The Cadenza seats four comfortably and five in a pinch (but easily), with cabin materials that are very impressive. 

The V-6 engine is thirsty, bringing EPA ratings of just 20 mpg city, 28 highway, 23 combined on regular fuel. 

The 2020 Cadenza hasn't been crash tested, however the 2019 Cadenza received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. 


The 2020 Cadenza comes in two versions, Technology and Limited. The previous Premium trim has been discontinued. 

For less than $40,000, standard equipment on the updated Cadenza includes LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a redesigned instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch information display, a new 12.3-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three additional USB charging ports, and a full suite of active safety tech including automatic braking and adaptive cruise control with active lane control. 

Options include two new nappa leather choices, a multi-color ambient LED lighting system, 19-inch wheels, and more on the Limited trim. 

The warranty is outstanding: 5 years/60,000 miles, with 10-year/100,000-mile coverage for the powertrain. 

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