The Kia Cadenza is known for being a stylish and spacious sedan as well as one leaning very close to a luxury premium sedan. Some would even call it the second luxury vehicle in the Kia Motors sedan lineup, next to the K900. A great family car isn’t the first thing to come to mind, but as luck would have it, that’s exactly what some institutions think. Recently, the 2018 Kia Cadenza was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for winning the “Best Large Car for Families” award. That makes this year the second consecutive year for the Kia Cadenza to take home the honor.
Again, one wouldn’t immediately guess the Kia Cadenza is a family car. Right off the bat, leather upholstery is a lineup standard, in addition to heated front seats, a Smart Key with push-button start, smart shift and drive with three driving modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-defrost system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. What kind of driver wants to risk that smooth leather seating with food stains, puke, and drool? The exterior is also pretty upscale with heated exterior mirrors, solar control glass to keep the cabin from heating up, a sound-absorbing windshield and front door windows, LED rear combination lamps, automatic headlamps, a smart trunk, and integrated dual exhaust in chrome for a little style.
Alas, the large premium sedan is said to be a “family car,” and not just by Kia Motors.
“Plenty of large cars can handle family duty, but none do it as well as the Kia Cadenza. The Cadenza’s cabin has the space for car seats, but the kind of finishes that impress adults … It also offers available features, like a surround view camera, rear sunshades, a hands-free trunk and heated rear seats that you typically find on SUVs or luxury cars.” – Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report.
Kia Motors of course throws in its two cents while receiving the award.
“Winning a Best Car for Families award for the second consecutive year demonstrates our relentless commitment to building world-class vehicles tailored to all types of consumers … The Cadenza’s winning combination of high-tech safety and convenience features, spacious interior and stylish design appeals to all members of the family. Add its incredible value into the equation, and the Cadenza is hard to overlook.” – Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America .
The award doesn’t come easy, either. To choose the award winners, U.S. News & World Report looked at 126 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently available to buy or lease. Eleven automotive classes are formed for each reward, and within each of the eleven automotive classes, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category. This composite score is made up of safety, seating and cargo volume, reliability, and the availability of family-friendly features.
Those family-friendly features include UVO eServices with SiriusXM and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, a standard on all 2018 Kia Cadenza trims. The main difference between the three 2018 Kia Cadenza trims (Premium, and Technology, and Limited) is that the latter two trims come with UVO eServices on an 8-inch touchscreen with HD Radio and Navigation, a wireless smartphone charger, and the Limited trim gets a Harman/Kardon 12-speaker system with QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound w/ Clari-Fi™ (optional on the Premium trim).
Eight competitors were in the large sedan class, and the 2018 Kia Cadenza came on top due to its elegant design and luxurious amenities across all three trim levels. The MSRP is modest, starting at $32,290 to $44,690 (plus destination). What may constitute more to make this a family car would be the advanced available safety features. These consist of a surround view monitor, (smart) blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, a rear parking assist system, autonomous emergency braking, advanced smart cruise control, a forward collision warning system, and a lane departure warning system. They’re all a great way to keep precious cargo safe from all sides.
Expecting a bundle of joy or just want to get the kids safe from point A to point B? We carry the 2018 Kia Cadenza in our inventory at Miami Lakes Automall.