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In keeping with this year's geopolitical tone of the Korean peninsula reconciliation if not unification, automakers Hyundai / Kia has cut Azera out of the picture an affords Americans a sole large barge from Seoul: the  2018 Kia Cadenza.

 

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2018 Kia Cadenza highlights (2017 MY tested):

- Starting price, including destination = $32,890 base front-drive gas V-6, 8-speed automatic. As-tested Limited = $45,590

- Splits difference between Optima family sedan and K900 luxo-barge, yet equals K900's cabin space (due to Cadenza's transverse front drive powertrain);

- Tiger nose from previous generation Cadenza replaced with toothy vertical slat grille grin. Amber LED DRLs form a Zorro's "Z". Coke bottle fuselage lower cladding and duck-tail mid trunk are splashed with chrome bands. Thinner rear tail-lamps and relocation of license plate housing to lower bumper render a more slender posterior.

- Instruments = bright TFT twin analog gauges; Controls = neatly spaced and bezeled climate and audio center stack; Tactilely pleasing & functionally distinctive switchgear;  8.0"-inch touch LCD tri-split media screen = dashtop embedded, accessible and intuitive; Infotainment menus = +1 logical; Android Auto/ Apple Car Play are included. Embellishments are either piano gloss black; Soft panels populate above knee cabin finish.

- Stunning diamond quilted leathers + microsuede headliner and parcel shelf = a "W" Marriott business center cabin; Front buckets favor accommodation over bolstering but feature an available driver's front knee extender. The only way to extend the sufficiently large trunk is via the rear seat center armrest pass through.

- Naturally aspirated 3.3L transverse V-6 engine + 8-speed automatic gearbox = good starting grunt and an overall syrupy character;

- Steering wind has improved linearity over Gen.1;  Predictably soft springing + less hasty rebound damping makes for a pillow's ride; Roll and dive emerge in sudden trajectory or elevation changes; 4-wheel disc binders = progressive in action.

- observed 22 MPG combined surpasses EPA estimates.

- SAFETY = 9 Airbags; IIHS Top Safety Pick; Standard rear camera w/ predictive grid; Available: blind spot, lane departure, rear cross traffic warning, lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display and auto high-beam lights.

- INCLUDED = Leather seats w/ power front heated, keyless comfort entry & ignition, proximity trunk release, soft close power windows w/ front full express, 7" touch LCD infotainment display w/ Bluetooth handsfree communications & UVO3 apps & telematics, 2-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror

- AVAILABLE = proximity power trunk release & side mirror retract, heated power tilt / telescoping steering wheel, power backlight sunshade, cooled front seats w/ driver's 2-position memory, knee extension, heated rear seats, panoramic moonroof

2018 Kia Cadenza = SOLE LARGE FAMILY BARGE FROM SOLE

 

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