Under the hood is a revised version of Kia’s 3.3-liter V6 engine, which has been retuned for improved fuel economy. With 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft. of torque on tap, the engine sends power to the front wheels via Kia’s first FWD-based eight-speed automatic transmission. The newly developed transmission is highly efficient, providing quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging driving experience through the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra cogs, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the unit in the outgoing model.
Kia engineers also focused on durability and reliability during the development of the Cadenza. Running the V6 at full power and under full-load conditions for 41 consecutive days equates to more than 100,000 miles of real-world use, providing owners with the confidence that the 2019 Kia Cadenza is built for the long haul. The standard 18-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in P245/45R18 tires while the available 19-inch alloy wheels are shod with aggressive P245/40R19 Michelin tires. Behind the wheels, larger brake rotors improve overall braking performance and feel, with the front brakes increased from 11 to 12 inches, and the rears having grown marginally from 11 to 11.1 inches.
Transverse 3.3L V6 DOHC Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Bore x stroke (mm)
92.0 x 83.8
Horsepower (SAE net)
290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net)
253 lb.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm
DOHC, 24 valves
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Unleaded Gasoline (Regular 87 or higher)
Emission Control System
Unleaded Fuel (87 octane)
Liquid cooled circulation, centrifugal accessory belt driven water pump
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)
Electronically controlled 8-speed automatic overdrive with Sportmatic and Smart Shift and Drive
Front Engine / Front-Wheel Drive
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
EPA-est Fuel Economy (MPG)
20 city/27 highway/23 combined
The interior is fill with higher quality materials than the preceding model and higher levels of craftsmanship throughout. Like the exterior, the 2019 Kia Cadenza soft interior contours are offset by sheared surfaces. Kia designers visually widened the Cadenza’s interior space with a wraparound dashboard that flows into the door panels and features real stitching. The door panels themselves have been adorned with higher quality soft-touch materials, while soft leather envelopes the Cadenza’s cabin space. Nappa leather trim is available with quilted seat bolsters accented by diamond-shaped stitching. For 2017, buyers have greater opportunity to customize their Cadenza, as a dark brown leather trim interior color has been added, bringing the total number of color combinations to four. Like the outgoing model, the White Package remains an option, but has been upgraded with a new black wood-grain-style trim finished with a pearlescent sheen.
Using 3D printed components, improvements were made throughout the cabin to ensure a more engaging driving experience. Early in the design process, 3D printed components provided a sense of how parts feel and respond to the human touch. The driver’s seat has been lowered for a sportier and more stable feeling, while engineers extended the seat cushion slightly and developed an innovative cushion extension mechanism that slides and rotates, making it easier for drivers to find their comfort zone behind the wheel. The heating elements used for the seat warmers have been reengineered to more evenly distribute warmth, and as a Kia first, seat heaters now utilize a smart control system to automatically lower the heater operating mode after a certain period of time.
16 cu. ft.
Curb weight: (lbs.)
Premium: 3,633 - 3,728
Technology: 3,770 - 3,799
Limited: 3,770 - 3,799
TRIM LEVELS AND PRICING
The 2019 Kia Cadenza is a large sedan that offered in three trim levels: the base Premium, Technology and Limited. The Premium trim is loaded with features such as 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated and power-folding mirrors with puddle lamps, hands-free trunk opening, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats (with driver two-way lumbar adjustment), a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio, two USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Technology adds 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic high-beam control, a different grille, a panoramic sunroof, LED cabin lighting, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and HD radio. Also included are adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping assist system, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The 2019 Kia Cadenza Limited trim include all of the above along with unique wheels, automatic wipers with a de-icing function, a power-operated trunklid, a power-adjustable steering wheel with paddle shifters, a head-up display, an upgraded driver information screen, upgraded cabin trim, upgraded leather upholstery, a 10-way driver seat (with four-way lumbar adjustment), two-way lumbar adjustment for the front passenger, driver-seat memory functions, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, side rear sunshades, a power rear sunshade, a 360-degree parking camera, and lane departure warning.
MSRP for all 2019 Kia Cadenza is as follow:
*Exclude destination charge: $995.00