Packing plenty of gear into an attractive package and offering it at a reasonable price have been the keys to Kia’s success. There’s no better example of this philosophy than the Cadenza. The full-size sedan leans toward the luxury side with plenty of content and power, wrapped in conservatively-styled sheetmetal. The “Diamond Butterfly” grille on the base model looks like those on other Kias, while the “Intaglio” version found on upper trims appears Maserati-inspired. The body is attached to a platform that Kia says is lighter and about 35 percent stiffer than on the pre-2017 version. The standard V-6, rated at 290 horsepower, ships a maximum of 253 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels by way of a Kia-designed eight-speed automatic transmission. The only sticking point is the lack of all-wheel-drive availability. An extensive list of dynamic safety technologies heads the list of options, along with premium leather seat covers, 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system and a head-up information display.

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