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2015 Kia Cadenza Review

The 2015 Kia Cadenza comes in near the top of our large car rankings. This well-rounded sedan boasts a strong engine and a luxurious interior with plenty of features.

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant cabin
  • Long list of standard features
  • High reliability and safety ratings
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Competitors are more fun to drive

New for 2015

  • Standard eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Technology package and sunroof became available in base model
  • Limited trim gained 360-degree parking camera and rear cross traffic alert




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Kia Cadenza Overview

Is the 2015 Kia Cadenza a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Cadenza is a good used large car. It has a capable V6 engine and delivers a supple ride. Inside, you'll find one of the nicest cabins in the class, with plenty of passenger space and a long list of tech features. The Cadenza also has good safety and reliability ratings, rounding out this Kia's list of appealing traits.

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Our Kia Cadenza review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 17 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Kia Cadenza?

Based on roughly 230 listings for the 2015 Kia Cadenza on our site, the average list price is $19,200. Prices range from $15,500 to $23,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Kia Cadenza Cost to Own?

The 2015 Kia Cadenza’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,100, or $5,220 per year. That’s about average for a large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Cadenza?

Pricing for the 2019 Kia Cadenza starts around $33,000. There are some notable differences between the 2019 and 2015 Cadenza models, and those changes go well beyond the interior and exterior styling updates from this sedan's 2017 redesign. The 2019 features more soft-touch cabin materials, a slightly larger trunk, and many more standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. The 2019 also offers a number of features you couldn't get in the 2015, such as wireless device charging, a head-up display, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The 2015 definitely costs less, but the 2019 has considerably more bells and whistles.

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There are no new large cars with starting MSRPs in the 2015 Cadenza's price range.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Cadenza Is Best?

Kia introduced the Cadenza as an all-new vehicle for the 2014 model year. The 2014 and 2015 models are similar, but the 2014 is likely to have a lower price. However, it may be easier to find safety features in the 2015 Cadenza. For 2015, the Cadenza was available with the Technology package. A 360-degree parking camera and rear cross traffic alert became available for 2015. For the Cadenza, 2016 was the final model year of a generation. The only notable changes for 2016 was the introduction of a new base trim. Between the three model years, the 2015 model delivers the best blend of features and value.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Kia Cadenza?

The 2015 Kia Cadenza has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Kia Cadenza Recalls

As of this writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 Kia Cadenza.

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Which Used Kia Cadenza Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Kia Cadenza is available in Premium and Limited trims. The features lists are roughly the same for both models, and the main differences is styling. The Limited has wood and chrome accents, chrome wheels, and other design cues. If you're looking for options that came standard in the Limited trim – such as a sunroof, Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated seats, and advanced safety tech – you could possibly find a Premium model equipped with them.

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What Does Kia's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Kia offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts after the five-year/60,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Every CPO Kia must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Kia has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Cadenza?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Cadenza the highest rating of Good in four crash tests.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard in the Cadenza. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive headlights.

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2015 Kia Cadenza Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Cadenza or 2015 Kia Optima?

The 2015 Kia Optima is a solid midsize car, but it doesn't meet the standards set by its larger sibling. The Optima will likely cost you less, but the Cadenza is roomier and more luxurious than the smaller Kia. The Cadenza also has a better reliability rating and more features. The Cadenza is the better choice here.

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Cadenza or 2015 Toyota Avalon?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon finishes a bit behind the Cadenza in our class rankings. Both cars have a quality cabin, a long list of standard and available features, and lots of passenger room. The Avalon is more fuel-efficient than the Cadenza, without sacrificing engine power. However, the Kia has a higher reliability rating. At the end of the day, both of these sedans are a solid choice in the large car class.

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2015 Cadenza Performance

How Does the 2015 Kia Cadenza Drive?

The 2015 Kia Cadenza has a 293-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers plenty of power for all driving situations, though some rivals feel quicker off the line. The Cadenza feels composed on winding roads, and it rides smoothly even over rough pavement. However, some competitors are more engaging from behind the wheel.

Does the 2015 Kia Cadenza Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Cadenza gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Its V6-powered rivals typically earn similar ratings.

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2015 Cadenza Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Cadenza Seat?

The Cadenza seats five on standard leather upholstery, and every model features heated and power-adjustable front seats. A heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

This Kia's cabin looks great and features plenty of soft-touch materials, giving it an upscale feel. Up front, riders enjoy plenty of space, and it's easy to find a suitable driving position. The rear seats also have ample space for adults. Both rows of seats are comfortable, but a few rivals have cushier accommodations.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Kia Cadenza?

The 2015 Cadenza has two full sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors. Most types of car seats fit easily, and the tether anchors won't give you any trouble. The lower anchors are set a bit deep in the seat, though.

2015 Kia Cadenza Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and Kia’s UVO infotainment system with navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound stereo system, and Bluetooth. A panoramic sunroof is available.

The Cadenza has a long list of standard features, and the UVO infotainment system's intuitive interface makes it easy to use.

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2015 Kia Cadenza Dimensions

Kia Cadenza Cargo Space

The 2015 Kia Cadenza has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Most other large cars provide more room, but this Kia still has enough space for golf bags, luggage, or some beach chairs.

2015 Cadenza Length and Weight

The 2015 Cadenza is 16 feet, 4 inches long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,670 to 3,785 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Kia Cadenza Built?

Kia built the 2015 Cadenza in South Korea.

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