Kia Cadenza gets more style, safety for 2015

July 31, 2014

For its second year on the market, Kia’s full-size Cadenza sedan has received a handful of safety, convenience and technology updates.

To begin with, the entry-level Premium trim’s optional technology package gains rear cross traffic alert, which warns the driver of approaching traffic in backup situations.

The high-end Limited model benefits from new grille and fender trim, in addition to a newly standard Surround View Monitor system that provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the vehicle for heightened parking ease. Also part of the standard features list for 2015 is Flex Steer, an adjustable-effort steering system with Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

A new analogue clock design and additional chrome trim pieces round out the changes to the Limited.

Finally, all Cadenzas get an eight-way power-adjustable front passengers seat that replaces last year’s four-way unit.

Through the first six months of the year, Kia has sold 5,415 examples of the Cadenza, putting it behind rivals like the Toyota Avalon (32,031 units), Chrysler 300 (26,014 units) and Buick LaCrosse (25,280 units). The segment’s sales leader, the Chevrolet Impala, has found 78,499 takers so far in 2014, although that figure includes sales of the last-gen, fleet-only Impala Limited.

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