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Family Tree: Kia Cadenza

Kia Cadenza Model History and Generations 

There has been quite a buzz around the Kia Cadenza lately thanks to its 2020 model that is set to join the automotive market sometime this year. While the Cadenza has only been a part of the U.S. Kia lineup since 2014, this luxury Kia model has brought quite a few changes over the years. This edition of Friendly Kia’s Family Tree is going to look at the evolution of the U.S. Kia Cadenza from when it first made its way over here to its latest refresh.  

Learn all about the Kia Cadenza model history and generations below in this edition of Family Tree! 

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First-Generation Kia Cadenza Model History  

U.S. Model years: 2014 – 2016 
IIHS rating: 2014 Top Safety Pick, Good ratings in 2015 and 2016 
Engines: 3.3-liter V6 engine 
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission 

The Kia Cadenza joined the U.S. market in 2013 for the 2014 model year and brought with it a leather interior, Kia UVO, a navigation system, and an array of other features more often found in luxury models. The first-generation Cadenza was fitted with a 3.3-liter V6 engine, which delivered 294 horsepower on the road.  

Interior view of 2014 Kia Cadenza
Grey 2014 Kia Cadenza

Second-Generation Kia Cadenza Model History 

U.S. Model years: 2017 – Present  
IIHS rating: 2017 Top Safety Pick+, 2018 and 2019 Top Safety Pick  
Engines: 3.3-liter V6 engine 
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission, 8-speed automatic transmission with drive mode select system 

In 2017 the Kia Cadenza started its second generation, bringing with it a stronger body structure, more expressive styling, a refined powertrain, and even more luxury refinements. The overhauled Cadenza changed its face in 2017, wearing an evolved version of the Kia tiger nose grille and a curvier look overall. The Cadenza received a refresh in 2020, changing its shape slightly with exterior enhancements and updating its Drive Wise safety suite. 

White 2019 Kia Cadenza
Interior view of 2019 Kia Cadenza

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Black 2020 Kia Cadenza

2020 Kia Cadenza Offers a Refreshed Look and Feel 

The 2020 Kia Cadenza is the latest iteration of the Cadenza line and it is set to join the automotive market sometime this year. The Cadenza is bringing a fresh new look with a deeper vertical waterfall fascia, new LED taillights and headlights, redesigned wheels, and more exterior enhancements. Inside the Cadenza drivers are greeted with a redesigned dash and instrument cluster, a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment center, new Nappa leather color options, mood lighting, and more.  

Find a New Cadenza at Friendly Kia in Tampa Bay 

The Kia Cadenza offers drivers around Tampa Bay a luxury automotive experience for an entry-level price. After learning all about the Kia Cadenza model history and generations, head over to the Friendly Kia inventory to view our current lineup of in-stock Cadenza models at our New Port Richey dealership.