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Photos of the Kia Cadenza

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza front quarter view

Handsome. But sufficiently distinctive?

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Buick LaCrosse front quarter view

The new LaCrosse is much curvier than the Cadenza. More attractive, or does it just blend in?

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2014 Kia Cadenza front quarter view

The first-generation Cadenza. The second-gen looks much the same, just more precisely tailored.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2016 Kia Optima front quarter view

The less expensive Optima. Sportier, but less elegant. Turbo fender "vents" and red calipers--tack

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza front view

LED headlights. Concave variant of the "tiger nose" grille. Shame about the sensor in the center.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza side view

Viewed from the side without a fancy angle, the Cadenza appears chunky in the Lincoln MKS fashion.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza side view low rearward angle

My favorite angle: slightly rear of center and low.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza rear quarter view

The Cadenza's rear quarter viewed from a more typical angle.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza interior

The Cadenza Limited is trimmed with softer leather than you'll find in competitors.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Buick LaCrosse interior

The Buick's interior is more artful, but the curves and high console reduce roominess.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2014 Kia Cadenza interior

The original Cadenza's interior. How much of an improvement is the new one?

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2016 Kia Optima interior

Is this the interior of a much less expensive car than the Cadenza? Less, certainly, but much less?

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza instrument panel full

Kia cribbed the instrument panel's convex shape and chrome trim rings from BMW.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza instrument panel

Too many similar buttons to find the one you want with a glance (or less). Seat heaters out of view.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza around-view monitor

Around-view monitors make parking safer and more fun. Only in the Limited.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza driver seat

What do you think of the Cadenza Limited's quilted bolsters? They do provide some lateral support.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza rear seat

An abundance of rear legroom.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza trunk

The trunk's competitive in size, but the rear seat can't be folded to expand it.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza engine

The Cadenza's upscale design doesn't extend to the engine cover.

Kia Cadenza Photos: 2017 Kia Cadenza engine uncovered

Not as strong or as efficient as the Buick's engine, but doesn't sound like it's working as hard.