2017 Kia Cadenza Limited

When the Kia Cadenza debuted three years ago, it had premium features but was still rough around the edges. No more. The all-new Cadenza is good looking, refined, and even flashy, with lightning bolts visible in the LED headlights and in the taillights, too.

Inside is even more impressive than the outside. The Limited model gets nappa leather with neat diamond quilting on the seat bolsters. It’s all very comfortable and much nicer than most near-luxury machines.

In addition to a touchscreen, there are redundant buttons for climate control to give you a choice. The automatic is an eight-speed. Navigation is standard on the Limited and it’s excellent.

The Cadenza has as much legroom as any car in this class, and its trunk is not only huge, it’s well finished with a pass-through for long items. Power comes from the 3.3-liter V6 carried over from the old car, with 290 horsepower.

Where the Cadenza disappoints me is the way it drives. Yes, it’s quiet and comfortable, but it’s also very bland. If you’re looking for a little sport with your luxury, this is not it.

So for the 2017 Kia Cadenza Limited, I say thumbs up to the value, styling, and luxury features; thumbs down to ho-hum handling.

I averaged about 24 miles per gallon. The pre-production test car had no sticker, but the price is about $45,000.

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