Now with two trims, Premium and Limited, the Cadenza spreads itself out. The Cadenza Limited has a slightly different grille, nicer leather and comes with a new Surround View Monitor to give a bird's-eye view of every side of the vehicle to aid parking or other tight situations. The Limited also has Flex Steer, Kia's system of letting the driver set the steering effort.
This new offering from Kia has surprised many. This rear-wheel drive luxury car can reach prices in excess of $60,000. When first released it only offered a 5.0 V8 with 420 horsepower, borrowed from the Hyundai Genesis Sedan and Equus. Soon, a V6 model with 311 horsepower will be offered. Basically a Hyundai Equss chassis offering the V6 of the base Genesis Sedan, the big Kia offers an array of luxury features. Many of them, such as heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and cooled front seats can be found in lesser Kias, such as the Forte and Soul. Others, such as the Collision Warning System are exclusive to the K900 (among Kias).
For 2015, the Kia Sedona is all new. New engine, new suspension tuning, new larger brakes, a longer wheelbase, stiffer chassis and loads of newly available safety and convenience technologies. The most obvious change is the body. Kia discarded the dowdy, old style and arguably now has the most stylish, modern minivan on the market. The large, corporate grille, angled headlights, and chunky, business-like sides all come together in a way that says "I tried to form a corporate style committee, but I found they had all been killed in their sleep by the head stylist." The wheels say "Kia" but go with all of the other elements. The kicked up third row windows work in a way the Odyssey could never pull off. Even the exposed sliding door slot fits (only Chrysler is cool enough to hide it in the glass, the only styling element that Chrysler has over Kia). Last years 3.5 V6 is swapped for the more powerful and efficient corporate 3.3. With 276 horsepower, it's in the fight. Not willing to concede fuel mileage or risk consumer wrath for getting it wrong, the Sedona gets three different EPA ratings, ranging from 17 city/22 highway for the SX Limited with its 19" wheels to 18 city/25 highway for the SX. EPA rules would allow Kia to use the 18/25 for all trims. The Sedona offers a Surround View Monitor on the SXL which will show every outside angle for easy parking maneuvers. It also offers a collision warning system, a smart cruise control that maintains a set distance to a vehicle in front and a lane departure warning system. Other new safety features include a blind spot and rear cross path warnings. A remote starter is now an option, available on all trims.
This all-electric version of the Soul is new for 2015 and will go on sale in states with California emission laws and some of their bordering states. With 93 miles of range on a full charge, the Soul EV never needs gasoline. It also features a quick-charge port that can do an 80% charge in 33 minutes.