author photo by Jabari Jones November 2016

These days, you can find an upscale car at a fraction of the prices of top European brands. A great way to do this is with the restyled 2017 Kia Cadenza, as it can hold its own against some big players. Here are our five reasons you’ll save big with this luxurious Kia.

Comfortable Cabin

The Cadenza’s cabin really does feel elegant and rich. The rear seats are comfortable and spacious, and the same goes for up front. Not to mention you can get premium touches like a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel or even the diamond-stitched seat bolsters that are optional on the SXL trim level. On road trips, the roomy 16-cu-ft. trunk is more than enough for a family vacation load.

Intelligent Tech

No one can deny that top luxury brands have smart innovative technology, but don’t leave Kia out of that discussion. The Kia UVO infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and for the most part is pretty functional. In addition, you can get the UVO eServices system, which offers roadside assistance and other really useful functions in a downloadable smartphone app instead of requiring you to pay a hefty monthly subscription charge, which is the case for quite a few luxury brands.

Smooth Engine

We have to be honest: The Cadenza isn’t going to overwhelm you with power, but with 290 horses on tap, it has more than enough for most driving needs. We especially love how smooth this 8-speed automatic transmission is. Kia gave it a 3.3-liter V6, which definitely has a luxurious feel, especially if you select Comfort mode.

Attractive Styling

Talk about an upscale look — the Cadenza exudes an upscale vibe from A-Z. It has received a few adjustments to the exterior. The result just enhances what’s already a beautiful car. A new front grille and a lower and wider stance give it a little more aggressiveness. There are also the cool standard Z-shaped LED’s and a frame that is much lighter thanks to a special high-strength steel.

Premium Features

Kia outfitted the Cadenza very well in standard form. Just the start of a long list is this semi-user-friendly 7-inch screen. Some cool options include a beautiful panoramic sunroof and this awesome Harman Kardon premium sound system. You can also opt for reassuring innovative safety features like lane-departure warning and even adaptive cruise control.

Autotrader Says

Are you looking for a luxury feel but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg? Then look no further: The beautiful and elegant 2017 Kia Cadenza is certainly worth a spot on your test-drive list.