2019 Kia Cadenza vs 2018 Kia Cadenza

2019 Kia Cadenza versus the 2018 Kia Cadenza

With the 2019 Kia Cadenza set to arrive at dealerships soon, those in the market for a stylish luxury sedan may be stuck with the tough decision of deciding between this carryover model and its similar predecessor, the 2018 Kia Cadenza. To help you sift through the information, we’ve put together a comparison of the two models with an overview of what updates and improvements have been made.

Overall, the models are nearly identical with just a few slight variations in price, fuel economy and standard features. The Cadenza comes in three trim levels: Premium, Technology and Limited. While the Premium model has seen mostly minor adjustments, the Technology model has seen significant enhancements in its standard package with the addition of luxury features that cost extra in the 2018 model. Read on to learn more about these updates and what they mean for sedan shoppers.

2019 Kia Cadenza


2018 Kia Cadenza

$33,100 Starting MSRP $32,290
20/27 Fuel Economy (city/hwy) 20/28
Standard Blind Spot Sensor Available
Standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning Available

2019 Kia Cadenza Updates and Improvements

Cadenza Premium Updates

When it comes to the Cadenza Premium, the Cadenza’s base model, not much has changed. The update involved mostly minor enhancements to the vehicle’s instrument panel and touchscreen. Some other treats drivers can expect from the new model are the addition of Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, power folding mirrors and rear parking sensors to the standard features list.

Cadenza Technology Updates

Those interested in the Cadenza Technology trim level can expect a new level of grandeur from the 2019 model. The Kia Luxury Package now comes standard with this trim option, so drivers can now enjoy a variety of features, including:

  • Wireless smartphone charger 
  • Panoramic sunroof 
  • AVN5 premium navigation 
  • Harman/Kardon premium audio system 
  • Front door pocket lights 
  • Homelink garage door opener 
  • LED headlights and LED fog lamps 
  • 19-inch wheels

Despite the added features, the 2019 Cadenza Technology costs less with a starting MSRP of $38,200 compared to the 2018 Cadenza Technology with a starting MSRP of $39,290.