2017 Kia Cadenza Premium vs Limited

2017 Kia Cadenza Premium vs Limited

2017 Kia Cadenza Premium vs Limited

Once you’ve decided on the impressive 2017 Kia Cadenza, you have to decide which trim level is right for you. In the case of the Kia Cadenza, you’ll have three different trims to choose between. Let’s compare the entry level trim and the top trim to see if the Limited is truly worth the extra money.

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Although the body is obviously the same, a number of differences in the way these two model looks that sets them apart. The first and most obvious difference is probably the wheels–the Premium comes with a set of 18-inch alloys while the Limited gets a set of 19-inch alloys.

From there, the differences are fairly subtle, with the Limited having things you don’t get on the Premium like a chrome-accented base on outside mirrors, a unique vertical design front grille, perimeter approach lighting, and LED headlights and fog lights. The Premium does come with fog lights, but they’re not LEDs.

Power and Performance

Perhaps a little surprisingly, the same powertrain is present in all three trim levels of the Cadenza. The engine is a 3.3-liter V-6 that develops 290 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque, with a thoroughly modern eight-speed automatic transmission. The different size of wheels makes no difference to the fuel economy between the two trims either, so both models return an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Safety Features

Once again, there’s no difference at all between all three versions of the Cadenza when it comes to basic safety features, and that means they are all very well specified in this crucial area. Whatever trim you choose, you’ll find your vehicle equipped with the likes of traction control, plenty of airbags, electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, side-impact door beams, a brake-assist system and more.

However, when it comes to the more advanced driver-assist safety features, the Limited gets you Smart Blind-Spot Detection with Lane-Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning System and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. This package of advanced safety features come standard on the top trim.

Features and Equipment

The features and equipment are where the Cadenza Premium and the Cadenza Limited diverge quite starkly. The Premium isn’t a basic model by any means since it includes all the basics, including UVO eServices infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, duel-zone automatic climate control etc.

But stepping up to the Limited trim adds to that with upscale features that include the UVO eServices infotainment system with an 8-inch screen and navigation, a Smart Power Trunk, premium Harman Kardon sound system, surround view monitor, a head-up display, rear park-assist and more.


One of the areas you really do expect to get more for your money is the quality of the interior trim–and the Limited doesn’t disappoint in this area. To be fair, the Premium does come with standard leather upholstery, but the Limited gets upgraded to quilted Nappa leather. The driver and passenger seats get more adjustment options in the higher trim, as well as coming standard with a dual opening center console, a heated leather steering wheel, genuine dashboard stitching, exclusive floor mats and even a trunk mat.