2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

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    2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh
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    6/12/2019
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    When we drove the all-new 2017 Kia Cadenza a few years back, our main takeaway was that "it's fine." There was nothing particularly remarkable about it, but it's a solid sedan. With the facelifted and refreshed 2020 Cadenza just revealed today, Kia looks like it's reaching a bit more, in an attempt to move beyond general goodness.

    The 2020 Kia Cadenza, teased last week, takes a stab at bold design. A concave V-shaped grille is the main styling element up front, as our eyes constantly drift to that funky chrome every time we examine the car. It looks like Kia was just riffing off the old grille, and decided to make it bigger while adding in a crease. Those headlights are new, too. They're much narrower and smaller than the old units, and we think they help the face of the new car tremendously.

    Kia attacked the rear of the Cadenza in a similar fashion. The taillights now stretch across the entire rear of the sedan, connected by an interesting dashed line coming in from both sides and meeting in the middle. It's just another example of Hyundai/Kia designing taillights with a sense of style. We're reminded of the new Hyundai Sonata that went in a bold new path itself at the NY Auto Show.

    Changes to the interior are relatively significant for just a mid-cycle refresh. There's a new, widescreen 12.3-inch touchscreen that forced a new air vent layout. Along with the rethought center stack, the center console gets changed up with a new gear shift lever and button/storage layout below that. It all comes off as a much more premium design than before. Adding further to that motif is a digital gauge cluster seen on this model. The Cadenza is supposed to be a luxurious sedan, and Kia is certainly answering the call with added tech on the interior.

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    I don't know why they even keep this thing around.

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Quote Originally Posted by rmc523 View Post
    I don't know why they even keep this thing around.
    May I interest you in another CUV sir?. They are all the rage.

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Pretty solid redo. I like the looks of this thing in real time.

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    It looks good. I think they've done a respectable job with it.

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    It's an ok car. Rides alright, kind of quiet, but nothing to get excited about. Big discounts.
    That's about as enthusiastic of an endorsement as I got.
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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Looks like a Lincoln..

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Not my cup of tea, but looks ok

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Looks ok, not sure why, but it comes across to me as an old persons car (and I don't think that way for all big cars).

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    I have to say, the current Malibu look seems to be creeping into a lot of other passenger car designs, especially the rear quarter window area.

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Meh - boring

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Kia did a slightly bigger than average mid cycle refresh to keep an asset in the market. My first thought was Chevrolet should have done the same with the Impala.

    Kia has Rio/Forte/Optima/Cadenza to fill the small to large and budget to quite nice sedan range. Then they go and add a RWD 3 series fighter in the Stinger and an S series luxo barge in the K900. Chevy has kept Sonic (maybe) and Malibu and can give you a Camaro for RWD. Kia is sedan rich by using the Corporate resources and Chevy is sedan poor.

    Crossovers, Hybrids and EV's are a draw between Kia and Chevrolet.

    Only in BOF SUV's and pickups does Chevrolet have an advantage.
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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbee60 View Post
    Kia did a slightly bigger than average mid cycle refresh to keep an asset in the market. My first thought was Chevrolet should have done the same with the Impala.

    Kia has Rio/Forte/Optima/Cadenza to fill the small to large and budget to quite nice sedan range. Then they go and add a RWD 3 series fighter in the Stinger and an S series luxo barge in the K900. Chevy has kept Sonic (maybe) and Malibu and can give you a Camaro for RWD. Kia is sedan rich by using the Corporate resources and Chevy is sedan poor.

    Crossovers, Hybrids and EV's are a draw between Kia and Chevrolet.

    Only in BOF SUV's and pickups does Chevrolet have an advantage.
    Yeah, KIA is all in on sedans. Why this wasn't a tall wagon instead of a sedan baffles me, but it is what it is. Maybe the crystal ball gazers in SoKo know something we don't.

    Now they have Telluride, Hyundai has its twin the Palisade, which are getting pretty good reviews from CR and CD.
    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a2...alisade-price/

    And they're bringing out something between Soul size and Sportage size. Talk about littered showrooms. I guess "appeal to EVERY taste and need" is their plan.

    I don't usually debate styling, either I like it or I don't or meh. But this does look Lincolnesque, with some Malibu flavor, in the tail section, and some Audi or Bimmah flavor in front. But the toothy grille is all KIA.
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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    Seems like a mistake to me that Ford and GM are completely abandoning cars. Nobody else is... I don't count Chrysler and Dodge as I think they are pretty much done anyway...

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    Re: 2020 Kia Cadenza shows its new face in mid-cycle refresh

    looks "NICE" but at least "expensive" / a bit Lincoln like

    I do like the GRILL and the fact it is NOT the whole front end

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