The 2017 Cadenza, also known as the Kia K7 in some markets, is more than a shot across the bow of the Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon. 2017 brings a complete redesign to Kia’s large front wheel drive luxury sedan. A new 3.3L engine and Kia’s first 8-speed transaxle improve real world fuel economy by 2-3 MPG. The redesigned interior sports standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and available luxury features like LED headlamps, heads-up display and faux-suede headliners. If shoppers are willing to give Kia a second look, the Cadenza is a direct torpedo hit to one of Lexus’ most popular sedans.