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2017 Kia Cadenza

Large car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
A
only certain
trims

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A
M
2016
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Cadenza was redesigned for the 2017 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the parking brake pedal. Upper interior intrusion measured 4 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 4-door
Weight 3,637 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 112 in.
Length 196 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.3 L V6
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1705
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 5
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 10
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 4
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1705
Head
HIC-15 146
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.51
Right 0.33
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.4
Right 0.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 73
Right 65

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Cadenza was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 4-door
Weight 3,754 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 112 in.
Length 196 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 3.3 L V6
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1701
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1701
Head
HIC-15 183
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.1
Femur force - right (kN) 0.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50
Maximum tibia index - right 0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 77
Right 61

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Kia Cadenza was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Two side tests of the Cadenza were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Injury measures

Driver — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In both tests, the dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Kia Cadenza Premium 4-door
Weight 3,639 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 112 in.
Length 196 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 3.3 L V6
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1701 CES1704
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-16.5 -16.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1701 CES1704
Head HIC-15 266 306
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.9 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.3 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32 40
Average deflection (mm) 28 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.20 4.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43 0.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7 1.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8 1.7
Combined force (kN) 3.5 3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 205 187
A-P moment (Nm) -18 45

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1701 CES1704
Head HIC-15 85 67
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.5 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.3 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 10 13
Lateral force (kN) 0.7 0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 15 16
Average deflection (mm) 12 13
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.44 2.08
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.15 0.13
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.3 0.0
Combined force (kN) 2.5 0.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 44 92
A-P moment (Nm) 41 -39

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,727 lbs
Peak force 16,840 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.52
Tested vehicle
2017 Kia Cadenza Technology 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 34
Distance below top of head (mm) 0
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.9
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 551

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional Technology or Limited Trims

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

Tested vehicle

2017 Kia Cadenza Technology 4-door

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Technology trim
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on the sharp left curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Technology trim
  • Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 87.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 64.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 89.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 77.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 68.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 59.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 145.8 m
Straightaway left edge 72.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 95.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 82.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 72.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.1 m

Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 73.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 38.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 47.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 38.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 42.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 156.5 m
Straightaway left edge 122.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 59.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.6 m

Applies to 2017 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim Premium
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 8
Clearance angle (degrees) 41
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 7
Clearance angle (degrees) 48
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 10
Clearance angle (degrees) 41
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 41
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights

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