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Can a Kia Cadenza Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Kia Cadenza has an official towing capacity of 0 lbs. It is not made to tow anything.

While the Cadenza can tow unbraked loads, it is not encouraged because it places additional stress on the brake pads, causing fatigue faster than usual. With a maximum brake towing capacity of 1500 lbs, the Cadenza can not tow a lightweight class camper trailer.

Kia Cadenza Engine

The Cadenza employs a 3.3L Lambda II GDi V6 engine for both of its trims. The 3.3L Lambda II GDi V6 is a double overhead camshaft, six-cylinder engine with dual-continuous variable valve timing and a gasoline direct fuel injection system. This engine comes from Hyundai’s family of all-aluminum six-cylinder engines. The Lambda II in the Cadenza can generate 290 hp at 6400 with 253 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. Although the vehicle can generate a decent amount of power, the transmission would be a limiting factor to its towing capabilities.

Should you tow with the Cadenza?

Towing is not possible with the Cadenza without purchasing a towing hitch, which can be found at aftermarket stores. The manufacturer, however, recommends against towing with the Cadenza because it was not designed for towing. Therefore, the engine and transmission would not handle the extra stress needed to pull loads and would be prone to failure. Not to mention that the engine will be susceptible to overheating due to the lack of a proper cooling system, as towing overworks the engine. Towing should be avoided because the vehicle’s frame can deform due to the loads pulled by the vehicle.

Towing features are missing from the truck, which would prevent a trailer from swaying when being towed. As a result, the trailer would move irregularly, and without a feature to avoid it, it could be dangerous to other vehicles. Towing with the Cadenza on a regular basis will necessitate periodic maintenance, as towing puts a lot of strain on the vehicle’s load bearing components, such as the engine, transmission, and brake pads.

The Kia Cadenza is a full-size executive sedan built by the South Korean car manufacturer Kia. It was launched in 2010 as a successor to the Kia Opirus. The Kia Cadenza is a front-wheel-drive four-door sedan also known as the Kia K7 in South Korea. The Cadenza was discontinued in the 2020 model year to make way for a new model labeled the Kia K8. The Cadenza was available in two different trims: the base Technology trim and the luxurious Limited trim.

The Kia Cadenza is able to tow a maximum braked load of 1500 lbs once equipped with a towing hitch. However, just because it’s possible to tow with the vehicle doesn’t mean we should as the manufacturer states that the vehicle isn’t designed for towing in the owner’s manual.

Insisting on doing so could result in permanent damage to the vehicle’s engine, transmission or the frame of the vehicle.

Therefore, anyone who insists on towing with the Cadenza would do so at their own risk.