Car Dealer Ratings and Reviews

2014 Kia Cadenza


The 2014 Cadenza is Kia’s first legitimate offering in the near-luxury segment. It offers a  luxurious ride, decent fuel economy, a well-appointed interior and a long list of standard features wrapped up in a pretty sheetmetal. The Cadenza is Kia’s most expensive model yet starting at just over $35,000 and topping out around $42,000 if you check all of the options boxes.

 Lively V6, upscale appearance; long warranty; generous features; plenty of luxury if you can get past the label

 Only one trim to choose from; no optional fuel efficient engine; numb steering

Road Test
“Cadenza? Isn’t that something you furnish your house with?” Boy was I surprised and completely flushed to find out that my boss was talking about a car and not my grandmother’s old china cabinet. With all but 5 minutes to prepare I really had no idea what to expect. Nevertheless, I grabbed the keys, headed towards the parking lot and stood in amazement like a child at Disney World. The Cadenza is stunningly beautiful or as Kia so adequately calls it “impossible to ignore”. The interior is just as impressive. Buttons on the center stack are well laid out and its touchscreen features don’t require a PhD in astrophysics to navigate through.

It’s 3.3L V6 offers plenty of get-up-and-go but overall performance and handling isn’t exactly spine-tingling. This comes as no surprise since front-wheel drive luxury sedans seldom excite the driver. Unlike those other high end sedans, the Cadenza drives more like a small car. It offers a composed yet sporty ride and swallows bumps with ease.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The Cadenza is offered in a single trim level- Premium.

Standard exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated power folding mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, fog lamps, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers.

On the inside you will find leather upholstery, heated power front seats, dual zone automatic climate control, push button start and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Tech goodies include a premium 12-speaker Infinity sound system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera with a backup warning system and a dazzling 8-inch touchscreen display with Kia’s UVO infotainment system and navigation.

An optional Luxury Package will add a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a ventilated driver’s seat and supple premium leather to the tune of $3,000. Also appropriately priced at $3,000 is the Technology package which adds 19-inch alloy wheels, hydrophobic glass (fancy term for “self-cleaning” to improve visibility) and additional safety features mentioned below.

Standard safety features include eight airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Technology Package will get you the adaptive cruise control, a blind spot and lane departure warning system and an electronic parking brake. Adaptive HID headlights are part of the Luxury Package.

The Kia Cadenza is so new to the market that it has not yet been crashed tested by IIHS or NHTSA. We can’t tell you how well it would fair in an accident either however we can tell you that during our road test we all seemed to agree that stopping distances were a bit on the long side.

Final Word
If you can’t quite afford a full-fledged luxury vehicle, or simply just refuse to pay their ridiculous price tags, the 2014 Kia Cadenza deserves a spot at the top of your shopping list. That is, as long as you are able to look past its label.

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June 24, 2013 |

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