New For 2014The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a new model.
Vehicle SummaryThe 2014 Kia Cadenza is a full-size sedan that's brand-new to Kia's lineup. It's a gussied-up Hyundai Azera, but that's just fine by us. The Hyundai is good to drive, and the Cadenza builds on that solid foundation. The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes with a long, long list of standard features, which isn't very surprising when you notice that the sedan starts at about $36,000. You won't spend much more than that, though, because the Kia Cadenza is available in only one trim level. It has one engine option, a 3.3-liter V-6, that's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Kia continues to make its cars more upscale, and the Kia Cadenza is a serious contender that can take on other semiluxury sedans such as the Buick LaCrosse and the Lexus ES350.
OverviewIt might seem this way, but the 2014 Kia Cadenza is not a flagship model. It's a placeholder until Kia brings some iteration of its rear-wheel-drive Quoris sedan, currently sold on the other side of the world, stateside. Until that happens, though, the Cadenza's it -- Kia's big dog. And it wears those shoes pretty well.
To start, it's very luxurious for being less than $40,000, thanks in part to a huge list of standard features: automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding exterior mirrors, LED taillights, a twelve-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and more. You can also fit the Kia Cadenza with two available option packages. You should do without the $3000 Technology Package if you don't need adaptive cruise control. Your money would be better spent on the $3000 Luxury Package, which adds stuff like a panoramic sunroof, heated outboard rear seats, HID headlights, a heated steering wheel, and oh-so-soft Nappa leather.
Driving the Kia Cadenza is a bit unmemorable, but that's kind of what you want from a car in this class. Its suspension is soft, its steering is light, and anyone could get in and drive it. The 3.3-liter V-6 sends 293 hp through a six-speed transaxle to the front wheels, which have no problem pulling around this 3700-pound sedan. Even when the car is fully loaded with five passengers, the V-6's power is plenty. And that's good since you'll want to give all of your friends a ride in this comfortable cruiser.
- Admirable list of standard features
- Simple infotainment
- Tons of rear legroom
You won't like:
- Only one trim level
- Only one engine option
- Spongy suspension
- Chevrolet Impala
- Buick LaCrosse
- Lincoln MKZ
- Nissan Maxima