New Car Reviews

2014 Kia Cadenza – Back Down South

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It seems the 2014 Kia Cadenza is our Four Seasons car of choice when it comes to long road trips. Almost immediately after the Cadenza returned from Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, associate web editor Joey Capparella took it back down south to Nashville for his little brother’s high school graduation, along with his aunt, uncle, his cousin, and a German exchange student living with his extended family. “In addition to everyone’s suitcases, we easily stuffed several dozen homemade cupcakes, brownies, and cookies for the graduation party into the trunk,” he reported.

Sounds scrumptious, buddy. With dessert in the trunk, his aunt, his cousin, and the German exchange student slid into the back seat. “It isn’t so bad,” they all said (one in German). The 2014 Kia Cadenza has a nearly flat floor and a middle-seat backrest that makes the second row comfortable even for three. It’s made even more livable by the large panoramic sunroof that gives the rear compartment a very airy feel.
The sunroof is one of our 2014 Kia Cadenza’s best premium features, of which it has many. “This fully loaded Cadenza sort of reminds me of a Lexus sedan from the late ‘90s or early 2000s, when the interiors were flawlessly built but before they became overwrought,” says Capparella. “It’s well-optioned, comfortable, and has a clean design.”
His praise ended, as it has with many other editors, when it came to the powertrain. “The engine isn’t very responsive in the lower rev range, and the six-speed automatic is hesitant to downshift,” he noted. “An engine with all the power at the top end just doesn’t fit this car.” He wrapped up with, “The Cadenza doesn’t have a standout personality, but it’s a high-quality product that can comfortably waft along I-75.”
All of that wafting meant our Cadenza needed its second factory-scheduled service. An oil change and a tire rotation set us back $57.36. No other service bulletins came up during our visit, but we later saw that our car could be part of a recently posted recall. It applies to 2014 Kia Cadenza models with 19-inch aluminum wheels, which ours has. The wheels can “fracture from impacts such as large, deep potholes” and said fracture “could cause the circular rim to separate.” Yikes. We called Kia’s customer service hotline, and, sure enough, our Cadenza is affected. Road trips will be put on hold while the Cadenza heads into service.



  • Body style 4-door sedan
  • Accommodation 5-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $35,900
  • As tested $41,950


  • Engine 24-valve DOHC V-6
  • Displacement 3.3 liters (204 cu in)
  • Power 293 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Torque 255 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
  • Transmission 6-speed automatic
  • Drive Front-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 19/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)


  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 3.0 turns
  • Turning circle 36.5 ft
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
  • Wheels 19-inch aluminum
  • Tires Hankook Optimo H426
  • Tire size 245/40R-19 94V


  • Headroom F/R 38.0/37.3 in
  • Legroom F/R 45.5/36.8 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 58.3/56.5 in
  • Wheelbase 112.0 in
  • Track F/R 63.0/63.0 in
  • L x W x H 195.5 x 72.8 x 58.1 in
  • Passenger capacity 106.8 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity 15.9 cu ft
  • Weight 3792 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 60/40%
  • Fuel capacity 18.5 gal
  • Est. fuel range 400 miles
  • Fuel grade 87 octane (regular)


  • standard equipment

    • 18-inch aluminum wheels
    • Automatic dual-zone climate control
    • Infinity surround sound audio system
    • Rearview camera
    • Navigation
    • 8-inch touchscreen display
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
    • Leather-trimmed seats
    • Bluetooth
    • Heated front seats
    • Keyless entry and ignition
    • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
    • Fog lights
    • LED taillights
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Rain-sensing windshield wipers


  • Technology package
  • $3000
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Hydrophobic front-door windows
  • Luxury package
  • $3000
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • HID headlights
  • Nappa leather-trimmed interior and seats
  • Power driver’s seat cushion extension
  • Ventilated driver’s seat
  • Heated rear outboard seats and steering wheel
  • 7-inch TFT LCD instrument panel display
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • Power rear-window sunshade
  • Cargo net $50