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2014 Kia Cadenza – Spring Cleaning

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“This car strikes the right balance between modern style and restraint.”

It’s really, really hard to hold onto things when you’re wearing mittens. Things like key fobs. We dropped our 2014 Kia Cadenza’s key fob, and it broke into three pieces. We had to not only replace the broken key fob but also pay to have it and our spare fob reprogrammed at the dealership, and that cost us $259.13. Ouch. To make the best of a bad situation, we got the Kia’s first, factory-scheduled service out of the way while the keys were being reprogrammed. An oil change and a visual inspection cost us $34.48, a far more reasonable figure.

We’ll try not to drop the fob again, and it should be easier now that spring has sprung and we’ve shoved our mittens into a dark corner of the closet. To celebrate the end of the worst winter we can remember, we had the Kia Cadenza’s stock, all-season Hankook Optimo H426 swapped back on to the car. Then we parked it behind our building, hooked up our hose, and started scrubbing. Staring at a sparkly clean Kia Cadenza, associate web editor Eric Weiner said, “This car strikes the right balance between modern style and restraint. It’s simple and inoffensive inside and out, but that black-and-chrome grille adds the right dose of personality.”

“The Cadenza looks and feels more expensive that it is,” added managing editor of digital platforms, Jen Misaros. “I think that’s why each time I get into it I instinctively reach for an iDrive-like controller for the infotainment system. But the Cadenza gets by just fine without it. In fact, it gets high marks for its intuitive controls and ease of use.”

The Kia Cadenza has garnered a lot of positive comments, although associate editor Greg Migliore dinged the 3.3-liter V-6—“it sure is thirsty”—after he burned through a quarter a tank during his daily commute. As summertime road trips start, we doubt that frequent fuel fill-ups will keep us from putting more miles on the Cadenza, one of the most likeable cars in our Four Seasons fleet.


  • 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