2014 Kia Cadenza – Christmas in Chicago

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Friends and family are going to think twice before saying, ‘That sucks’ after we tell them we’re bringing a Kia home.

For us, Christmas is a time to reconnect with friends and family—and impress them with whatever we’re driving. That’s why we took the Kia Cadenza to Chicago during the holidays. People asked what we’d be bringing home. “A Kia,” we’d say. “That sucks,” they’d respond, but we knew better. We knew that our Cadenza would impress them as much as it has impressed us.

Every single person who came face-to-face with the Kia Cadenza commented on how handsome it is. Its LED running lights and taillights got a lot of attention, and a few friends said that they couldn’t find a bad angle for the car (we agree). People were absolutely blown away, though, by the Kia Cadenza’s interior. One friend sat in the rear seat and said that he’d never felt leather so soft. He about lost his mind when we told him that the rear seats are heated.

The Kia Cadenza’s ride got a lot of praise, too. Some said they couldn’t remember the last time they were in something with such a soft ride. One family member called it “ideal for old people.” That’s a bit extreme, but we get the point—it’s a smooth rider. Friends and family are going to think twice before saying, “That sucks” after we tell them we’re bringing a Kia home.


  • 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

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