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1401 2014 Kia Cadenza Tires Update
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2014 Kia Cadenza - Two Flats

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Sure enough the car started to lean to the right, and we pulled onto the shoulder immediately.

As we exited I-55 near Chicago, driving home from dinner in our Four Seasons 2014 Kia Cadenza, we hit a pothole. But not just any pothole—Mega Pothole. This thing had to be six inches deep, two feet wide, and sheer-edged all the way around.

“Yep, that wrecked at least one of the passenger-side tires,” we said to ourselves. “Are you sure?” asked one of our passengers. Sure enough the car started to lean to the right, and we pulled onto the shoulder immediately. The “low tire pressure” message came on soon after, both passenger-side tires blinking yellow. Crap.

On a very snowy night, too. We called AAA, knowing it’d be a long wait. “About three hours,” they said. We had relatives pick up our passengers before turning on some classic rock and reclining in the Kia Cadenza’s driver’s seat to get a little rest, other cars passing just inches from our door. The flatbed arrived about three hours later and towed us to a nearby Kia dealership. We parked in the back corner of the lot, dropped the keys in the night box, and had a friend take us at home.

We began making calls first thing in the morning, starting with The Tire Rack, our official wheel and tire supplier. We told them that a pothole had destroyed two of the Michelin Alpin PA4 winter tires they’d just sent us a few weeks prior and asked if they had two new tires they could deliver to the Kia dealership. “The tires are here now, and they’ll be at the dealership tomorrow,” they said.

Then we called the dealership. They told us that they’d already pulled the Kia Cadenza into the shop, pulled the ruined tires off of the passenger-side wheels, and checked the wheels for damage. We were sure we’d be paying for two wheels, but the dealership said the only damage had been to the tires. They made our day even better by telling us that they’d only charge us $40 for labor.

The tires arrived early the next day, the dealership mounted them immediately, and we were back on the road in the Kia Cadenza about 36 hours after hitting Mega Pothole.

2014 Kia Cadenza Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
  • Packages & Options
    • 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
    This is precisely why I went with the 17 inch wheels and tires on my 12 300 3.6. I have been lucky thus far. Here in NJ and Pa, potholes are all over the place, and border on sinkhole. My buddy has a 12 Charger with the 20 inch tires, and he has been thru 3 tires and a rim this year. I am extremely cautious and aware and have not really hit any mega holes, but I am sure if I do, my 65 series tires will hold up better than the 45 series tires of the 20 inch equipped cars. Note to drivers, I know you cannot avoid all of the potholes, esp when they are filled with water, but people STOP TAILGATING!!!! When you tail gate somebody, you cannot see the road ahead of you. I had a guy tail gate me for three miles in a newer Jag XF....I had to swerve to avoid one of these mega holes, and he hit it, he immediately pulled over due to a flat. Kinda served him right for driving unsafely close to my rear bumper. 

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