12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Kia Cadenza - Christmas in Chicago

January 31, 2014
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Long-Term 2014 Kia Cadenza Update - WINTER 2014 (1 OF 2)
"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.
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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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2014 Kia Cadenza - Christmas in Chicago
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Photo Gallery

  • Our Cadenza on Christmas Eve.
  • 750 bags of luminary surrounding a park.
  • That blue looks good at night. Shame you can’t usually see it.
  • Merry Christmas!
  • Twenty snowy spokes.
  • The Cadenza in front of the Coonley Playhouse in Riverside, Illinois.

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