12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Kia Cadenza - Spring Cleaning

May 1, 2014
2014 Kia Cadenza Front Service Bay
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Long-Term 2014 Kia Cadenza Update - SPRING 2014 (2 OF 3)
""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.
2014 Kia Cadenza Front Service Bay
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

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Photo Gallery

  • In for its first service.
  • 44 miles to go? Yep, it’s time to go in.
  • Our broken key fob. Thanks, mittens.
  • Executive editor Todd Lassa checks Twitter before hosing off the Cadenza.
  • A shiny, squeaky clean steering wheel.
  • Getting the Cadenza’s all-season rubber swapped back on.
  • Associate web editor Joey Capparella cleans the Cadenza’s wheels.

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