12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Kia Cadenza - Back Down South

July 21, 2014
2014 Kia Cadenza Front End
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Long-Term 2014 Kia Cadenza Update - SUMMER 2014 (1 OF 1)
Miles to Date: 16,911
It seems the 2014 Kia Cadenza is our Four Seasons car of choice when it comes to long road trips. Almost immediately after the Cadenza returned from Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, associate web editor Joey Capparella took it back down south to Nashville for his little brother’s high school graduation, along with his aunt, uncle, his cousin, and a German exchange student living with his extended family. “In addition to everyone’s suitcases, we easily stuffed several dozen homemade cupcakes, brownies, and cookies for the graduation party into the trunk,” he reported.
2014 Kia Cadenza Trunk
Sounds scrumptious, buddy. With dessert in the trunk, his aunt, his cousin, and the German exchange student slid into the back seat. “It isn’t so bad,” they all said (one in German). The 2014 Kia Cadenza has a nearly flat floor and a middle-seat backrest that makes the second row comfortable even for three. It’s made even more livable by the large panoramic sunroof that gives the rear compartment a very airy feel.
The sunroof is one of our 2014 Kia Cadenza’s best premium features, of which it has many. “This fully loaded Cadenza sort of reminds me of a Lexus sedan from the late ‘90s or early 2000s, when the interiors were flawlessly built but before they became overwrought,” says Capparella. “It’s well-optioned, comfortable, and has a clean design.”
His praise ended, as it has with many other editors, when it came to the powertrain. “The engine isn’t very responsive in the lower rev range, and the six-speed automatic is hesitant to downshift,” he noted. “An engine with all the power at the top end just doesn’t fit this car.” He wrapped up with, “The Cadenza doesn’t have a standout personality, but it’s a high-quality product that can comfortably waft along I-75.”
All of that wafting meant our Cadenza needed its second factory-scheduled service. An oil change and a tire rotation set us back $57.36. No other service bulletins came up during our visit, but we later saw that our car could be part of a recently posted recall. It applies to 2014 Kia Cadenza models with 19-inch aluminum wheels, which ours has. The wheels can “fracture from impacts such as large, deep potholes” and said fracture “could cause the circular rim to separate.” Yikes. We called Kia’s customer service hotline, and, sure enough, our Cadenza is affected. Road trips will be put on hold while the Cadenza heads into service.
2014 Kia Cadenza Dashboard
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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  • So many cookies and cupcakes.
  • Cookies and cupcakes (plus five people) turn the Cadenza into a low rider.
  • Congratulations on your graduation.
  • Sunroof open, windows down. It’s hot in Nashville.
  • Going to see University School of Nashville’s Class of 2014 graduate.
  • After ten months, we still think our Cadenza is handsome.
  • The Cadenza’s V-6 is OK, but it’s not very powerful.
  • The back seats are nice, but we prefer the front seats.
  • Capparella says the transmission’s downshifts are too slow.
  • No middle armrest on the way to Nashville. All three seats were needed.

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