DALLAS, November 21, 2013 — It’s an all new model for Kia in 2014. The 2014 Kia Cadenza carries that vibe that comes with an all new larger body sedan, but at the same time this front-wheel drive offering shares a platform with the Hyundai Azera.
Competitors for the Kia Cadenza include the Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse and the Volkswagen Passat all with specific power train options, but the Kia is an excellent choice in this class.
There is only one trim level offered on the 2014 Kia Cadenza with the standard features being 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding sideview mirrors, a keyless ignition and entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver seat, four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and a ventilated driver seat.
As if that is not enough, you also get some nifty tech features that include a rearview camera, rear park assist, an eight-inch touchscreen display and Kia’s Uvo voice command system.
There are a few options that can be had and each are grouped in several packages such as the Premium package with xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, windshield wiper de-icer, a seven-inch gauge cluster, better than standard leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and rear seats, a driver memory setting and a power rear window sunshade.
On the Technology package its 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, water-repellent front windows and blind spot/lane departure warning systems.
For real quality the White package offers white leather upholstery, impressive wood-grain accents and suede headliner, sun visor and rear shelf trim.
Under the hood, the 2014 Kia Cadenza has a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The Cadenza is front wheel drive as standard, but you can opt for a six-speed automatic transmission.
For safety, this Kia offers antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front, rear side and side curtain airbags and hill start assist. There is also the rearview camera and rear park assist that you get, but for more safety you must add the optional package with the blind-zone and lane departure warning system.
The Kia Cadenza is definitely tech savvy and it’s easy to navigate through the knobs and buttons that are placed ergonomically correct as well. The quality of the interior materials is also impressive and the touchscreen’s buttons are easy to figure out and use.
Indeed, the Kia Cadenza is all about comfort and the seats are also easy to get used to with cushy front and rear options that are well-shaped for sitting and even back and leg support.
The cabin also offers plenty of space, but the sunroof does cut a few inches of headroom out, a possible problem for the taller driver or passenger.
This one is also fun to drive even with its large sedan moniker and it takes the road and curves with grace, but with a firm precision that offers a hardy suspension both on the open road or getting around town.
Should You Need to Know: Expect about seven seconds for zero to 60 on the 2014 Kia Cadenza.
Miles Per Gallon: On the 2014 Kia Cadenza I drove mileage came in at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The 2014 Kia Cadenza is priced at $41,900.
Rita Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press www.historypress.net is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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