Kia's sedan lineup is about to get much more luxurious with the addition of the new Cadenza and range-topping Quoris models, but the Amanti-replacing 2014 Cadenza will be the first to hit dealers this month with a starting price of $35,100 (*not including $800 for destination). For those keeping record, that's more expensive than Hyundai's version of this car, the Azera, and about $1,000 more than the Genesis, but it sounds like the new front-wheel-drive Kia will be getting a few more advanced features than its Hyundai counterpart.

In base form, the Cadenza comes standard with leather seating, navigation and a premium Infinity 12-speaker audio system, and the $3,000 Luxury Package adds nappa leather seats with a ventilated driver's seat, a seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) display, heated rear seats, power tilt and telescoping steering column, adaptive HID headlights and a panoramic sunroof. On models already equipped with the Luxury Package, buyers can also add on the Technology Package, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and hydrophobic glass on the front doors – previously, Kia stated that the Cadenza would be getting this water-repelling technology on the windshield, but this press release specifies that it will be applied to the front side windows. And if these two packages aren't enough luxury for you, Kia's cherry on top is a no-cost White Package that adds white nappa leather seats, woodgrain trim and a premium headliner.

All in, the 2014 Cadenza will run $41,100 with every option box checked, so we can only imagine how much the Qurois is going to cost when it makes its debut. Scroll down for the press release detailing the pricing for the new Cadenza.
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KIA MOTORS ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ALL-NEW 2014 CADENZA PREMIUM SEDAN

Kia's Flagship Sedan Offers Premium Amenities at a Starting Price of $35,1001 MSRP
-The most powerful and technologically advanced Kia in the U.S. market is defined by European-influenced styling and extraordinary levels of refinement and amenities
-Cadenza features class-leading interior room2 and is offered in one trim level with two available option packages

IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA) is pleased to announce pricing for its most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle ever offered in the United States. The 2014 Cadenza will be offered in one trim level with a starting MSRP of $35,100, plus $800 destination and handling, when it goes on sale later this month. Aside from a unique blend of European-inspired design, dynamic performance and high levels of refinement, Kia's newest flagship offers class-leading interior room and standard features like keyless entry, advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic2 and UVO eServices, Bluetooth® wireless technology3,an eight-inch touch screen, 550-watt Infinity®4 12-speaker audio system, Rear Camera Display5 and leather-trimmed seats with heat and power adjustment in the front.

In addition to the long list of standard amenities, the Cadenza offers two option packages – Luxury and Technology – both of which advance value to new levels of sophistication. Priced at $38,100 MSRP1, a Luxury Package-equipped Cadenza adds more upscale character with a full-length panoramic sunroof and power retractable sunshade, opulent Nappa leather trim with heated rear outboard seats and ventilated 12-way adjustable driver seat, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), a seven-inch LCD instrument cluster for superb clarity and customization, a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping capabilities, and two-position memory setting for driver's seat, outside mirrors, and steering column. Adding the range-topping Technology Package builds on the Cadenza's Luxury Package with 19-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), a Blind Spot Detection System (BSD) and Kia's first-ever Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)6, all for $41,100. In addition, the front side windows feature hydrophobic technology, which repels water for enhanced visibility during rainy weather conditions.

"The all-new Cadenza is a world-class Kia for the emerging space between mainstream and luxury and will appeal to discerning shoppers in the market for an upscale sedan," said Tom Loveless, executive vice president of sales, KMA. "We're confident that Cadenza's sophisticated styling, luxuriously appointed cabin and long list of available technology will make it a strong contender in the marketplace."

The Cadenza's smooth-revving, all-aluminum 3.3-liter V6 generates 293 HP and utilizes gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology that improves performance while maintaining fuel-efficiency. Power is seamlessly transferred via a six-speed, sport-tuned automatic transmission, and a sophisticated, fully independent suspension provides the perfect balance between comfort and sportiness.

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.


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      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice car, but I would never pay that much for one. Kia has gotten price happy, you can get a fully loaded Genesis Type-R right now for $42,000 thats with the 5.0 429hp motor. Kia's off their rocker on this one. (MSRP $47,695 target price $41,265 Carsdirect Pricing)
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        $41K is fully loaded, not $47,695. Just get an Gen R-Spec.
        Wally SirFatty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        I fully agree, but I will also say that I would never pay that much for a Hyundai either.
          Jason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Wally SirFatty
          I would, I have had my 2006 Sonata since new, I just turned 121000 miles on it and have had no problems at all. Took it in for it's check-up and nothing was needing attention. Car runs like new. and the Genesis has made a name for itself. It's a great car for the segment that it's in.
          Jason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Wally SirFatty
          You are right, but what you get for the money is the point, you can get a fully loaded A4 for $41k but it's a much smaller car, you can get an okay loaded BMW 3 series or MB C series, or even the Volvo S60, but it's what you get. No the name does not carry the same weight as the BWM, MB, Volvo or Audi but you get much more car.
          Wally SirFatty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Wally SirFatty
          @jason at that price point, there are a lot of other options... And forget about the Equus.
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        Oh and just for comparison sake, the Azara with all the bells and whistles MSRP $37,145 target price of $34,082 (carsdirect again) for a much better looking car.
      Ridgie30
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know the Cadenza is LOADED with options and tech at the base price but remind me why I wouldn't buy a RWD Genesis Sedan at this price? If I HAVE TO HAVE a Hyundai/Kia sedan for $35k, I'm going Genny Sedan...
        Alex Ellsworth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ridgie30
        The new Genesis sedan is on the verge of being introduced, and should be sufficiently differentiated. In Korea, the Genesis lost a lot of sales to the new Grandeur (Azera) when it was launched, so my understanding is that the Genesis will go further upmarket.
      Danny Buck
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know.... there's something really out of proportion in that front end..it really looks cobbled together.
      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a pretty handsome car with a solid list of standard features. But why did they pick a name that sounds so much like credenza?
        Paulevalence
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
        Cadenza is a musical term. Hyundai/Kia seem to like using musical words for their car names: forte, accent, sonata, quoris(chorus) Not sure why they've done this but honestly I prefer it to the alphanumeric car names that everyone seems to be going to.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
        It's made out of fine woods. Er, vinyl-covered particle board.
      Ian D.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's certainly not a bad looking car, but I'm kinda confused about who the targeted buyers are suppose to be? Hyundai and Kia seems to be competing with themselves lately. Their products are based on each other, and the prices are hoovering in the same range. Can someone explain to me what Hyundai/Kia's strategy could possibly be? One model run the risk of being cannibalized by another. Why is this a good thing for Hyundai Motor Co.?
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian D.
        Some people prefer the more subdued Hyundai styling. Some people like the more bold KIA styling. I don\'t see it as a bad strategy. As long as the cars are built on the same platform, it doesn\'t matter if A sells better than B. They both make money for the company.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't look luxurious at all. The Azera is much more silky and refined in appearance. The over sized Kia signature headlamps they decided to go with make their lineup look domestic and cheap. Its going to be one those cars in which the only respect and envy will come from the owners themselves. Compared to the Azera, this isn't much to look at.
      JGM038
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man that is an ugly looking grille. It looks like they took a grille that was made for the Soul or Rio and just threw it on here.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      More expensive than the Genisis sedan? Something seems out of whack.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stop copying other cars Still piece of junk
        mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        stop being a jerk.
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mike
          Ya because theyr cheap and people are fooled by the cheap and wanna be other cars styling don't worry their run won't last it's a Kia after all
      Dfelix70
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks dated already. I really think Kia took a step BACKWARDS from the Optima both inside and out. Both exterior and interior styling is very conservative and uninspired.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dfelix70
        [blocked]
        Alex Ellsworth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dfelix70
        It is dated. This model was launched in 2009. It's just had a minor mid-life refresh with an updated grille and headlights. Also, living in Korea, I've seen this car in person a lot and always thought it looked great - until I saw these photos. Looks better in dark colors, I'd say, and better in the flesh.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      they steal the infiniti Q50 headlights, and front design.
        Matthew Miles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chanonissan
        How could a current production car steal from a current concept car, exactly? Pretty sure Schreyer had this on paper before the Q50 was proverbially swimming around in its designers ********.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matthew Miles
          the infiniti Q50 sketch design was in the market from 2009, based off the essence concept, which was a real car that have a hybrid system, was introduce 2009, the Q50 is not a concept it goes on sale this summer
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chanonissan
        infiniti provide the design of the Q50 car years ago, and other design from 2009, and the Q50 is not a concept it goes on sale this summer.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chanonissan
        not at all!!!
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          secondly the Q50 was out in January before the kia new face lift, so they have seen infiniti sketch and they have seen the design, so yes they copied.
          futurecars
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          Third, the 2010 -13 cadenza, car front did not have this new look, nor grill, it is a facelift. it have a different look as posted below. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kia_Cadenza_EX_V6_2011.jpg
      CJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      This won't be popular. A lot of truth about to go down. Get the thumbs down button ready. My god, another German rip off. Not surprising, after years of failed blatant copies(KIA Amanti vs Jaguar S-type, that particular copy is hilarious, google it) they went out and got Peter Schreyer, Audi's head designer. Responsible for a A4, A6, TT, etc. Now they have a German head designer, who has a German design team, based in German Frankfurt. He penned the new German inspired Optima that has a hijacked Masterati Quattroporte C-pillar and rear end. That front clip is right off of a BMW, plain and simple, right off(google F30 3-series or F10 5-Series). From the eye-browed headlights, I cannot believe they had the balls to do that, with the integrated double eyed projectors and turn signal, to the same exact lines and creases in the 2 stepped hood, then they integrated BMWs design trademark, the "hofmeister kink" into the rear C-pillar. The grill is atrocious, it looks like a mix of BMWs trademark slated kidney grills, and the Aston Martin grill. It looks like an afterthought. The taillights? Well, just look google the new A4 and look at the rear, exact copy. This has been going on for years and has finally come to a head where instead of trying to disguise their design hijacking, they just shamelessly put it out there because they know their customers won't know the difference. That's when you go around hearing, my KIA or Hyundai looks just like the new Audi, BMW, Merc, or the other way around. Jeez, I wonder why? Of course, you'll never get the quality, refinement, fit and finish, decades of motorsport engineering, and so on and so forth. I have family that had owned 2 gens of the Tiburon and Sonata, and they all were absent of the qualities mentioned above, big time. Why do you think the stereotype exists? Hyundai and KIA have never been on any list in the International Engine of the year award, or even won, much less even mentioned. Meanwhile, year after year after year, BMW tops the list in whatever category they have an engine, including the highly regarded International Engine of the Year Award. Another Big difference that can't be copied. Have a look. http://www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear/archive.php This won't be popular with the many KIA and Hyundai owners, but you hopelessly have the blinders on if you don't see the unoriginal German design rip offs that these cars continue to unapologetic-ally wear. It's sort of sad that they can't or won't find their own way. Yes, I did just waste 5 minutes typing this.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CJC
        you complain it looks to german. i say it looks better than anything they did before that so isn't that a compliment?! i would appreciate if other manufaturers (especially japanese ones) would go down the same road.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          look at the new Q50
          CJC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          It's easy to do anything when someone already has the blueprint for you. The Germans have been putting out designs like these for years. This car lacks originality as do all of their other German, high belt line/squashed roof line copies. Want other companies to go down the same road? Well, the ATS has by actually going out and actually buying numerous 3-series and breaking them down and reverse engineering their "own" car. Same dimensions, same suspension, same options, same everything, lacks total originality. Or go buy out a German designer like KIA and now Hyundai did from Audi. Then fill the team full of Germans and base them out of Frankfurt. I just hate the blatant replication. Although the most important parts can't be, fit and finish, quality and original chassis/engine/suspension and drivetrain engineering. Something a watered down Japanese copy will never be in this segment.
          futurecars
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          Talk about infiniti Q50, you notice the close car price and interior packages
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