2014 Cadenza Photos

Premium 4dr Sedan
2014 Kia Cadenza

Teenage passengers are often among the first people I turn to for second opinions about a test vehicle. While they understandably aren't allowed behind the wheel – most aren't even old enough to drive – their honest and generally unbiased observations, coupled with a complete lack of understanding about what a particular vehicle costs, can provide a wealth of insight. An open-minded approach is especially important when taking a closer look at the 2014 Kia Cadenza, a premium sedan from an automaker best known for providing affordable transportation for entry-level buyers. But unlike the Rio and Forte, low-priced compacts designed to cater to consumers looking for fuel economy and value, this more substantial four-door sedan asks for twice the out-of-pocket investment in exchange for promises of luxury and technology. With an impartial mindset and a genuine curiosity, I recently spent a week with the more substantial Cadenza to see if it could live up to its aspirations. Kia introduced the States to its Cadenza at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show as a model to sit above the Optima sedan, which was its flagship offering at the time. Those loyal to the brand wanted a more premium product. According to Mike Ofiara, Supervisor of Product Communications at Kia Motors America, the new "more upscale sedan was in response to what many of the buyers were asking for." A look beneath its skin suggested a very similar heart and soul to the Hyundai Azera. Despite its all-new appearance on this side of the Pacific, this vehicle had already been on sale in Korea's domestic market for some time, and a look beneath its skin and spec sheet at its reveal suggested a very similar heart and soul to the Hyundai Azera. Yet its previous life and similarities to its corporate cousin were the last things on my mind when the automaker dropped off this sparkling Metallic Bronze over White Nappa model in my driveway. As you can see from these photos, this well-proportioned sedan looks every bit the part of its $35,100 base price (plus $800 destination), with its distinctive chrome Kia "Tiger Nose" grille, aggressive headlights, chrome window surrounds and LED-style taillamps. Even the 19-inch alloy wheels fill their wells perfectly. Four adults will find much to like about the Cadenza, but I'd argue that the driver has the best seat in the house. More striking than its exterior, however, is its interior. My particular press car arrived configured with White Nappa Leather, a no-charge option that contrasts well with the dark dashboard, door panels and carpet. The Luxury Package (a $3,000 upgrade) adds goodies including a panoramic roof, upgraded instrument panel, heated rear seats and a warmed steering wheel. Less obvious to the eyes are components in the Technology Package (also $3,000), which includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and hydrophobic front door windows. The bottom line reads $41,900 – that's a lot of cash, but it represents a considerable value; even …
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Teenage passengers are often among the first people I turn to for second opinions about a test vehicle. While they understandably aren't allowed behind the wheel – most aren't even old enough to drive – their honest and generally unbiased observations, coupled with a complete lack of understanding about what a particular vehicle costs, can provide a wealth of insight. An open-minded approach is especially important when taking a closer look at the 2014 Kia Cadenza, a premium sedan from an automaker best known for providing affordable transportation for entry-level buyers. But unlike the Rio and Forte, low-priced compacts designed to cater to consumers looking for fuel economy and value, this more substantial four-door sedan asks for twice the out-of-pocket investment in exchange for promises of luxury and technology. With an impartial mindset and a genuine curiosity, I recently spent a week with the more substantial Cadenza to see if it could live up to its aspirations. Kia introduced the States to its Cadenza at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show as a model to sit above the Optima sedan, which was its flagship offering at the time. Those loyal to the brand wanted a more premium product. According to Mike Ofiara, Supervisor of Product Communications at Kia Motors America, the new "more upscale sedan was in response to what many of the buyers were asking for." A look beneath its skin suggested a very similar heart and soul to the Hyundai Azera. Despite its all-new appearance on this side of the Pacific, this vehicle had already been on sale in Korea's domestic market for some time, and a look beneath its skin and spec sheet at its reveal suggested a very similar heart and soul to the Hyundai Azera. Yet its previous life and similarities to its corporate cousin were the last things on my mind when the automaker dropped off this sparkling Metallic Bronze over White Nappa model in my driveway. As you can see from these photos, this well-proportioned sedan looks every bit the part of its $35,100 base price (plus $800 destination), with its distinctive chrome Kia "Tiger Nose" grille, aggressive headlights, chrome window surrounds and LED-style taillamps. Even the 19-inch alloy wheels fill their wells perfectly. Four adults will find much to like about the Cadenza, but I'd argue that the driver has the best seat in the house. More striking than its exterior, however, is its interior. My particular press car arrived configured with White Nappa Leather, a no-charge option that contrasts well with the dark dashboard, door panels and carpet. The Luxury Package (a $3,000 upgrade) adds goodies including a panoramic roof, upgraded instrument panel, heated rear seats and a warmed steering wheel. Less obvious to the eyes are components in the Technology Package (also $3,000), which includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and hydrophobic front door windows. The bottom line reads $41,900 – that's a lot of cash, but it represents a considerable value; even …
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$35,100 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 3.3LV-6
MPG 19 City / 28 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd w/OD
Power 293 @ 6400 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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