2014 Kia Cadenza Overview

Bob Long
Automotive Editor - March 27, 2014

For a brief moment—until the introduction of the K900—the Cadenza served as Kia's flagship sedan in the United States. Since its roll-out in 2013, the Cadenza has received well-deserved accolades from the automotive and consumer press.

What's New for 2014

Everything—this is an all-new vehicle and nameplate for the Kia brand.

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Choosing Your Kia Cadenza

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There have been big changes at Kia in the last few years, and sharp styling has been central to the Korean carmaker's surging reputation. The Cadenza has a much sportier image than the Hyundai Azera, its corporate cousin with which it shares a platform, or the segment's benchmark Toyota Avalon.

The Cadenza's sole engine is a 3.3-liter V6 matched to a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The setup is typical for the segment, and the Kia's is as good as any. Similarly, fuel economy is about average for the category with ratings of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

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The base Cadenza is called Premium and outfitted accordingly. Standard features include keyless entry and push-button start, leather seating, an 8-inch central display, navigation, a 550-watt/12-speaker Infinity audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite radio, plus USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary audio connectivity. Many infotainment capabilities are voice-activated—the system even allows you to send a navigation destination from your computer to the car.

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A Limited costs $7,000 more than a Premium, and includes luxury-grade highlights such as smooth Nappa leather, an LCD gauge cluster, and ventilated driver's seat with extendable thigh support, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, a panoramic moonroof, and many other impressive features that will dazzle both driver and passengers. The optional 19-inch alloy wheels shod with P245/40R19 tires look great.

Choose Your Kia Cadenza >>

CarsDirect Tip

If you are in the market for a large front-wheel drive sedan, check out the Cadenza. You won’t be disappointed—both Premium and Limited models are a good value, and which you choose will depend mainly on your tastes and budget.

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