2014 Kia Cadenza Review

April 8, 2014

From the engine’s power to the technologies it boasts of, the all-new Kia Cadenza is a competitive vehicle in the large sedan segment. Read on to find out why we say so.


The Cadenza is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the front wheels. The EPA gave the Cadenza fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22 mpg combined.


The 3.3-liter V6 is not the best in the class but it performs good enough to be enjoyed. Power delivery is also smooth. The 6-speed automatic transmission is responsive and shifts seamlessly.

The ride is slightly firm but Cadenza remains composed while handling corners. The comfortable seats and the serene cabin make for an enjoyable and peaceful highway cruise. The suspension is not as impressive as what other large sedans have but it effectively maintains ride comfort. Overall, the Cadenza is not a sports car but it has the agility of one. It also provides the ride comfort luxury cars provide.


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Without being too pricey, the Cadenza is able to offer upscale standard interior features like a 12-speaker audio system, navigation system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. But the most impressive feature is the 8-inch display that has most of the controls. Because of this, Kia does not have to clutter the center console with too many buttons or a knob selector to make a function work. Almost everything can be operated via the large touchscreen display.

The cabin’s appearance is also plush because of the combination of leather and wood-like trims. The seats are remarkably supportive and comfortable, especially when you opt for the available heated rear seats and ventilated driver’s seat. There’s also enough room all around but adding a panoramic sunroof to your Cadenza chops off the headroom.


The 2014 Kia Cadenza is standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, headlights with LED accents, fog lights, LED taillights, perimeter approach lighting, LED turn signal indicators, rain-sensing wipers, 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, UVO system, navigation system with 8-inch display, Bluetooth, auxiliary input jacks, USB port, rear-camera display, push-button start with smart key, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear center armrest with dual cup holders, leather seats, heated 10/4-way power front seats,  leather-and-wood-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and hill start assist.

Some optional features are heated rear seats, upgraded leather seats, ventilated driver’s seat, supervision meter cluster with 7-inch LCD, lane departure warning system, cruise control, driver memory, adaptive xenon headlights, heated steering wheel, and panoramic sunroof.

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