Kia's Cadenza has come in second only to the 2014 Chevy Impala when it comes to the best gas-powered large-sized sedans, “banishing any lingering doubts that Kia is just a manufacturer of cheap, unrefined cars," stated Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.
"Kia and Hyundai have really risen up in our testing," added Rik Paul, the magazine's automotive editor, Rik Paul. "Americans, too, are following suit. The Japanese are not nearly as dominant as they once were."
This is the first time since 2007, that the Toyota Avalon has fallen from the top spot, coming in third on the lastest Consumer report. However, the hybrid version of Avalon did tie for second with Cadenza because of economic use of fuel.
The 5-seat car is powered by a 293-hp 3.3 liter V-6 gas engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and standard 8” touch screen naivagation system. Heated steering wheel optional.
This is an especially impressive showing considering Kia only introduced the Cadenza, this year. The car was also featured at the 63rd Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Show in Pebble Beach this past weekend, where it took its place among displays of new and vintage Lamborghinis, Lincolns, Bugattis and Bentleys, etc. The exhibition marked the first time Kia has participated in the event.