Earlier this year, we got a first look at the all new 2014 Kia Cadenza Premium sedan and immediately knew this car was not only a great value with luxury features at a very affordable premium price, but also was sure to be an excellent performer given our experience with its sibling, the Kia Optima.
Recently, Kia delivered us a brand new 2014 Kia Cadenza Premium sedan for a full week of driving and evaluation. We were not wrong in our earlier thinking. This new Kia looks, feels, performs and rides every bit as well as luxury level cars costing upwards of $20,000 more than the Cadenza.
The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes in the one trim level (Premium) only with a starting price of $35,100 plus freight. Our test car was loaded up with the only two option packages available to make it the top-of-the-line for only $41,900 delivered.
Fully equipped, our test Cadenza came with all of the technology (much of it standard) that Kia is becoming famous for plus exceptional styling, solid driving performance and excellent comfort for passengers front and rear.
Standard on the Cadenza are an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and UVO eServices, displayed on a very high-resolution 8-inch touch screen, Rear-Camera Display and Back Up Warning System, a premium 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system including rear surround speakers and subwoofer (this is awesome sound), leather seat trim with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth wireless technology.
Our Cadenza came in a very handsome Smokey Blue color with a (optional with Technology Package) stunning White Interior Package that included incredibly supple White Nappa Leather, Wood Grain Surround Accents and Premium Headliner, Pillar Trim, Rear Parcel Shelf and Sun Visors.
The Luxury Package ($3,000) included:
- Panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade
- HID headlamps with Active Front Lighting System (AFLS)
- Nappa leather seats trim (beige or black)
- 7-inch TFT LCD meter cluster
- Ventilated driver's seat
- Heated rear outboard seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Power tilt and telescoping steering column
- 2 position driver's seat memory including outside mirrors
- Driver's seat cushion extension
- Power rear sunshade
- Integrated memory system (driver's seat, outside mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel)
- First aid kit
The Technology Package ($3,000) added:
- 19" alloy wheels with P245/40R19 tires
- Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)
- Blind Spot Detection system (BSD)
- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
- Hydrophobic glass (front door windows)
- Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with auto hold
- Plus the White Interior Package elements
We had pointed out earlier that we thought this new Cadenza would certainly perform like a premium sport sedan and even like a luxury sport sedan. We were right there too.
The 2014 Cadenza’s is powered by the proven all-aluminum GDI 3.3-liter V-6 that generates 293 horsepower at 6,400 rpm with 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. The power moves smoothly to the road through the six-speed automatic transmission that includes a Sportmatic manual shift mode and easy to use paddle shifters flanking the sport-luxury leather and wood-wrapped steering wheel.
While delivering solid performance, this power train is also fuel efficient with EPA economy ratings of 19/28 mpg City/Highway.
Riding on the optional (with Technology Package) 245/40R-19 tires and with its sport-tuned fully independent suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front and a multilink rear design - this sedan delivered excellent road performance with comfort and sporty sophistication worthy of much more expensive cars.
Lastly, did we tell you how incredibly quiet this new Cadenza is?
The 2014 Cadenza also features an extensive list of noise-reducing technologies, including a hydraulic transmission mount, optimally tuned damper on the rear cross member, triple door seals, and specially designed wheels (the multiple fins help reduce wind noise at highway speeds) to make this one of the quietest sedans we have ever driven.
If you are in the market for a particular premium or luxury brand sedan and your pay grade can afford that $20,000 more, why spend that money when the luxury, performance and ride of the new 2014 Kia Cadenza will do the job with style and sophistication and the best warranty in its segment (10 years / 100,000 miles).