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2014 Kia Cadenza

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Based in the Hyundai Azera, the 2014 KIA Cadenza rewards with a lot of luxury for a little money. Starting at $35,100 (before destination) the 2014 KIA Cadenza sports a 293 horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 that puts out 255 lbs-feet of torque. There are no other engine options.

What is the 2014 KIA Cadenza - for real?

Look at it as a larger, luxurious, V6 cousin to the KIA Optima and you would be on the right track. It's based on the same platform with a longer wheelbase (two-inches) and longer overall length (about five-inches). It's even an inch taller and a couple hundred pounds heavier.

Fear not, this V6 is excellent and hooked up to a smooth six-speed that feeds the front wheels. I observed about 22 mpg in mixed driving conditions and expect the sea-level 0 to 60 time to be in the mid six-second range. Look for just under eight-seconds in the mile-high city.

Overall performance is pretty good, well within the range of competitors like the Toyota Avalon and Lincoln MKZ. The ride and handling feel a tad sharper than the Hyundai Azera, which is a good thing. Good road isolation and, despite wearing the optional 19-inch wheels, the ride was very compliant.

Check out this video and see for yourself, KIA built a good one.

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