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MSRP: $35,100 - $42,400
Invoice: $32,455 - $39,115
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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Kia Cadenza Review

The 2014 Kia Cadenza ranks 1 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Kia Cadenza, as well as reliability and safety data.

Automotive critics say the 2014 Kia Cadenza is a well-rounded car that provides strong performance, a well-finished interior and a long list of standard features for its price.

Reviewers think the Cadenza’s V6 engine has plenty of power, and the six-speed automatic transmission delivers prompt, smooth shifts. They also like the 2014 Cadenza’s ride, saying the suspension is comfortable enough to absorb most bumps but firm enough for quick turning on curvy roads. According to the EPA, the 2014 Cadenza gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is below average for an affordable large sedan.

The Kia Cadenza has a high-quality interior with a long list of standard features and high-tech options, according to test drivers. They say the seats are comfortable on long drives and the cabin is especially quiet. Trunk space is average for the class, but some reviewers wish the Cadenza had folding rear seats. The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes standard with navigation, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, a back-up camera, rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touch screen, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound system. Options include a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active headlights that turn with the steering wheel to illuminate corners, a lane departure warning system, a heated steering wheel and a power rear window shade. Critics agree that the Cadenza’s high-tech features are easy to use.

  • “This is a big, comfortable sedan that will happily eat up the miles on long road trips and not look out of place in a country club parking lot.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Cadenza excels at being a quiet, comfortable, roomy, unpretentious cruiser. …" -- Motor Trend
  • "The well-rounded, well-built 2014 Kia Cadenza stands as a prime competitor in the large sedan segment." -- Edmunds
  • “Already faced with several great choices in the segment, large sedan shoppers can thank Kia for making their task more difficult. Compounding the issue, the 2014 Kia Cadenza's unique mix of price, features and materials makes it a viable alternative to players on both the mainstream and luxury-brand sides of the divide." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “While it's hard to think of a $42,000 Kia as being a value, the equipment stuffed into a fully loaded Cadenza should make the car hard to overlook for anyone desiring a smooth, comfortable and luxurious sedan." -- Autoblog

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Other Cars to Consider

Those looking for a large car with more engine options should consider the Ford Taurus. In addition to the standard V6, Ford offers a fuel-efficient, turbocharged four-cylinder and a high-performance twin-turbo V6. The Taurus’ trunk is also larger than the Cadenza’s.

Reviewers say that, like the Cadenza, the Toyota Avalon features a balanced ride and a high-quality interior. The Avalon has a lower base price than the Cadenza, although not as many standard features on the base trim. In addition, the Avalon’s V6 gets better fuel economy than the Cadenza’s.

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Details: 2014 Kia Cadenza

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a brand new car from Kia. It shares a platform with the Hyundai Azera. The Cadenza seats five and has front-wheel drive. Every Cadenza has a 3.3-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Cadenza comes in one trim, though the optional luxury and technology packages add a number of features, including a panoramic sunroof and adaptive cruise control.

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Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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