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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 Interior

The 2014 Kia Cadenza’s long list of standard features and good build quality make its cabin a pleasant place to be, according to reviewers. One critic even says that the car has a nicer interior than a Mercedes-Benz. Reviewers say the Cadenza’s tech features are intuitive. Test drivers like that the seats are spacious and comfortable and they note that the cabin is quiet.

  • "The cabin is tasteful and approachable, harmoniously channeling the exterior’s understated feel. Materials and fit and finish in our early production test car were impressive, and the UVO touch-screen infotainment system operated faultlessly and without frustration." -- Car and Driver
  • "Its interior appointments are top-notch, and the list of standard features is comprehensive." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Driving the 2014 Kia Cadenza, I contemplated the older-model Mercedes-Benz E320 sitting in front of me, and realized that the Kia had a much better cabin." -- CNET
  • "Highlights include a technology offering that evokes the Starship Enterprise (or Millenium Falcon, whichever language your inner geek speaks), an available Nappa leather upgrade (too smooth to keep your hands off), and a backseat that's roomy enough to satisfy even the gangliest royalty. Long-legged drivers will appreciate Kia's first power-extendable thigh support, but we found the driver's seat just satisfactory overall." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Kia added lots of noise insulation to keep the Cadenza quiet at highway speeds. The efforts are very noticeable and it's easy to converse with a passenger." -- Automobile Magazine

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Seating 

The Cadenza seats five on standard leather seats and heated front seats. Cooled front seats and heated rear seats are optional.

Test drivers agree that the 2014 Cadenza has roomy seats that are comfortable, even after several hours of driving. One critic adds that it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. However, another reviewer thinks the seats could use more thigh and back support.

  • "Comfort is another strong point, regardless of which seat your butt is parked in." -- Autoblog
  • "Even after hours on the road the seats remained comfortable and supportive." -- AutoWeek
  • "The seats and the driving position are comfortable for long hauls, although lateral thigh and back support are lacking." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's fantastic visibility thanks to the large daylight opening and the traditional sedan profile gives the back seat has great headroom." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “A wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustments means drivers of all sizes should be able to get ideally situated behind the wheel." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes standard with Kia’s UVO infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, a back-up camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system. Options include a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, active headlights that turn with the steering wheel to illuminate corners, a heated steering wheel and a power rear window shade.

Reviewers like that the Cadenza is well-equipped for its price. The Cadenza’s UVO infotainment system receives praise for being user-friendly. Critics also like the Cadenza’s advanced safety features, which include adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system. However, some think the lane departure warning tone is too loud, though they note that the system can be turned off.

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  • "The Cadenza is a nicely equipped large sedan and it transforms to a credible near-luxury sedan with the optional premium package. …" -- Automobile Magazine
  • “The UVO infotainment system is easier to use than many luxury competitors'." -- Motor Trend
  • "The driver-assistance technologies, an area where Kia has not trodden before, are nice to see in this car and give it a leg up against other big sedans. The combination of adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning with the LCD speedometer works particularly well, as the driver can see the settings of these features on the LCD." -- CNET
  • "A bigger gripe, though, is the loud lane-departure warning system. Its frenzied decibels startle more than they warn, tempting the driver to switch it off-which defeats its whole purpose." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

The Cadenza has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which reviewers think is spacious. On the other hand, one reviewer complains about the lack of folding rear seats, and another wishes the Cadenza had a larger glovebox and center console.

  • “… the trunk could swallow up a lot of luggage; 15.9 cubic feet, according to Kia." -- CNET
  • "Up front, storage isn't huge with a small glovebox and center console." -- AutoWeek
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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