• Admirable list of standard features
  • Simple infotainment
  • Tons of rear legroom
  • Only one trim level
  • Only one engine option
  • Spongy suspension

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What's New for Cadenza in 2014

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a new model...
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Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a full-size sedan that's brand-new to Kia's lineup. It's a gussied-up Hyundai Azera, but that's just fine by us. The Hyundai is good to drive, and the Cadenza builds on that solid foundation. The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes with a long, long list of standard features, which isn't very surprising when you notice that the sedan starts at about $36,000. You won't spend much more than that, though, because the Kia Cadenza is available in only one trim level. It has one engine option, a 3.3-liter V-6, that's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Kia continues to make its cars more upscale, and the Kia Cadenza is a serious contender that can take on other semiluxury sedans such as the Buick LaCrosse and the Lexus ES350.


It might seem this way, but the 2014 Kia Cadenza is not a flagship model. It's a placeholder until Kia brings some iteration of its rear-wheel-drive Quoris sedan, currently sold on the other side of the world, stateside. Until that happens, though, the Cadenza's it -- Kia's big dog. And it wears those shoes pretty well.

To start, it's very luxurious for being less than $40,000, thanks in part to a huge list of standard features: automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding exterior mirrors, LED taillights, a twelve-speaker audio system with a subwoofer, navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and more. You can also fit the Kia Cadenza with two available option packages. You should do without the $3000 Technology Package if you don't need adaptive cruise control. Your money would be better spent on the $3000 Luxury Package, which adds stuff like a panoramic sunroof, heated outboard rear seats, HID headlights, a heated steering wheel, and oh-so-soft Nappa leather.

Driving the Kia Cadenza is a bit unmemorable, but that's kind of what you want from a car in this class. Its suspension is soft, its steering is light, and anyone could get in and drive it. The 3.3-liter V-6 sends 293 hp through a six-speed transaxle to the front wheels, which have no problem pulling around this 3700-pound sedan. Even when the car is fully loaded with five passengers, the V-6's power is plenty. And that's good since you'll want to give all of your friends a ride in this comfortable cruiser.

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Lincoln MKZ
  • Nissan Maxima

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2014 Cadenza Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning


  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer


  • Sunroof


  • Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Net
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim


  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Dual Power Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio


  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
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