2014 Kia Cadenza: Family Checklist


As a responsible adult, wife and mother, I appreciate that a dollar seems to go further in Kia's cars. Many of its smaller cars are loaded with features that aren't normally found in their competitors. Kia's strategy worked well for me until the all-new 2014 Kia Cadenza arrived in my driveway.

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a sleek, full-size sedan that offers families plenty of room. While it has a lot of features — both standard and optional — it falls short with its offerings.

Case in point: A ventilated driver's seat in the 2014 Kia Forte was surprising, but in the Cadenza, it's expected. I also expected to find a ventilated front passenger seat in the Cadenza, too, but it wasn't offered.

By Carrie Kim | October 25, 2013 | Comments (6)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee knocked the 2014 Infiniti Q50 out of the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews, while the 2013 BMW 328i ascended two places to claim the No. 2 spot. Elsewhere, the 2014 Kia Cadenza and 2014 Acura MDX returned to the list at Nos. 5 and 9, resepectively. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Kia Cadenza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
8. 2014 Infiniti Q50
9. 2014 Acura MDX
10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Kia Cadenza: More Photos


When it comes to premium vehicles, the old adage that "you get what you pay for" applies not just to style, comfort and performance, but to the subjective perception of brand value. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says the 2014 Kia Cadenza boasts features that are comparable, sometimes even superior, to competitors — if only would-be buyers can go without the luxury name-dropping value of, say, a Lexus.

The front-wheel-drive sedan comes with a 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and is good for a 19/28 mpg city/highway rating. It starts at $35,900 and tops out at $42,160, including an $800 destination charge. Our model totaled $41,900, adding Nappa leather upholstery and the Luxury Package, which includes a powered bottom-cushion extension and ventilation for the standard heated driver's seat, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel with driver's-seat memory, a power rear-window sun shade and a panoramic moonroof.

Click here for the full review and check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

Editor's Note: This post has been corrected to reflect the Cadenza is indeed a front-wheel-drive sedan.

By Matt Schmitz | September 5, 2013 | Comments (18)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week


This week's list of most-watched videos should look familiar. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor and the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor videos remain at the top of the list, and Kia's new large sedan, the 2014 Cadenza, rounds out the bottom of the list. Check out what else was popular. 

1. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

2. 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG

4. 2014 Toyota Tundra

5. 2014 Kia Cadenza

By Jennifer Geiger | August 31, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Four newcomers shook things up in the top five on this week's most-watched videos list, led by PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor at No. 1. Williams got an up-close look at the Tremor recently at the Michigan International Speedway. Although Williams didn't get to drive it, he did sit in the passenger seat as professional driver Brad Keselowski took it for a couple of exciting laps in the No. 3 video. Meanwhile, the 2013 BMW X1 and 2014 Kia Cadenza bowed at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor
2. 2013 BMW X1
3. Brad Keselowski — 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor
4. 2013 Infiniti M35h

5. 2014 Kia Cadenza

By Matt Schmitz | August 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Kia Cadenza


The 2014 Kia Cadenza looks handsome and expensive outside, and rich materials and blissfully simple controls are big wins inside, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Although Kia's new full-size sedan is classy and comfortable, shoppers may have trouble paying premium prices for a sedan from a non-premium brand, Wiesenfelder says. 

2014 Kia Cadenza Review

By Jennifer Geiger | August 22, 2013 | Comments (5)

2014 Kia Cadenza Video

Would you pony up luxury-car prices for a luxury car that doesn't bear the nameplate of an established premium brand? Cars.com reviewer Joe Wisenfelder says the 2014 Kia Cadenza works hard to make a convincing case for "yes." This full-size sedan's style is BMW in front and Audi in back, and it offers an all-around roomy cabin, tons of premium features and a nice-driving 300-horsepower V-6. Wiesenfelder says this "very nice car" offers much of what you'd look for in a premium sedan. So can you live with that nameplate? Watch the video and decide.

2014 Kia Cadenza: Up Close

2014 Kia Cadenza: Photo Gallery
More Kia Cadenza News on Cars.com

By Matt Schmitz | August 19, 2013 | Comments (4)

What Hyundai-Kia's Latest Strike Means to Car Shoppers


Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.

Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Kia Cadenza: Car Seat Check


All-new for 2014, the Kia Cadenza is a return to the full-size sedan segment for the South Korean automaker. The Cadenza's backseat is plenty roomy for rear-facing child-safety seats, and it almost fit three car seats across the backseat.

By Jennifer Newman | August 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

Kia Announces Pricing for the 2014 Cadenza


Kia announced this week that its reentry into the full-size sedan segment, the 2014 Cadenza, will start at $35,900 (including an $800 destination charge) when it hits dealerships later this month. The sedan — powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injection V-6 good for 293 horsepower and paired with a six-speed, sport-tuned automatic transmission — will be available in one trim level with two available options packages.

The Korean automaker calls the Cadenza, which debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, its "most powerful and technologically advanced" vehicle ever offered in the U.S. It is also Kia's first full-size sedan since the Amanti’s departure a couple of years ago.

"Aside from a unique blend of European-inspired design, dynamic performance and high levels of refinement, Kia's newest flagship offers class-leading interior room and standard features," Kia said in a statement.

By Matt Schmitz | April 19, 2013 | Comments (5)

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