Comparison: The Big Test: 2013/2014 Full-Size Sedans


The full-size segment should mean comfort, interior space, and lots of features

Motor Trend magazine recently put the Kia Cadenza head to again against some other full size sedans, and the Kia Cadenza came out on top! We've pulled some quotes from the article and listed them below. Click here to read the full article.

But what of the Kia? Associate online editor Nate Martinez noted of the Cadenza, "It's extremely smooth, well-sorted, and amazingly comfortable."

Kia's Cadenza also impressed with its eager 3.3-liter mill and paddle-shiftable six-speed auto.

Then we talked about how Kia had managed to build a car utilizing roughly the same engine and platform as its upscale brother, Hyundai, and somehow managed to do a better job. While the Kia wasn't the best in every category, it was strong in those that make the most difference: ride comfort, interior space, and fuel economy. It has a features list that could rival an $80K BMW's and value that places it above its full-size brethren. For those reasons, the Kia Cadenza is our full-size champ.

1st place: Kia Cadenza

A huge value proposition, solid fuel efficiency, near-luxury ride, and pretty sheetmetal make the Kia our near-unanimous choice for first place.

2nd place: Chevrolet Impala

Despite a few flaws, the Impala offers a well-thought-out package at a reasonable cost. This is a solid step forward for the American sedan.

3rd place: Toyota Avalon

Extremely efficient and generous in interior room and features, the Avalon is let down by a bone-shaking ride and an uninspiring drive.

4th place: Chrysler 300S

A pretty face goes a long way, but it can't argue with reality. Poor fuel economy and interior room relegate the good-looking Chrysler to fourth.

5th place: Ford Taurus

The Taurus needs more than a refresh to compete in this segment. If you're on a budget, shop for something in the midsize category.

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