Experts weigh in on the upgraded Kia Cadenza with first test drives and reviews

The upgraded Kia Cadenza, which made its North American debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, has been making headlines as of late. We wanted to post some test drives and reviews by automotive experts over the past week and share what they have to say about our luxury sedan.

The Cadenza moves the Kia brand further up market by offering customers an impressive list of standard and optional equipment that takes in-car technology and premium features to an entirely new level.

But don’t take our word for it – be sure to check it out for yourself when it’s available in your area, and tell us what you think.


2014 Kia Cadenza, with features galore, challenges premium sedans

“Buyers looking for a roomy sedan with a lot of luxury features get a new choice this year, and it’s a good-looking, well-powered, impressively mannered four door with a Kia badge on the front.”
“With one engine — a 293-horsepower V-6 — the Cadenza offers more power than the Avalon and the base LaCrosse engine, too.”

Read more: 2014 Kia Cadenza, with features galore, challenges premium sedans – Washington Post – Bruce Benedict/Associated Press


2014 Kia Cadenza Test Drive

“Sleek and quietly stylish, the Cadenza occupies a new position in the Kia lineup as the company’s first-ever entry luxury sedan. Based on the midsize Optima front-drive sedan architecture, the Cadenza is bigger, roomier, and decidedly posh.”

Read more: 2014 Kia Cadenza Test Drive – Popular Mechanics


2014 Kia Cadenza first drive from Consumer Reports

“The large Kia Cadenza serves up lots of luxury features at a likable price. Like other Kias, the styling is modern and attractive. First impressions are that the Cadenza is pleasant to drive.”


The Cadenza proves Kia can do luxury

“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.”

“The thought of comparing Kia favorably with Mercedes-Benz was unheard of 10 years ago.”

“Issues of used versus new aside, this Cadenza’s leather-wrapped steering wheel felt excellent in my hands, while wood trim around the cabin had the substantial look of furniture. And I don’t usually like glossy wood trim. Soft-touch materials covered the dashboard, and the plastic parts had a nice finish that was decidedly un-plasticky.”

Note: The model specifications and trim levels reviewed above are for the North American market. Please stay tuned or contact us for specifications and availability in your market.

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