Kia Cadenza

2014 Kia Cadenza (May 10, 2013)

I was conflicted at the end of a week spent with the 2014 Kia Cadenza. I liked the car a lot, but one feature came close to spoiling the driving experience for me. The lane departure warning system turned out to be the electronic equivalent of the little boy who cried wolf too many times.

All my husband Jim and I had to do was get somewhat close to a lane marking and it would sound the alarm. Sometimes it would go off even when we had the car perfectly centered between the lines. I like this feature in theory, and I think it is a safety enhancement, but I’d opt to turn it off in the Cadenza. Doing so requires just the touch of a button.

The other high-tech gear worked well. The active cruise control kept a set distance to the car ahead and the blind spot alert never faltered.

We had the car in week of extreme cold and during a moderate snowfall. These are less- than-ideal conditions for maximum fuel economy and we did fall to just 19 miles per gallon. Earlier, Jim had managed to go 24.3 miles per gallon in a shorter, warm-weather drive of another Cadenza.

One feature that worked beautifully was the heated steering wheel. It started warming up right after I turned the first corner leaving our neighborhood, which is just five houses down on our suburban street. Excellent.

The passenger cabin is comfortable. I found the driver’s seat bottom cushion a little too long at first. As part of the Luxury Package, it has a power cushion extension. Pulled all the way back and with a little
tinkering with the seat’s height, I was able to find a comfortable position.

Perhaps the best indication of the value represented in the Kia Cadenza – I initially wanted to call it the credenza – was my price guess, which was $5,000 more than the car’s list price. It competes with many excellent cars, but that kind of a price break should give the car a head start with many buyers.