2014 Kia Cadenza 3,3L V6 (293 horsepower) Review

Kia has earned the deserved reputation of putting out vehicles that deliver a major bang for the buck.

To this point, the Optima mid-size sedan was the top of the line as far as luxury goes, but the automaker has now taken the brand a step further with the release of the 2014 Cadenza.

New Kia Cadenza is slightly larger than the Optima, but a lot more upscale.

This may very well be Kia’s way of appeasing customers that love their brand, but who were forced to look elsewhere for something a little luxurious.

The question is, did they pull it off?

Vinnie Richichi of Drivetime got a chance to test drive the 2014 vehicle, and here are his thoughts.

Cadenza Review: 293-horsepower engine, 6-speed automatic transmission

The Cadenza is a great looking car with a very distinctive front grille and lamp treatment being especially pleasing to the eye.

The car has a definite athletic stance thanks to a sharp profile and well placed lines. The rear bears some resemblance to an Audi, with oval dual exhaust ports.

The materials used on the interior, as well as the overall fit and finish, are also excellent.

The driver’s seat comes with 10-way power and a heating and cooling system, while the rear seat is 6-way power with heating.

There is plenty of leg room in both front and back, with the lengthening of the platform really helping in the rear seating area.

The dash is well laid out and easy to navigate, and the UVO eServices system is top notch, allowing you to connect with the car in many ways.

The system comes with a 10-year subscription and smartphone app. The car that was test driven included an incredible Infinity sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

The engine used in the Cadenza is Kia’s 3.3-liter 6-cylinder that cranks out 293 horses.

It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that handles the hills in San Diego quite nicely.

Each model also comes with paddle shifters that help add a sporty touch to the sedan.

Freeway driving is smooth, and there is more than enough power under the hood to make passing on two lanes a confident maneuver that the car handles easily.

The suspension delivers a solid, confident ride, although it can be a little jarring when hitting a particularly large pothole.

The 2015 Kia Cadenza delivers a very light steering touch with only minimal road feel, but it handles corners and curves quite nicely. Braking was also smooth and confident.

One area where you really get more for your money is in the safety department.

Distronic cruise control, blind spot warning, lane departure control and a number of other safety systems are standard, and usually cost much more in vehicles similar to the Cadenza.

2014 Cadenza Pricing Starts At $35,100

Starting at just $35,100, the Kia Cadenza is pretty much loaded with features, For a few thousand extra you can add the Luxury and Technology packages.

Fuel efficiency comes in at 19 city and 28 highway for an average of 22 mpg.

It turns out that that the 2014 Cadenza is indeed an impressive effort, at least judging from the 8 hour test drive.

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2 thoughts on “2014 Kia Cadenza 3,3L V6 (293 horsepower) Review

  1. Have never driven one but I’ve always liked my Amanti and can only imagine how nice the Cadenza. I just don’t like the name.

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