The all-new 2014 Cadenza sedan has received a lot of good press from North American auto journalists, and it’s easy to understand why — it has a luxury look and a plush interior, and comes with a long list of amenities. It’s also the most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced.
The Cadenza is offered in just one trim level, Premium, and has a starting MSRP of $35,100. It comes with such standard and available equipment as Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). It combines Kia’s most powerful engine with a wellengineered chassis, a direct and communicative steering system and a capable multi-link rear suspension.
Cadenza has an upscale European-influenced design and plenty of muscle with Kia’s most powerful V-6. The cabin features soft touch points, tasteful chrome details and premium wood accents. All of these elements fused with the latest technology offer new sophistication in the growing auto market between mainstream and luxury.
Cadenza has more standard equipment than a lot of premium brands and all vehicles come with leather seat trim, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth wireless technology.
Other standard features include an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and UVO eServices displayed on a high-resolution eight inch touch screen, a standard Rear-Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning System, and a premium 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system, including rear surround speakers and subwoofer.
Two option packages are offered, Luxury and Technology:
Luxury Package ($38,100) adds a fulllength panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlights with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), seven-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, premium Napa leather seats; a memoryenabled 12-way ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column. The rear seat area has outboard heated seats and a power rear sunshade for even more comfort and privacy.
Technology Package ($41,100) builds on the Luxury Package and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake with auto hold and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and helps bring the car to a full stop if necessary. Package includes water-repellant hydrophobic front side windows, radar-based Blind Spot Detection system (BSD) with Lane Change Assist, and Kia’s first-ever Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) to provide audible and visual alerts to the driver if the car drifts into another lane.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com