2014 Kia Cadenza Review

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Ponder this 2014 Kia Cadenza’s as-tested price, browse its list of features and upper-crust options, gaze on its handsome body, and one might naturally infer that it’s a luxury car. We’d agree. But after testing the Cadenza, it’s more complicated than that. Consider, if you will, Kia’s startlingly ambitious plan to legitimately compete with luxury brands by 2017, which will be spearheaded by the rear-drive K9/Quoris. The Cadenza plays a role in this mission, although unlike its more overtly luxurious sibling, it’s more of a toe in the water; an attempt to prepare us mentally for more-expensive Kias to come.

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As such, everything about the Cadenza feels carefully crafted to impress while taming expectations. Its luxurious tidings and big footprint make it an enticing alternative to smaller—but similarly priced—sedans such as the Acura TL and Lexus ES350. However, its name lacks the alphanumeric nonsense that’s practically a luxury-car prerequisite (XTS, 528i, E550), so it shouldn’t scare away buyers looking at the similarly sized Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, or the Cadenza’s architectural twin, the Hyundai Azera.

Seriously, Forget the Amanti

The Cadenza technically replaces the milquetoast Amanti, but banish any memory you might have of that car, which Kia mercifully yanked from dealerships three years ago. Starting with styling that mixes elements from the latest Forte sedan, the Optima, and the K9, the Cadenza is much, much better. From some angles it looks derivative—a Volkswagen Passat-ified Suzuki Kizashi comes to mind—but overall, the impression is upscale and even slightly sporty. Even though it’s basically a bigger Optima underneath, the Cadenza looks like its own luxury animal. Like the Toyota Avalon and Camry, the two Kias share a platform, although the Cadenza’s front subframe is unique, as is its body structure aft of the rear seat. (The new subframe accommodates the V-6—the Optima lineup is four cylinder only.) Dimensional differences are relatively minor, with the Cadenza’s wheelbase spanning two more inches, overall length an additional 5.2 inches, width another 0.7 inch, and height another 0.8 inch. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by ALEXANDER STOKLOSA

This review is about seriously forget the amanti.