2014 Kia Cadenza: Kudos for Kia’s Newest Luxury Sedan!
Kia previewed the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan at L’Auberge Del Mar, an intimate resort outside of San Diego, California that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The property has 121 rooms with private balconies or patios and marble bathrooms, two lighted tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub and a verdant garden path that winds down to the ocean. The property once hosted the glitter of Hollywood in its glory days, including Lucy and Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby and Esther Williams. The resort, like the Cadenza, is comfortable, stylish and carries the assurance of a long-standing institution. Kia Motors America (KMA) recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.
What: “The Cadenza is the most powerful and technically advanced Kia ever with really good fuel economy at a really good price. We also have the phenomenal designer, Peter Schreyer, “said Michael Sprague, executive vice-president, Marketing & Communications for KMA.
On the surface: Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ president and chief design officer, is known for his Bauhaus inspired designs for Audi. This type of Bauhaus inspiration carries over into the new Cadenza. It is stylishly lean and uncluttered look of the Cadenza. The sports sedan’s wide shoulders, large wheels, contoured hood and wide platform translate to Cadenza’s broad shoulders, contoured hood, large wheels and wide grounded stance. Chrome accents around the fog lights and grille, LED positioning lights and headlights give the Kia a slight European edge. In profile, the Cadenza is exquisitely carved with curves that catch the light. Chrome accents adorn the lower doors, LED taillights cut across a large portion of the vehicle and twin oval tail pipes add spunk.
Inside Story: The uncluttered cabin is dressed up with soft leather upholstery, accents of wood and chrome, ambient lighting, chrome bezel controls and a classic analog clock. The center console is angled slightly toward the driver, and an available large 7-inch high-res LCD screen in the gauge cluster shows a range of vehicle information including turn-by-turn navigation and infotainment. The premium 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system includes rear surround speakers and subwoofer.
All vehicles come equipped with leather seat trim with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth® wireless technology and UVO eServices. UVO (short for “your voice”) is Kia’s hands-free infotainment system that provides voice and touch-activated experiences to manage music files and hands-free mobile phone operation. For 2014, UVO eServices is powered by a free smartphone app that will provide drivers with an in-vehicle connectivity experience including navigation, diagnostics capabilities and added convenience features.
What you didn’t know about Harman: You may not have realized that the fabulous Infinity 12-speaker system that is featured in the Kia Cadenza comes from the Harman family of audio brands. You are probably aware that Harman is known for more than automotive systems. In fact, the Harman Kardon brand SoundSticks speaker and subwoofer system that was introduced in 2000 joined the permanent collection at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Obviously, these aren’t just any speakers; SoundSticks otherworldly design makes it an art form. The newest rendition of SoundSticks is wireless. With its luminescent white LED glow and transparent speaker covers, the system lets you stream audio from Bluetooth-enabled devices as well as traditional ones. The SoundSticks Wireless features a six-inch subwoofer, eight full-range drivers, 40 watts of amplification and built-in Bluetooth technology. The cost? Surprisingly reasonable. The MSRP on SoundSticks Wireless is $229.95; without the Bluetooth connection SoundSticks III comes in at $169.95.
The Cruise: Bottom line, the Cadenza was a delicious drive. It was everything you want in a sports sedan: light, flat, strong, quick, pliable…and quiet. The fuel economy comes in at a competitive 19-city/28 highway.
The sports sedan is equipped with Kia’s most powerful V6 engine. The direct inject engine (for better performance and fewer emissions) produces 293 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. The car comes with a six-speed automatic transmission that has a sportmatic manual shift mode and paddle shifters.
Awesome Maintenance Plan: The complimentary scheduled maintenance program for the all new 2014 Cadenza covers the first five factory scheduled service appointments and is applicable for 36 months or 37,500 miles, whichever comes first.
Price: For $38,100, the Luxury Package Cadenza comes equipped with a full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlights with adaptive front lighting system, 7-inch LCD instrument cluster, premium Nappa leather seats, a memory-enabled 12-way ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column, rear outboard heated seats and a power rear sunshade.
At $41,100, the Technology Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake with automatic hold. The smart cruise control maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and helps bring the car to a full stop if necessary. This package also includes water-repellant front side windows, radar-based blind spot detection system with lane change assist and Kia’s first-ever lane departure warning system , which provides audible and visual alerts to the driver, if they unintentionally drift into another lane.
Color note: Do you like white on white? The fully tricked out Cadenza with Luxury and Tec packages offers a white interior package at no extra cost. The bundle includes yummy white Nappa leather trim, wood grain accents and quality headliner material.
Kia’s Giveback: The OEM remains involved in many initiatives including the NBA and LPGA in which they serve as the "Official Automotive Partner." Kia is also in partnership with Teachers Ask-You Choose.org. The organization, funded by other companies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Starbucks, notes on its website, “We make it easy to help classrooms in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests which range from pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria.”