2014 Kia Cadenza Has Upscale Ambitions
2013 Detroit Auto Show
2013 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Kia Cadenza, the Korean brand's new flagship sedan that targets the 2013 Toyota Avalon, was unveiled on Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
- The Kia Cadenza will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.
- The Cadenza shares the same platform as the 2013 Hyundai Azera.
DETROIT — The 2014 Kia Cadenza, the Korean brand's new flagship sedan that targets the 2013 Toyota Avalon, was unveiled on Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The Kia Cadenza will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013. Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date, Kia said. But consumers should expect it to be priced above the top-of-the-line 2013 Kia Optima SXL. The 2013 Optima SXL starts at $35,275, including a $775 destination charge. The 2013 Toyota Avalon starts at $31,785, including a $795 destination charge.
The Cadenza shares the same platform as the 2013 Hyundai Azera. The Korean automaker said the Cadenza signals "Kia's intentions to enter into the premium-sedan segment." It also noted that the Cadenza is the "most technologically advanced Kia ever offered in the U.S. market."
Standard features include a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and UVO eServices, a back-up camera and a 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system with rear surround speakers. The sedan also gets standard leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, keyless entry with push-button start and Bluetooth.
An optional Technology package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake, advanced cruise control, a blind spot detection system and a lane departure warning system.
The Cadenza is equipped with a 293-horsepower 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates were not provided by Kia.
Exterior cues include a long hood, chrome accents and Kia's "Tiger Nose" front fascia.
Edmunds says: It will not be surprising to see a loaded 2014 Kia Cadenza priced well north of $40,000. Kia is shedding its bargain-basement roots.