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2014 Kia Cadenza: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 4, 2014

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We set no fuel economy milestones in our 2014 Kia Cadenza in October. We did, however, put roughly 1,600 miles on the sedan last month thanks mostly to a road trip from Southern California to the Bay Area.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Berkeley Road Trip, Part 2

November 3, 2014

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After a quick side trip from Berkeley to Oakland for a fantastic Sunday brunch (yeah, that's right, I said Oakland. I was shocked, too), the four of us climbed into the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited to head back to southern California to close out the weekend road trip. 

Even with four on board for the trip home (we only had three on the way up because my buddy's wife had flown up for school on Wednesday), everyone had plenty of room to stretch out and relax.

Round trip from my palatial, imitation apartment building in Orange County was 864 miles. The Cadenza averaged 25.9 mpg, with plenty of 70-75 mph driving. The best tank was 27.1 mpg, the worst was 25.1.    

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Berkeley Road Trip, Part 1

October 30, 2014

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The wife of one of my buddies is enrolled in an executive MBA program at UC Berkeley, and since she goes up there once a month to meet with her group of smarty-pants people, we thought, well, San Francisco is a cool city, and I'd never been to Berkeley...why the heck not make a road trip weekend out of it sometime?

So we did.

We found a cool little place to rent in Berkeley for the weekend via Airbnb, Edmunds car czar Mike Schmidt put us into the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited, and we were off on a Friday afternoon (don't tell anybody, but I snuck out a few hours early).

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Easy-to-Use Navigation System

October 28, 2014

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I like the way Kia has kept everything simple in the 2014 Kia Cadenza. This sedan is packed with features and technology but it all functions intuitively and is designed with a simple, easy-to-use interface.

Too many cars these days are just the opposite.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Digital Dashboard Start-Up Show

October 21, 2014

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With the proliferation of digital dashboards, it seems like each manufacturer has a start-up presentation of the vehicle's gauges. Our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited has a nice little show each time the starter button is pressed. Continue reading to see the video.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: High-Tech Features

October 20, 2014

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The steady flow of high technology makes its way to the mainstream, and our 2014 Kia Cadenza is no exception. With items like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and (not pictured, but covered extensively elsewhere) dynamic/active cruise control, you don't have to look to BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Cadillac for electronic wizardry. It might not have the same build quality or prestige as those premium brands, but our $43,000 Cadenza Limited has the goods.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Handy Trip Info

October 17, 2014

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Each time the driver shuts off the 2014 Kia Cadenza (our long-termer is the Limited trim), this screen pops up in the instrument panel on the dashboard. It's a useful bit of info to help you keep track of your driving efficiency, or lack thereof. This photo shows how I did on an unusually traffic-free commute to the office. According to the EPA's estimates of 22 mpg combined (28 mpg highway), my 26.8 mpg trip was pretty efficient and far better than our running average of 21.7 mpg.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: 15,000-Mile Service

October 16, 2014

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After nine months and roughly 15,000 miles, our 2014 Kia Cadenza again requested normally scheduled maintenance by flashing its "service required" wrench in the instrument panel. With the Cadenza's pleasant, worry-free first service in our minds, we brought the luxury sedan to Kia of Cerritos.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Stink Removal

October 14, 2014

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Apparently, I have a heightened sense of smell. As a supertaster, perhaps that makes sense, as smell accounts for about 70% of taste. Many times I'll notice something wafting through the air before those around me. Yup, I can sense a lactose-intolerant field mouse from 100 paces. What does this have to do with our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza, you ask?

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2014 Kia Cadenza: What Others Are Saying

October 9, 2014

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Did you know Edmunds.com readers can write their own reviews of our long-term test cars? Really, every car sold in the U.S. has a place on our site for consumer reviews. We call it, "What Others Are Saying."

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2014 Kia Cadenza: "Art" Car

October 6, 2014

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An unexpected stop at the local Home Goods store this week resulted in the purchase of three new pieces of framed "art."

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2014 Kia Cadenza Limited: Fuel Economy Update for September

October 3, 2014

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We added nearly 700 miles to our 2014 Kia Cadenza's odometer in the month of September. Our lifetime MPG average remains essentially flat at 21.7, as does our best fill of 29.9 mpg and our best range of 441.3 mpg.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Trunk Release Button But...

September 25, 2014

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You've seen some posts by our staff about the usefulness of the trunk features in our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza and one about it bonking Scott on his head.

This weekend I went grocery shopping and was happy to see the cargo net in the trunk to hold my bottles in place. But I noticed a cost-cutting feature in our Cadenza. While it has a trunk release button on the keyfob, it just unlatches the lock to the trunk. The trunk lid then pops open a little but does not have any equipment to auto-open and auto-close.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Back Seat Comfort

September 19, 2014

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A number of staffers have posted on the front seat comfort of our 2014 Kia Cadenza. For the record, I find the driver seat comfortable as it has an ideal combination of shaping, firmness and adjustability for my 5'-5", 155-lb frame. But enough about that, this post is about the rear seat.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Changing Public Opinion

September 17, 2014

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There are a few places I frequent in L.A. where they know what I do for a living. The people at the cheese store, my butcher, my liquor store and my hardwood supply place always ask me, "Whatcha driving today?"

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Smart Seats

September 15, 2014

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I'm a big guy, linebacker size. Ample space in the drivers cockpit is important to me, maybe more so than the average framed six-footer because I'm wide.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Overdue for Service

September 11, 2014

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It was the triangle illuminated in our 2014 Kia Cadenza that got my attention. I was driving at the time. In motion. Underway. And there it was, just a little yellow tri-pointed guy lurking at the bottom of the instrument cluster with no other information to go along with it. Quite the puzzler.

Not really. Had I been paying attention upon startup, I'd have seen the display you see above.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 9, 2014

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Our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza has racked up some miles in August, due in no small part to Senior Editor Matt Jones taking it to Colorado to drop his son off at college. That trip combined with our normal commutes added another 3,449 miles for the month with an average of 24.4 mpg.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Extremely Comfortable

September 4, 2014

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I'm calling out Travis Langness and Donna DeRosa.

Each has written about the uncomfortable driver's seat of our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza. First it was Donna complaining about the Uncomfortable Seatbelt. Then Travis with his update titled The Seats Don't Fit Me.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Adjustable Knee Support VIDEO

September 3, 2014

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Driver seats with long seat cushions generally hit me in the back of the knee in an uncomfortable way. So when I sat in the driver seat of our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza for the first time this weekend, I was bummed. The seat cushion was getting way too aggressive with my tender knee pit (scientific name: popliteal fossa).

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Very Adaptive

September 1, 2014

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that I wasn't sure how I felt about the adaptive headlights on our 2014 Kia Cadenza. Having driven more than 2,000 miles in the Cadenza, now I know. I don't like them. Not the Cadenza's in particular, but this feature in general.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Even Granddad Is Impressed

August 29, 2014

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During a stop at an In-N-Out in St George, Utah, I caught granddad checking out the 2014 Kia Cadenza's profile. "Nice wheels on this thing, man!" he said, with a big grin. We'd switched up our passengers. My son was now with mom, and Eddie had been with me for the past few hours in the Cadenza.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: And Away We Go

August 27, 2014

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We packed up the 2014 Kia Cadenza and started the first leg of our trip from Los Angeles to Colorado. The day started early, and we planned an easy drive to St George, Utah, give or take 400 miles.

The caravan consisted of me, the kid, his mom, and his granddad. My son and I were in the Cadenza, while mom and granddad were in a recently purchased 2000 Honda Accord that is going to be staying in Colorado. Both cars were packed with things that all incoming freshman need: clothes, skateboard, cell phone chargers...you know, the important stuff. Nothing too valuable, nothing too heavy.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Off to College

August 14, 2014

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As a kid, August was my favorite month. The last little bit of summer. That usually meant beaches, barbeques, and end-of- summer pool parties.

As an adult, August now is more about evening picnics, preseason football, and getting the kid ready for school. This year, however, getting my teenager ready for school means more than looking for deals on new clothes and backpacks. He is now 18 and moving off to college. University of Boulder, if you're curious.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Parking Brake Bliss

August 13, 2014

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Our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza has a cool little feature I've been meaning to tell you about. It's a small thing, but it's another example of Kia's attention to detail. And it's something I'm surprised more manufacturers choose not to do.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Trunk Lid Hit Me in the Head

August 12, 2014

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I'm a huge fan of our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza, and the more I drive this sedan the more I like it. However, last week I found something to complain about, and it just about hit me right between the eyes.

It was the Cadenza's trunk lid.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 8, 2014

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Our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza had a busy and fuel-efficient July thanks to quite a bit of highway time. Over the course of the month we drove the Kia 2,532 miles and averaged 24 mpg.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: The Seats Don't Fit Me

July 31, 2014

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After 200 highway miles in our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza I came to one solid conclusion about the interior: It just doesn't fit me. The seats are well-bolstered and made from high quality materials but I just can't get comfortable while driving the Cadenza and here's why.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Wind Noise

July 22, 2014

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When driving our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza I can hear quite a bit of wind noise coming from the area of the A-pillars.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Is $43,200 Too Expensive?

July 21, 2014

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Our 2014 Kia Cadenza is a spacious sedan that's perfectly nice to drive and crammed full of equipment. I'm sorry, though, there's just no way I'd pay $43,200 on a Kia Cadenza. Just reading that out loud sounds ridiculous, yet to be fair, I also wouldn't spend that much on a Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera or Toyota Avalon, if you could actually get them to cost that much.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: About Adaptive Cruise Control

July 17, 2014

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Adaptive cruise control is a technology that not too long ago was restricted to flagship-type vehicles like our Mercedes CL65, but now, is trickling down to cars like the Ford Fusion, Jeep Cherokee and our 2014 Kia Cadenza. The systems themselves differ between manufacturers and some are certainly better than others in regards to functionality and additional features. The Cadenza's is one of the better ones.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Road Trip Impressions

July 15, 2014

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For the Fourth of July holiday, I packed up my family (wife and two small children) for a 600-mile round-trip road trip. The crossover SUVs in Edmunds' long-term fleet weren't available, but I figured the 2014 Kia Cadenza would work out fine given that it has the space and comfort to be a trusty long-distance companion.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: We've Cleared 10,000 Miles

July 14, 2014

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We're now at the halfway mark for a long-term test of our 2014 Kia Cadenza. For almost every vehicle in our fleet, we aim to rack up at least 20,000 miles in a one-year stay. We started our Cadenza test back in December 2013, so we're a little behind schedule so far.

That said, our Cadenza has been rock-solid and earned plenty of favorable comments.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Number One Sedan for Tall Drivers

July 10, 2014

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If the NBA's Tim Duncan reads our long-term vehicle updates (surely he does!) then this 6-foot 11-inch two-time MVP award winner will certainly be interested to know that the 2014 Kia Cadenza earned the top position in Edmunds' recently published Top Ten Sedans for Tall Drivers.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Pricing and the Competition

July 09, 2014

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You can't buy a cheap 2014 Kia Cadenza. By that I mean the most basic Cadenza, the Premium trim level with no options, has an MSRP of $35,900. In contrast, the least expensive 2014 Chevrolet Impala starts with an MSRP of $27,735.

But Kia also decks out this "base" Cadenza with plenty of features. Even navigation is standard, for instance. While this could be a turnoff for a car shopper desiring a large sedan with no frills, it also means the more typical shopper will have to do a little homework to see how the Cadenza compares apples-to-apples against the competition.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 03, 2014

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We added on about 1,400 miles to our 2014 Kia Cadenza during the month of June. Nobody went on any big trips last month, so we accumulated those miles just commuting around Southern California.

For the month, we averaged 21.7 mpg.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Non-Chrome Wheel Recall

June 25, 2014

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Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of shiny chrome wheels, but in the case of our 2014 Kia Cadenza, buying the bling was the right choice.

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