2014 Kia Cadenza Limited Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Cadenza: Distracting Adaptive Headlights

May 19, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

One of the standard features in our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited is the Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS).  If you're not familiar with adaptive headlights, you're not alone. Adaptive lights are primarily found in luxury cars, and although they've been on the market for a bit over 10 years, they are still new to many people, like me for example.

According to the Kia Web site, AFLS on the Cadenza "helps improve cornering visibility by moving the headlight beam into upcoming turns."

Driving the Cadenza after dark on my normal canyon drive home, the light beams were projecting front and center, and occasionally to the left, then to the right, performing as intended.

But the headlights were distracting me, adding little to my drive. Perhaps they will grow on me if I spend more time with them, but for now, I think I prefer fixed headlights.  While driving with quick twists and turns, the lights moved in ways I wasn't accustomed to, and more than once I caught myself paying attention to them instead of the drive.

Am I living in the past by preferring standard headlights, or do adaptive headlights simply take getting used to?

Matt Jones, Senior Editor

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Kia Cadenza in VA is:

$115 per month*
* Explanation