Smooth V6 Engine - 2014 Kia Cadenza Long-Term

2014 Kia Cadenza Limited Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Cadenza: Smooth V6 Engine

January 17, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

The 3.3-liter V6 engine in our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited is rated at 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. While that power rating isn't exactly thrilling in comparison to our long-term Corvette or SLP Panther Camaro, it does deliver really smooth acceleration.

When you mash the gas pedal for a passing maneuver on the highway, the Cadenza downshifts smoothly and gets up to speed just the way you'd expect a V6-powered full-size sedan to do. And from a stop in city traffic, the acceleration is immediate and steady.

With that said, these impressions are based on me being the car's only passenger over the weekend. I'm curious to see how the Cadenza performs on long, uphill grades or when it's loaded down with more cargo.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 2,200 miles


  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    I tried to make this comment when this was first posted, but comments weren't working again. Anyway, the Impala will move away from the Cadenza at WOT. It will also walk sideways with gobs of torque steer. But in everyday driving, it feels flat unless really poked and the Cadenza is much more responsive and even at WOT still is plenty quick. Plus, the touchy throttle of Kias past is gone and I've yet once to spin the front tires at what seemed like modest throttle. On modest grades, I've had it hunt from 6 to 5 to 6 back to 5 a couple of times, but I've found if I use the paddles to force it back to 6 it doesn't do it again.

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