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2014 Kia Cadenza: A Comfort

April 4, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Did you ever have one of those days when everything just seems blah? You feel blah, the weather is blah. You end up at the office way too late, and still somehow the traffic is worse than blah.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Big Panoramic Sunroof

March 13, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Our 2014 Kia Cadenza is full of features to impress your passengers. The dual-pane panoramic sunroof is one that my two young children happen to enjoy quite a bit when they are sitting in back.

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2014 Kia Cadenza Limited: Uncomfortable Seat Belt

March 5, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza Limited

I find the seat belt fastener in our 2014 Kia Cadenza to be uncomfortable. I have the same problem with our Kia Forte.

There is too much hard plastic around the buckle and it's thick. I find myself constantly trying to adjust it as it digs into my body.

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2014 Kia Cadenza Limited: Upscale Interior

January 31, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza Limited

To put it simply, the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited's interior is a nice place to spend time.

Two areas in particular stand out for me: The leather seats and the headliner.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Well-Designed Storage Spaces

January 22, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Accessible storage space isn't always a given in modern cars, even high-priced luxury models. Our $100K+ Tesla doesn't have anything more than a big flat space on the floor to put things down once you get in.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Good Adaptive Cruise Control

January 20, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Last night on my commute home I activated the adaptive cruise control in our 2014 Kia Cadenza and discovered that's it's a truly useful feature, even in L.A traffic.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Clear, Concise Gauges

January 10, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

One thing I like about the 2014 Kia Cadenza is its simplicity. For a car with such a long list of features, it's not overwhelming in the least. A good example of this is the gauge cluster.

As you can see, it's a pretty basic design. Some consider it too boring for a luxury car, much like the setup in our Cadillac ATS. But I like it for a few reasons.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: A Useful Feature of the Brakes

January 3, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

The last time I saw a feature like this was on a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. On the Mercedes, a quick jab of its brake pedal at a stop light engages the brakes and allows the driver to remove his foot from the pedal. Handy at those really long lights.

The way Kia does it, however, is with a button adjacent to the parking-brake button (shown in this blog entry). After pressing the button, an indicator lights in the instrument panel: White=ready, and Green=engaged. The next time the car comes to a stop, the brakes fully engage automatically. When the light traffic signal turns green, simply press the throttle normally and the Cadenza releases the brakes and the car gently pulls away.

Fine, call me lazy for it, but I like being able to relax both of my feet on the floor of the car while I wait for the traffic light. Also, when this system is active, the parking brake automatically engages when the vehicle is put in Park.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Useful Trunk Features

January 2, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited has standard heated rear seats, but they don't fold forward to augment trunk space. I recently bought a tree trimmer from the home improvement store, and while 15.9 cubic feet is generous, I was grateful to find the armrest pass-through. I probably could have wedged the eight-foot pole in the interior, but this trap door was easier.

Also, the $50 optional cargo net came in handy when I recently bought some fire wood. Don't laugh. This is how city slickers often get their wood: from the grocery store and bound neatly in shrink-wrapped plastic.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Back Seat Review

December 23, 2013

2014 Kia Cadenza

Recently, I went to lunch with a few co-workers from other departments within Edmunds. We were five in total so three lucky men got to sit in the back seat of our 2014 Kia Cadenza.

Naturally, I asked for a back seat review. Here is what they had to say:

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2014 Kia Cadenza: The Problem With the Push-Button Parking Brake

December 16, 2013

2014 Kia Cadenza

Like most new cars these days, our 2014 Kia Cadenza uses an electronic parking brake switch. They're the favored method these days as they tend to take up less space compared to a level or pedal in the footwell.

Although some on our staff loathe them, I don't mind them a bit, as long as they work logically. And by that I mean you push the button in to engage the brake and pull it out to release the brake, in other words, just like you would do with a pedal.

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