November 25, 2014
Sometimes you get an itch to get the hell out of town and unwind for a couple of days. The mood struck me hard in early November, and I knew a trip to Las Vegas would do the trick. I got a few friends on board, requested our 2014 Toyota Highlander, and counted down the days. If only things were that easy...
You see, I had six people all ready to go, and the Highlander has six seats. A few days before we were scheduled to leave, I signed out the SUV to make sure we would all fit. We found out the hard and uncomfortable way that a couple of six-footers couldn't be crammed into the third-row seats, which are more suitable for children. We would have to take two cars.
October 28, 2014
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.
October 21, 2014
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.
October 20, 2014
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.
October 17, 2014
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.
October 14, 2014
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?
September 19, 2014
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.
September 15, 2014
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.
September 4, 2014
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.
August 29, 2014
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.
August 27, 2014
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.
August 14, 2014
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.
August 13, 2014
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.
July 31, 2014
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.
June 10, 2014
Loving our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza. This is a great looking sedan with satisfying performance, extreme levels of comfort and an impressive list of luxury features. It has also proven to be dead reliable.
But there is one thing about this sedan that annoys.
May 28, 2014
During the same stretch of 100-degree days, I came out from the movies, grabbed the steering wheel and "yikes, that's hot!"
The problem rests solely with the upper wood portion. The leather on the majority of the wheel reacts just fine to high temps.
May 14, 2014
I had our 2014 Kia Cadenza parked in my front driveway. It was unexpectedly hot when I left for work and the morning sun had been beating down on the car. The inside was stifling.
Our Kia Cadenza has heated and cooled seats. While I'm not really one to use the seat coolers, I tried them out. They always seem a little weird to me so I only kept them on a few minutes. Cooled seats are a strange sensation.
April 4, 2014
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.
March 13, 2014
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.
March 5, 2014
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.
January 31, 2014
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.
January 22, 2014
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.
January 20, 2014
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.
January 10, 2014
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.
January 3, 2014
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.
January 2, 2014
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.
December 23, 2013
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:
December 16, 2013
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.