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2014 Kia Cadenza: I Dig the LED Lighting

December 5, 2014

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As our time with the 2014 Kia Cadenza nears its end, I realized I never posted anything about one of my favorite features on this car: the LED strips that surround the high-intensity headlights.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Road Trip to the Track

December 3, 2014

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Sometimes as we near the end of the year with a long-termer, we need to make a final push to get the miles past the 20,000-mile mark. This was the case with our 2014 Kia Cadenza, but not by much. In the last update, I hit the milestone about 200 miles outside of L.A. Honestly though, I would have gladly taken the Cadenza either way because I really wanted something comfortable and quiet because I had a lot of driving ahead of me and it was a quick turnaround.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: 20,000-Mile Mark

November 28, 2014

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Just as our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza is set to leave the lot after a year, I managed to push past the 20,000-mile mark on a road trip up to Monterey. More on that later.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Las Vegas Road Trip

November 25, 2014

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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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Wind Noise

July 22, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

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

2014 Kia Cadenza

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: 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

2014 Kia Cadenza

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: 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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2014 Kia Cadenza: Soft, But Capable Suspension

June 20, 2014

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There's nothing remotely sporty about the 2014 Kia Cadenza. Its suspension is tuned for comfort above else, and that's a good thing. There are plenty of sport sedans in this category already. Kia didn't need to add another.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Looks Like an Expensive Car

June 12, 2014

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If there were no badges or other clues to tip them off to its brand, the average car buyer would probably think our 2014 Kia Cadenza was a high-end German or Japanese luxury sedan.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Time For Maintenance

May 27, 2014

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We just passed the 7,500-mile mark in our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited, which means it's time to take the sedan in for its first scheduled service at the dealer, as noted by the maintenance reminder on the instrument panel.  

What exactly will the first service entail?

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2014 Kia Cadenza: IIHS Crash Test

May 2, 2014

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded Top Safety Pick 2013 status to the 2014 Kia Cadenza after it received "Good" ratings in all four categories (moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint) but the award doesn't necessarily carry over to 2014.

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2014 Kia Cadenza Shopping Comparison: Genesis vs. Cadenza

April 16, 2014

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I'm sometimes guilty of making broad assumptions. "The 2014 Kia Cadenza is just like a Hyundai Genesis sedan," I said to myself. This is somewhat true on a superficial level. Both cars are roughly the same size and represent the luxury offerings from their respective brands. There is also a higher-end car above each (the Hyundai Equus and the Kia K900). The Kia Cadenza and the Hyundai Genesis cost roughly the same too. The 2014 Kia Cadenza starts at $35,900 and the 2014 Hyundai Genesis starts at $36,120. But despite these similarities, there are some differences too.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Project Car

April 1, 2014

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I've been bugging my boss to let me do an Edmunds project car for years, but my pleas have fallen of deaf ears. That was until I made a fatal mistake.

I said, "I don't even care what car it is, I'll do anything."

Ooops.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Huge Wheels = Firm Ride?

March 27, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

I spent a weekend with our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited, and as I expected, it has an expansive interior, plenty of amenities and solid acceleration courtesy of its direct-injected 3.3-liter V6 engine. It also has a pretty firm ride over the ruts and seams on the city streets and highways in Southern California, an issue that Brent hit upon in an earlier update (http://www.edmunds.com/kia/cadenza/2014/long-term-road-test/2014-kia-cadenza-handling-and-ride-comfort.html).

In fairness, we don't have great roads here in spite of the clement weather. So a lot of cars ride too stiffly for my taste. Still, with our Cadenza Limited, there's little doubt that its borderline outlandish wheel/tire package plays some role in my mild discomfort.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: My Top Three Reasons To Buy a Cadenza

March 10, 2014

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Perhaps you're shopping for a large sedan. There are a lot of solid cars to choose from, including the Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera and Toyota Avalon. After spending some time with our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza, I've come up with three top attributes where I think it holds the most appeal.

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2014 Kia Cadenza Limited: Fancy Wheels

February 28, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza Limited

These 19-inch alloy wheels with chrome finish on our 2014 Kia Cadenza are too busy for me. I certainly wouldn't want to hand-wash them.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Help When You Need It

February 18, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

I pair my phone to just about every new car I get in and it's not always obvious how to do it. Our 2014 Kia Cadenza is actually quite easy to figure out, but Kia knows that everyone has a different level of comfort with such things so it displays the phone number to its customer assistance program right on the screen.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: Looks Like A Lexus?

January 23, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

He was eyeing the big Korean sedan like it was a naked Kim Kardashian sitting there in front of the hotel. Then, as the valet dropped the keys in my hand, he couldn't resist.

"That's a Kia?" he said.

"It is," I responded.

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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: Adaptive (Curve-Following) Front Lighting System

January 9, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited has AFLS or Adaptive Front Lighting System as standard equipment. Like our long-term Mazda CX-5, the headlamps do a very good job of following the steering input for bends in the road.

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2014 Kia Cadenza: An Optical Illusion in the Touchscreen, Maybe

January 8, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

Our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited has a pretty nifty touchscreen audio unit. In fact, the clean graphics remind me of our long-gone 2009 Nissan GT-R. The reason for this post, however, is that while looking at the screen, it appears the dots in the background subtly dance or move to the music. It was my intention to show you this little trick, that is, until I reviewed the video.

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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: 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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