November 3, 2014
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.
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.
September 1, 2014
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I wasn't sure how I felt about the adaptive headlights on our 2014 Kia Cadenza. Having driven more than 2,000 miles in the Cadenza, now I know. I don't like them. Not the Cadenza's in particular, but this feature in general.
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 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.
July 17, 2014
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.
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 21, 2014
As we edge closer to self-driving cars, it's interesting to see how different manufacturers design the adaptive cruise control systems. That feature in the 2014 Kia Cadenza is more refined than any I've driven. If I could learn to trust it (I can't stop hovering my foot over the brake) it would cut stress and make my congested commuter a lot easier.
Here's how it works.
May 19, 2014
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."
March 20, 2014
One feature I happen to like (of the many) on our 2014 Kia Cadenza is its 8-inch touchscreen display. It comes standard on every Cadenza.
February 18, 2014
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.
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 9, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
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.