2014 Kia Cadenza: And Away We Go
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.
The first stop after escaping L.A. traffic was Barstow, a town roughly 150 miles from home. It's a great place to stretch your legs and grab some gas before hitting the wide open highway between L.A. and St. George.
On the I-15 towards Barstow, I hit a few rough patches of freeway and felt the suspension protest. This is slightly out of character as this car normally offers a smooth, even drive. I've never noticed any bad highway manners. I also hadn't carried a trunk full of gear, either. You can really see the difference at the wheel well. The picture on the left is with the load, on the right the car is empty.
The maximum load for both passengers and cargo was a hair over 900 pounds, according to the Kia Cadenza driver door insert sticker. I did a quick weight calculation in my head, and I figured we had at least 150 pounds before we hit that number, being generous. The trunk was mainly clothes. I didn't bring much myself, just one medium-sized bag and my laptop backpack.
The Cadenza is geared more towards a luxury ride than sporty, hence the soft suspension. I checked a few other midsized cars, and the passenger/cargo load is about normal for this size car.
Now, I'm wondering if my personal five-passenger car dips like this when I fill it up. It has nearly the same load rating. I'll have to check.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 13,600 miles