2014 Kia Cadenza: Easy-to-Use Navigation System
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.
The Kia's navigation system, which is standard equipment on our top-of-the-line Cadenza Limited, is a perfect example of this. It has a large 8-inch touch screen with clear, uncomplicated graphics and simple prompts. No big iDrive-like dials. No multiple screens. No endless maze of menus.
This system never tries to be or do too much. And the result is an extremely user-friendly system that never confuses the user or makes him or her feel dumb or inadequate. It also cuts down on driver distractions, which is always a good thing.
The Kia's system is also properly quick. Unlike some (Chevy's MyLink) the Kia's system doesn't make you wait while it "thinks." Plus, the Cadenza's touchscreen sensitivity is just right (some touchscreen systems like Ford's Sync, do not respond to your inputs all of the time).
Kia's system is the way I think it should be. If you own a Lexus with that weird, frustrating and ridiculously overcomplicated mouse-like controller you know what I'm talking about.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 17,100 miles