2014 Kia Cadenza: Even Granddad Is Impressed
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.
I've known this man for nearly a quarter century, and in this time he has not once bought a new car. He is one of the most practical people I know, and when he buys a car or truck, he always buys something with some miles on it. And then he drives that car until the wheels fall off. So when he followed up his compliment with a "How much does this thing go for?" I was surprised. Could Papa Eddie (as my son calls him) be thinking of getting a Kia Cadenza? I will keep you posted.
There is no denying the Cadenza simply looks great. Inside and out. There are a few misses in the interior, but no deal breakers. The cabin is easy to spend hours in, and that is due in part to how simple everything is to find/use.
The center stack layout makes great sense. It is divided into three sections, with the navigation system on top, HVAC unit beneath, and audio at the bottom. They all work together, but you are not forced to take multiple steps to do simple things. Want to make it cooler in the cabin? Look for the blue button. Increase fan speed? Look for the picture of the big fan. Easy stuff.
This layout will be appreciated by drivers who prefer simple, straightforward controls. The navigation system looks dated compared to others on the market, but it is so easy to use that if I had a technophobe who was insisting on getting an in-dash system, I'd have no problem recommending the Cadenza.
An added bonus? The navigation system can still be programmed by touch while the car is in motion. Score.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor