2014 Kia Cadenza: Good Adaptive Cruise Control
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.
The problem many of these systems have is an inability to deal realistically with traffic. You know, the real world, where people change lanes, cut you off and diminish your space cushion. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Cadenza's system — in medium traffic, anyway — is able to cope with such realities. It doesn't jam on the brakes when someone steals your space cushion and it accelerates quickly enough when the gaps increase again. The distance to the car in front is highly adjustable as well.
I'm yet to discover if this system is capable of taking the Cadenza to a full stop and then bringing it back to speed, a situation which different manufacturers handle differently. I'll report back when I discover how it responds in heavy traffic.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor