2014 Kia Cadenza: Off to College
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.
Helicopter dad that I am, I'm going to drive him and his stuff to school. Yes, we could certainly fly there and ship his gear. But where's the fun in that? We'd miss this perfect chance for our longest road trip yet. There are a few ex-Colorado residents here at Edmunds, and all have said it's a beautiful drive. I'm always up for a beautiful drive. Plus, a few more hours with my soon to be out of the house son is something I can't pass up.
I'm taking our long term 2014 Kia Cadenza for the drive. I plan to put roughly 2,300 miles on the Cadenza during this trip.
On the way to Colorado, we are going to take our time and see the sights. No real rush. I expect to take three days to reach our destination. The trip back will be at a faster clip, and should only take two days.
I will share my impressions of the Kia over the next few posts.
This might be a good time to tell you a bit more about me. I'm not a pop-the-hood-of-a-car kind of guy. It's unlikely you'll ever hear me talk about camber, yaw, compression ratios, co-efficient drag, and the like. I do, however, care about comfort and convenience features: navigation systems, killer stereos, power tailgates, connectivity, stuff like that. And, of course, how it all comes together while driving. I'm already a fan of the Kia Cadenza, and I'm excited to see how I feel about it during and after the trip.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor @13,430 miles