2014 Kia Cadenza: Parking Brake Bliss
August 13, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza has a cool little feature I've been meaning to tell you about. It's a small thing, but it's another example of Kia's attention to detail. And it's something I'm surprised more manufacturers choose not to do.
It's the automatic release of the Cadenza's parking brake when the driver puts the sedan's transmission in gear. Like I said, it's not a big deal, but it makes perfect sense. Every morning you jump in the car, fire it up, put on your seatbelt and pull the shifter down into reverse. At that moment, why shouldn't the car's parking brake be smart enough to release itself for you?
Heck, my mother's Cadillac Eldorado did this way back in 1985. Yet it's a rare luxury in today's market, despite electronic push button parking brakes becoming commonplace. Some manufacturers, like Lexus, even take it a step further, engaging the parking brake when the transmission is shifted back into park.
Still, for the most part, parking brakes remain a manual on/off operation. Nice going, Kia.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 12,830 miles