2014 Kia Cadenza: Performance Testing
January 10, 2014
293 horsepower. Front-wheel drive. 3,700 pounds. Automatic. Our long term 2014 Kia Cadenza was made for long-distance cruising or trips straight up the 15 to Vegas. It was not made for the track.
But we took it there anyways. For science.
Drive Type: Front engine, front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Engine Type: Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 3,342 / 204
Redline (rpm): 6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 293 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 255 @ 5,200
Brake Type (front): Ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): Solid discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Suspension Type(front): Double wishbone, independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar.
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): P245/40R19 (94V) M+S
Tire Size (rear): P245/40R19 (94V) M+S
Tire Brand: Hankook
Tire Model: Optima H426
Tire Type: All season
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,770
0-30 (sec): 2.7 (2.9 w/ TC on)
0-45 (sec): 4.6 (4.8 w/ TC on)
0-60 (sec): 6.7 (6.8 w/ TC on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 6.4 (6.5 w/ TC on)
0-75 (sec): 9.8 (10.0 w/ TC on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 14.9 @ 94.9 (15.0 @ 95.2 w/ TC on)
30-0 (ft): 31
60-0 (ft): 122
Slalom (mph): 62.0
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.82 (0.80 w/ESC on)
Db @ Idle: 37.2
Db @ Full Throttle: 72.6
Db @ 70-mph cruise: 64
RPM @ 70: 2,100
Acceleration: Even with traction control left on, it allows a little bit of wheelspin from a dead stop. Shutting traction control off and getting it just right only nets a tenth of a second, so it's hardly worth it. Also, while there's a manual shift mode and the transmission still auto-upshifts and these don't seem any different from Drive. All the shifts are smooth and relatively quick regardless of mode.
Braking: The first stop was eight feet shorter than the fourth and last stop. While the pedal remained quite firm, the distance fade was noticeable. Modest dive, but always straight. I wouldn't say these were good brakes, just adequate for a family sedan.
Slalom: Steering is quick (ratio) and more responsive than I would've imagined for this car. It turns in confidently, rolls quite a lot, but begins to pendulum with each successive cone. ESC is calibrated to react late in the process and so it is rather heavy-handed with its brake application(s). Still, go about the slalom with minimal upset to the chassis and minimize steering input, and it is a confident handler, but certainly not a benchmark by any means.
Skidpad: Disabling ESC here only improves the max grip by a small margin. I could 'steer' the car with the throttle, pointing it in or out of the circle at will, but leaving ESC/Trac on earned practically the same level of grip and it merely drove around with the throttle managing progress. Steering actually feels rather good, with enough information and not too much weight to muddy the experience.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 1,732 miles