2014 Kia Cadenza: Pricing and the Competition
July 09, 2014
You can't buy a cheap 2014 Kia Cadenza. By that I mean the most basic Cadenza, the Premium trim level with no options, has an MSRP of $35,900. In contrast, the least expensive 2014 Chevrolet Impala starts with an MSRP of $27,735.
But Kia also decks out this "base" Cadenza with plenty of features. Even navigation is standard, for instance. While this could be a turnoff for a car shopper desiring a large sedan with no frills, it also means the more typical shopper will have to do a little homework to see how the Cadenza compares apples-to-apples against the competition.
Using the Edmunds Web site, I pulled up the Cadenza and two other large sedans for comparison. It's not possible to equip them exactly the same, but I started with the Cadenza and then priced out the other two to be as similar as possible. All the pricing you see below was for early July 2014 in the Santa Monica, Calif. area. (That's where our offices are located.) I included destination fees but not any potential incentive discounts.
2014 Kia Cadenza — Premium trim level with the optional Luxury package: MSRP = $39,050. Edmunds True Market Value (TMV) = $35,589.
2014 Chevrolet Impala — LTZ trim level with the optional MyLink Radio With Navigation and the Comfort and Convenience packages: MSRP = $39,245. Edmunds TMV = $36,845
2014 Toyota Avalon — Limited trim level with no options: MSRP = $40,710. Edmunds TMV = $37,458
The upshot is when you get these three cars similarly equipped they end up being priced pretty close together, with the Cadenza getting the nod for being the least expensive to purchase.
Of course, these are just pricing estimates that require negotiating to obtain. But Edmunds also offers its Price Promise program, where we connect car shoppers with dealers offering an up-front, no-haggle price that's right around — or even better — than TMV.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,845 miles