2014 Kia Cadenza: Responsive Transmission Pairs Well With the V6
March 12, 2014
Previously, Travis Langness wrote about our 2014 Kia Cadenza's smooth V6 engine. To add to his comments, I also think Kia has done a nice job programming the six-speed automatic transmission.
The most noticeable aspect to me is that the transmission downshifts properly when you press down on the gas pedal. There's no delay or rush to sixth gear as soon as possible like you can get on some other cars. In their defense, those automakers are just looking to get the best mpg possible. And if you look at our underwhelming Cadenza's fuel economy so far, you might argue that these qualities should be implemented here, too.
But for me a large front-wheel-drive sedan should be about effortless power. Our Cadenza's got that. It moves smartly from a stop and revs and downshifts willingly. It even has paddle shifts on the steering wheel. The paddle shifter's downshifts aren't perfectly rev-matched, but they're not completely herky-jerky, either. Overall, our Kia Cadenza's V6 and six-speed auto suit the car nicely.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,518 miles