2014 Kia Cadenza: Road Trip Impressions
July 15, 2014
For the Fourth of July holiday, I packed up my family (wife and two small children) for a 600-mile round-trip road trip. The crossover SUVs in Edmunds' long-term fleet weren't available, but I figured the 2014 Kia Cadenza would work out fine given that it has the space and comfort to be a trusty long-distance companion.
Packing up our gear was easy enough. Now that my kids are ages three and six, I don't have to bring as much baby stuff anymore (no stroller, no portable crib, for example), and that makes it easier to use a sedan rather than a crossover or minivan. The Cadenza's trunk, at 15.9 cubic feet of luggage capacity, isn't as big as what you can get from a few other large sedans, such as a Chevy Impala or Ford Taurus. But at least for my trip it was big enough. The trunk opening is large and I was able to fit a medium-sized suitcase, two small suitcases, a couple of duffel bags and a variety of smaller items.
I really liked having the Cadenza for this trip. The front seats are very comfortable. The suspension also provides a nice ride quality over dips and bumps (though, as previously noted, it'd probably be even better with the smaller available 18-inch wheels). It's also quiet and stable. The nice-sounding 12-speaker Infinity audio system is another bonus for long drives and keeping you entertained. My occasionally whiny kids in the back notwithstanding, I came away from this road trip feeling this is a car you can just sit back, relax and pile on the miles.
I tallied my overall fuel economy. For the 600-mile trip, which was probably about 90 percent highway driving (approximately 70 mph, with the air-conditioning on) the Cadenza averaged 26 mpg. That seems entirely reasonable to me given that the EPA's highway estimate is 28 mpg.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,702 miles