Shopping Comparison: Genesis vs. Cadenza - 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Kia Cadenza Shopping Comparison: Genesis vs. Cadenza

April 16, 2014

2014 Kia Cadenza

I'm sometimes guilty of making broad assumptions. "The 2014 Kia Cadenza is just like a Hyundai Genesis sedan," I said to myself. This is somewhat true on a superficial level. Both cars are roughly the same size and represent the luxury offerings from their respective brands. There is also a higher-end car above each (the Hyundai Equus and the Kia K900). The Kia Cadenza and the Hyundai Genesis cost roughly the same too. The 2014 Kia Cadenza starts at $35,900 and the 2014 Hyundai Genesis starts at $36,120. But despite these similarities, there are some differences too.

For starters, the Kia Cadenza is front-wheel drive, while the Hyundai Genesis is rear-wheel drive. Also, the $220 price difference on the Genesis buys you a larger V6 (3.8L vs. 3.3L in the Cadenza) with 333 horsepower (40 more than the Cadenza). The Genesis has an 8-speed transmission while the Cadenza makes due with a 6-speed. The Cadenza has a 1 MPG edge in combined fuel economy, but the Genesis has a slightly larger fuel tank, so it would potentially have more range. The Genesis has a control knob interface, while the Cadenza uses buttons and a touchscreen.

Standard navigation and rain-sensing wipers are a couple of items that favor the Cadenza. Beyond that, these two cars are very comparably equipped. From this point on, it really comes down to styling. The Cadenza looks more stylish and modern to me, but if we were talking about the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, I would prefer that over both the Cadenza and the 2014 Genesis.

I mentioned earlier that I made broad assumptions. I asked our analysts for the models that people cross-shopped against the Cadenza. The Genesis didn't even make the cut. What follows may surprise you:

Top three cross-shopped models for Cadenza in March 2014:
1. Acura MDX
2. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
3. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

Top three cross-shopped for the Cadenza in Q1 2014:
1. Volkswagen Passat
2. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
3. Tesla Model S

Top 3 reverse cross-shopped models (People that started on another car and looked at the Cadenza) for March 2014:
1. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
2. Hyundai Azera
3. Kia K900

Top 3 reverse cross-shopped models for Cadenza in Q1 2014:
1. Kia K900
2. Hyundai Azera
3. Kia Forte

Clearly, these cars are all over the map. Our business analytics team suspects that the Edmunds long-term fleet lineup has influenced the results. The Cadenza is still new, so these results should sort themselves out over time.

What would you choose? Cadenza or Genesis?

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 6,713 miles

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