2014 Kia Cadenza: Smart Seats
September 15, 2014
I'm a big guy, linebacker size. Ample space in the drivers cockpit is important to me, maybe more so than the average framed six-footer because I'm wide.
The 2014 Kia Cadenza's cabin is perfect for a bigger person, or somebody who just needs room to stretch out. The seats have generous hip room, and great shoulder room. They also offer good support, but don’t hug me. I like them.
The lateral support needed to keep a driver in place during sharp turns is certainly there, but there is no mistaking these for sport seats. Fine by me. On long drives like this, I'm much more interested in having a seat that is comfortable, even if it gives up being sporty in the process.
There is another reason I like the front seats. They have tough seatbacks.
I worked at car dealerships for a dozen years, and had thousands of cars and trucks traded in. I can't tell you how many seatbacks were scuffed, stained, or just overall kicked silly by rear passengers. Namely, kids in car seats.
The Cadenza has hard, black, easy to clean seatbacks. They aren't the most elegant seatbacks you'll see, but they are functional.
Although it's very unlikely I will have need for a car seat again in my personal life, I can certainly appreciate the thinking Kia put into the seat backs — a prime kicking target for the feet of bored or upset kids in car seats.
I have no scientific data to support this claim, but based on years of trade-ins, I think kids are most likely to kick the back of a seat immediately after walking through mud, gum, or oil.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor