2014 Kia Cadenza: Soft, But Capable Suspension
June 20, 2014
There's nothing remotely sporty about the 2014 Kia Cadenza. Its suspension is tuned for comfort above else, and that's a good thing. There are plenty of sport sedans in this category already. Kia didn't need to add another.
Instead, the Cadenza has a soft, compliant setup that soaks up big hits without a shiver, all while gripping the road with enough tension to keep it from feeling like a balloon-tired cruiser from 1985. It's a well-tuned compromise that makes the car enjoyable to drive at a moderate pace.
Just for kicks, I entered a freeway off-ramp a little hotter than normal to see how it would handle it. Turns out there's more grip and stability that you might think. It leaned over quite a bit, but eventually the Cadenza settled down enough to maintain its line with a little help from the stability control system.
I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't get out of sorts. I think most owners would be surprised, too. The Cadenza feels so forgiving over rough pavement that you would hardly believe it can corner as well as it does.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,301 miles