2014 Kia Cadenza: The Problem With the Push-Button Parking Brake
December 16, 2013
Like most new cars these days, our 2014 Kia Cadenza uses an electronic parking brake switch. They're the favored method these days as they tend to take up less space compared to a level or pedal in the footwell.
Although some on our staff loathe them, I don't mind them a bit, as long as they work logically. And by that I mean you push the button in to engage the brake and pull it out to release the brake, in other words, just like you would do with a pedal.
Seems easy enough, but every manufacturer seems to have its own idea for how it should work. In the Cadenza, you pull the switch up to engage it and push it in to release.
Normally, I would say that this is something that I would get used to over time, but I drove the Cadenza for five days straight and it never became second nature. Maybe after five months that would change.
Ultimately, I would prefer if it worked like our old Lexus GS. Put the car in Park and the emergency brake engages. Put it in drive and it automatically releases. Never had a problem getting used to that system.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 257 miles