2014 Kia Cadenza: Very Adaptive
September 1, 2014
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I wasn't sure how I felt about the adaptive headlights on our 2014 Kia Cadenza. Having driven more than 2,000 miles in the Cadenza, now I know. I don't like them. Not the Cadenza's in particular, but this feature in general.
There were instances when I'd gently turn the wheel, to avoid a speed bump in an empty parking lot, for example, and the headlights would move right, and then swing left following the driver input. Just doing what they are supposed to do.
I appreciate the effort, but after a few days of this, I wished this autocorrect of headlights would simply stop. A wider angle beam with brighter lights would be just fine with me.
I do, however, thoroughly enjoy adaptive cruise control. This little marvel made the drive even easier, always keeping a nice cushion of space between me and the car ahead of me.
Ever had a car decelerate in front of you really quickly, so quickly you are caught off guard and end up slamming your breaks or even veering into the shoulder to avoid an accident? No? Um, neither have I. Such a scenario would be less likely to happen in our Cadenza, because when engaged the ACC system in the Cadenza will slow the car all the way to a stop, if need be.
The opposite is also true.
If the car ahead of me speeds up, so do I. But only so much. I always set the top-end speed very close to the legal speed limit, so if the car ahead of me decides to sprint to 90 mph in an 80-mph zone, I won't be pulled along.
ACC kept me with the flow of traffic, but on my terms. Important, because the very last thing anyone needs on a trip like this is to collect an out-of-state speeding ticket.
As Phil noted, you can set the adaptive cruise control to keep you rather close to the car you're trailing. That could be useful around town, but I only used ACC on the highway. Out on the I-70 in the middle of Utah, I kept a safe distance between me and the next driver. Many years ago, I was driving a rural stretch of the I-5 freeway when a big box jumped off the bed off a Tacoma ahead of me and hit my just-paid-off Accord. Lesson learned. Now I stay back. The Cadenza is completely fine with this, and kept me a comfortable 4-5 seconds behind the driver ahead of me. Works for me.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 15,320 miles