November 25, 2014
Sometimes you get an itch to get the hell out of town and unwind for a couple of days. The mood struck me hard in early November, and I knew a trip to Las Vegas would do the trick. I got a few friends on board, requested our 2014 Toyota Highlander, and counted down the days. If only things were that easy...
You see, I had six people all ready to go, and the Highlander has six seats. A few days before we were scheduled to leave, I signed out the SUV to make sure we would all fit. We found out the hard and uncomfortable way that a couple of six-footers couldn't be crammed into the third-row seats, which are more suitable for children. We would have to take two cars.
October 30, 2014
The wife of one of my buddies is enrolled in an executive MBA program at UC Berkeley, and since she goes up there once a month to meet with her group of smarty-pants people, we thought, well, San Francisco is a cool city, and I'd never been to Berkeley...why the heck not make a road trip weekend out of it sometime?
So we did.
We found a cool little place to rent in Berkeley for the weekend via Airbnb, Edmunds car czar Mike Schmidt put us into the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited, and we were off on a Friday afternoon (don't tell anybody, but I snuck out a few hours early).
October 6, 2014
An unexpected stop at the local Home Goods store this week resulted in the purchase of three new pieces of framed "art."
September 25, 2014
You've seen some posts by our staff about the usefulness of the trunk features in our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza and one about it bonking Scott on his head.
This weekend I went grocery shopping and was happy to see the cargo net in the trunk to hold my bottles in place. But I noticed a cost-cutting feature in our Cadenza. While it has a trunk release button on the keyfob, it just unlatches the lock to the trunk. The trunk lid then pops open a little but does not have any equipment to auto-open and auto-close.
August 12, 2014
I'm a huge fan of our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza, and the more I drive this sedan the more I like it. However, last week I found something to complain about, and it just about hit me right between the eyes.
It was the Cadenza's trunk lid.
July 15, 2014
For the Fourth of July holiday, I packed up my family (wife and two small children) for a 600-mile round-trip road trip. The crossover SUVs in Edmunds' long-term fleet weren't available, but I figured the 2014 Kia Cadenza would work out fine given that it has the space and comfort to be a trusty long-distance companion.
April 30, 2014
I finally broke down and bought a new set of grown-up "everyday" dishes yesterday, but I was a little dismayed to find that each of the 32 pieces were separate, none of them packed in a box.
January 2, 2014
Our 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited has standard heated rear seats, but they don't fold forward to augment trunk space. I recently bought a tree trimmer from the home improvement store, and while 15.9 cubic feet is generous, I was grateful to find the armrest pass-through. I probably could have wedged the eight-foot pole in the interior, but this trap door was easier.
Also, the $50 optional cargo net came in handy when I recently bought some fire wood. Don't laugh. This is how city slickers often get their wood: from the grocery store and bound neatly in shrink-wrapped plastic.