December 3, 2014
Sometimes as we near the end of the year with a long-termer, we need to make a final push to get the miles past the 20,000-mile mark. This was the case with our 2014 Kia Cadenza, but not by much. In the last update, I hit the milestone about 200 miles outside of L.A. Honestly though, I would have gladly taken the Cadenza either way because I really wanted something comfortable and quiet because I had a lot of driving ahead of me and it was a quick turnaround.
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 20, 2014
The steady flow of high technology makes its way to the mainstream, and our 2014 Kia Cadenza is no exception. With items like lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and (not pictured, but covered extensively elsewhere) dynamic/active cruise control, you don't have to look to BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Cadillac for electronic wizardry. It might not have the same build quality or prestige as those premium brands, but our $43,000 Cadenza Limited has the goods.
September 19, 2014
A number of staffers have posted on the front seat comfort of our 2014 Kia Cadenza. For the record, I find the driver seat comfortable as it has an ideal combination of shaping, firmness and adjustability for my 5'-5", 155-lb frame. But enough about that, this post is about the rear seat.
September 17, 2014
There are a few places I frequent in L.A. where they know what I do for a living. The people at the cheese store, my butcher, my liquor store and my hardwood supply place always ask me, "Whatcha driving today?"
September 4, 2014
I'm calling out Travis Langness and Donna DeRosa.
Each has written about the uncomfortable driver's seat of our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza. First it was Donna complaining about the Uncomfortable Seatbelt. Then Travis with his update titled The Seats Don't Fit Me.
September 3, 2014
Driver seats with long seat cushions generally hit me in the back of the knee in an uncomfortable way. So when I sat in the driver seat of our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza for the first time this weekend, I was bummed. The seat cushion was getting way too aggressive with my tender knee pit (scientific name: popliteal fossa).
August 27, 2014
The caravan consisted of me, the kid, his mom, and his granddad. My son and I were in the Cadenza, while mom and granddad were in a recently purchased 2000 Honda Accord that is going to be staying in Colorado. Both cars were packed with things that all incoming freshman need: clothes, skateboard, cell phone chargers...you know, the important stuff. Nothing too valuable, nothing too heavy.
August 14, 2014
As a kid, August was my favorite month. The last little bit of summer. That usually meant beaches, barbeques, and end-of- summer pool parties.
As an adult, August now is more about evening picnics, preseason football, and getting the kid ready for school. This year, however, getting my teenager ready for school means more than looking for deals on new clothes and backpacks. He is now 18 and moving off to college. University of Boulder, if you're curious.
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.
July 10, 2014
If the NBA's Tim Duncan reads our long-term vehicle updates (surely he does!) then this 6-foot 11-inch two-time MVP award winner will certainly be interested to know that the 2014 Kia Cadenza earned the top position in Edmunds' recently published Top Ten Sedans for Tall Drivers.
May 28, 2014
During the same stretch of 100-degree days, I came out from the movies, grabbed the steering wheel and "yikes, that's hot!"
The problem rests solely with the upper wood portion. The leather on the majority of the wheel reacts just fine to high temps.
May 14, 2014
I had our 2014 Kia Cadenza parked in my front driveway. It was unexpectedly hot when I left for work and the morning sun had been beating down on the car. The inside was stifling.
Our Kia Cadenza has heated and cooled seats. While I'm not really one to use the seat coolers, I tried them out. They always seem a little weird to me so I only kept them on a few minutes. Cooled seats are a strange sensation.
April 4, 2014
Did you ever have one of those days when everything just seems blah? You feel blah, the weather is blah. You end up at the office way too late, and still somehow the traffic is worse than blah.
March 27, 2014
I spent a weekend with our long-term 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited, and as I expected, it has an expansive interior, plenty of amenities and solid acceleration courtesy of its direct-injected 3.3-liter V6 engine. It also has a pretty firm ride over the ruts and seams on the city streets and highways in Southern California, an issue that Brent hit upon in an earlier update (http://www.edmunds.com/kia/cadenza/2014/long-term-road-test/2014-kia-cadenza-handling-and-ride-comfort.html).
In fairness, we don't have great roads here in spite of the clement weather. So a lot of cars ride too stiffly for my taste. Still, with our Cadenza Limited, there's little doubt that its borderline outlandish wheel/tire package plays some role in my mild discomfort.
March 17, 2014
In its news releases supplied to automotive reviewers, Kia says its 2014 Cadenza "promises to appeal to shoppers who want both comfort and performance from a premium-level sedan." For the most part, I think Kia has been successful in that promise.
March 5, 2014
I find the seat belt fastener in our 2014 Kia Cadenza to be uncomfortable. I have the same problem with our Kia Forte.
There is too much hard plastic around the buckle and it's thick. I find myself constantly trying to adjust it as it digs into my body.
January 31, 2014
To put it simply, the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited's interior is a nice place to spend time.
Two areas in particular stand out for me: The leather seats and the headliner.
January 3, 2014
The last time I saw a feature like this was on a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. On the Mercedes, a quick jab of its brake pedal at a stop light engages the brakes and allows the driver to remove his foot from the pedal. Handy at those really long lights.
The way Kia does it, however, is with a button adjacent to the parking-brake button (shown in this blog entry). After pressing the button, an indicator lights in the instrument panel: White=ready, and Green=engaged. The next time the car comes to a stop, the brakes fully engage automatically. When the light traffic signal turns green, simply press the throttle normally and the Cadenza releases the brakes and the car gently pulls away.
Fine, call me lazy for it, but I like being able to relax both of my feet on the floor of the car while I wait for the traffic light. Also, when this system is active, the parking brake automatically engages when the vehicle is put in Park.
December 23, 2013
Recently, I went to lunch with a few co-workers from other departments within Edmunds. We were five in total so three lucky men got to sit in the back seat of our 2014 Kia Cadenza.
Naturally, I asked for a back seat review. Here is what they had to say: