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Central Kia of Lewisville

2920 N. Interstate 35E
Exit Frankford Rd
Carrollton, TX 75007

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2015 Kia Forte Sedan

2014 Kia Cadenza Sedan
City MPG:
19
Hwy MPG:
28

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2014 Kia Cadenza Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Kia Cadenza Premium include 3.3L V-6 293hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

2014 Kia
Cadenza Sedan

Starting at: $35,100

  • Manufacturer Offer

    Special Low 0.9% APR (36 months) plus $1,000 Bonus Cash For Qualified Buyers

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    • Quantities limited. Available only at participating Kia dealers. Contact your local Kia dealer for availability. 0.9% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) up to 36 months. 1.9% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) up to 60 months. 2.9% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) up to 72 months. APR financing available, subject to credit approval by Kia Motors Finance (KMF) [Hyundai Motor Finance (HMF) in Massachusetts], through KMF/HMF, to very well qualified buyers and not available on balloon financing. Only a limited number of customers will qualify for advertised APR. Down payment will vary depending on APR. Must take delivery from a participating dealer and from retail stock from 7/1/2014 to 9/2/2014. New vehicles only. This incentive is for a limited time offer on eligible Kia vehicles and may not be combined with other special offers except where specified. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual monthly payment. See your participating Kia dealer for more details on these special offers. Finance contract must be signed and dated no later than 9/2/2014. Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.9% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 36 monthly payments of $28.16 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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  • Manufacturer Offer

    $299 a Month / 36 Month Lease $2,999 Due at Lease Signing When Qualifying for $1,000 Competitive Bonus or Owner Loyalty Bonus For Qualified Lessees

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    • Quantities limited. Available only at participating Kia dealers. Contact your local Kia dealer for availability.

      $299 per month for 36 months, $2,999 due at lease signing (excluding tax, title, license & dealer fees) offer is contingent upon customer eligibility of a $1,000 Competitive Bonus or Owner Loyalty Bonus and must be applied to reduce monthly lease payments. Lease offer without Competitive Bonus or Owner Loyalty Bonus is $299 per month for 36 months with $3,999 due at lease signing (excluding tax, title, license & dealer fees).

      Closed-end lease based on new 2014 Cadenza(Model E4222 Auto. Trans.) subject to credit approval, dealer participation, and vehicle availability. Offer shown based on $2,999 due at lease signing including $299 first monthly payment, $2,105 capitalized cost reduction, $595 acquisition fee, plus tax, title, license and registration fees, dealer conveyance fee, processing fee or optional service fee and any emission testing charge. No security deposit required. Offer shown total lease payments are $13,464. Actual payments may vary. Purchase option at lease-end for offer shown of residual value of $19,027. Lessee is responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 termination fee*. Lease offer applies to Cadenza A/T (MSRP $35,900, includes freight, and excludes taxes, title, license, additional options and retailer charges). Actual prices set by dealer. Must take delivery from retail stock by 9/2/2014. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. See dealer for warranty and lease details or go to kia.com. Lease offered through Kia Motors Finance (KMF) [Hyundai Motor Finance (HMF) in MA and D.C.].

      Competitive Bonus - Contact your local Kia dealer for a listing of eligible qualifying competitive vehicles and complete details. Qualifying customers are only eligible for a total of two (2) Competitive Bonus Program incentives during a calendar year and the vehicle utilized as the qualifying vehicle may not be the same vehicle in both instances. To be eligible, customer must show proof of qualifying competitive vehicle ownership (current registration) to Kia dealer where new, eligible Kia vehicle is being leased. Void where prohibited by law. Click here for Qualifying Current Owner Vehicles. Owner Loyalty Bonus - A customer can only qualify for a total of two (2) Owner Loyalty Incentive claims per calendar year and the vehicle utilized as the qualifying vehicle may not be the same vehicle in both instances. To be eligible, new Kia vehicle lessee must show proof of qualifying Kia vehicle ownership (current registration) to Kia dealer where new Kia vehicle is being leased. Void where prohibited by law. Not all incentive programs are compatible. Additional terms and conditions apply. All matters of program eligibility and qualification will be resolved by Kia Motors America, Inc. ("KMA") in its sole discretion, and KMA reserves the right to change product and program specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. *Termination fee for all states except CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV & WY. WI termination fee: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV & WY termination fee: The amount of two times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC termination fee: The amount of three times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 1 GB
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 12
  • Speaker type - Infinity
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.3 L
  • Engine horsepower - 293hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.0mm x 83.8mm (3.62" x 3.30")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • GVWR - 1,985kg (4,376lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,966mm (195.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,849mm (72.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,845mm (112.0")
  • Turning radius - 5.6m (18.3')
  • Front legroom - 1,156mm (45.5")
  • Rear legroom - 935mm (36.8")
  • Front headroom - 1,016mm (40.0")
  • Rear headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,389mm (54.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,481mm (58.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,435mm (56.5")
  • Passenger volume - 3,024L (106.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 450 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 3.3
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 293hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Torque - 255 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - regular unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sportmatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 28mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Premium 2014 Kia Cadenza Sedan Premium Search New $35,100   293-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 28  
SX Limited 2014 Kia Cadenza Sedan SX Limited Search New $42,400   293-hp 3.3L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 28  

Reviews

Driving Impression

Editor:
Laura Burstein
Price As Tested:
$41,900
“New full-size flagship big on roominess, features.”
A large sedan should first and foremost strive to be smooth, and the Cadenza accomplishes this goal. Acceleration from the 3.3-liter direct-injected V6 is ample, with shifts from the 6-speed automatic nearly imperceptible. Passing on two-lane roads was no problem, but we did feel those 293 horses working hard when climbing a few steep hills at a brisk pace.

Steering is also smooth and comfortable. The wheel is easy to maneuver without feeling overly light, yet also without the artificially heavy feeling that some manufacturers are incorporating these days to give the driver a false feeling of sportiness.

Suspension is a MacPherson strut setup in front and a multi-link system in the rear, which is commonly found on most new sedans. On the Cadenza, a new two-channel damper is used in the rear. Tuning is on the firm side, but as long as the road is relatively smooth, the Cadenza will eat up the little bumps nicely and still feel composed. If, however, you're driving down a road filled with manholes as we were on part of our test drive, tempers and backsides may begin to flare after about the tenth ker-thump.

Around corners, the nearly 3800-pound Cadenza feels stable and well balanced enough. When pushing hard, there is some body roll, as is typical for a large, front-wheel sedan. This isn't a sports car, and the Cadenza does not purport to be one. Braking is smooth and confidence-inspiring, and felt just right, not mushy or grabby.

Our test car was equipped with the Technology Package, and we relied on the included blind spot alert system quite often as we followed our drive route. In addition to a visual cue in the side-view mirror, the Cadenza makes a pleasant alert sound when a car is in your blind spot. The tone wasn't annoying like those found on some other cars, which kept us from turning it off.

Visibility is fine from all angles while driving the Cadenza, and the car has relatively little road or tire noise. On a highway portion of our drive, however, we did notice a fair amount of wind noise coming from the front side windows.

Fuel economy estimates for the Cadenza come up slightly short compared to some rivals at 18/28 mpg City/Highway. By comparison, the Chevrolet Impala is rated at 18/29 mpg City/Highway; the Ford Taurus earns 19/20 mpg and the Toyota Avalon gets an impressive 21/31 mpg. But the Cadenza beats Maxima's 19/26 mpg City/Highway and the Buick LaCrosse equipped with GM's 3.6-liter V6 at 17/27 mpg.

Introducing the 2014 Kia Cadenza:

Editor:
Laura Burstein
Price As Tested:
$41,900
“New full-size flagship big on roominess, features.”
The new 2014 Kia Cadenza is the first full-size flagship for the Korean automaker. Cadenza seats five comfortably and looks like an Audi.

The Kia Cadenza is front-wheel drive and shares its basic structure with the Hyundai Azera. Compared with the midsize Kia Optima, Cadenza rides on a wheelbase that's two inches longer, and has a body that's five inches longer overall. It's also about an inch higher.

A 3.3-liter V6 engine with direct injection powers Cadenza, good for 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The V6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, with EPA estimated fuel economy at 19/28 mpg City/Highway. Kia shares this V6 with Hyundai. We found Cadenza accelerates smoothly and has ample power but has to work hard when charging up mountains.

Inside the cabin, design and materials are surprisingly refined. Controls are well laid out and intuitive, and the color touchscreen is easy to use and read. Upgraded Nappa leather upholstery is soft, and the headliner has a suede-like feel. An analog clock in the middle of the center stack is reminiscent of luxury brands like Infiniti, although certain small pieces here and there have a parts-bin look, like the rocker switch for the door locks that sit on the side arm rests.

Competitors to the 2014 Kia Cadenza include other full-size sedans such as the Buick LaCrosse, the all-new Chevrolet Impala, the Ford Taurus, the Hyundai Azera, the Nissan Maxima, and the Toyota Avalon. Kia hopes that with all its included bells and whistles, the Cadenza will squeeze into a sweet spot for shoppers looking for something between a standard family car, and a luxury sedan such as the Acura TL, Lexus IS, or Lincoln MKZ.

Cadenza comes loaded with standard features that normally rack up thousands of dollars in options, including leather upholstery, pushbutton start, a premium sound system and even navigation with free traffic and telematics features. The Cadenza also comes with three years of included scheduled maintenance and a 10-year/100,000-mile basic warranty.

Audio, information and entertainment are provided via Kia's UVO system, powered by Microsoft. Originally launched as a voice recognition system, UVO has been expanded and comprises the entire user interface, controlled from an 8-inch color touch screen. UVO has many features that are now common on most manufacturers' user interfaces, like Pandora streaming Internet radio and Zagat restaurant guides. Complimentary software updates can be downloaded by the user and uploaded to the car by SD card.

A telematics system similar to GM's OnStar and Hyundai's Blue Link comes standard with UVO, with automated 911 notification, scheduled vehicle maintenance alerts, on-demand car diagnostics, pre-loaded directions via Google send-to-car, and other features. But unlike most manufacturers that charge a subscription fee for these services, Kia offers Cadenza owners all the emergency features free for the life of the car, and everything else free for 10 years. Users can access vehicle information remotely via a free companion smartphone app for Apple and Android operating systems.

Walk Around

Editor:
Laura Burstein
Price As Tested:
$41,900
“New full-size flagship big on roominess, features.”
The Kia Cadenza looks better in person than in photos. At first glance, one might mistake the Cadenza for an Audi. Lines are clean and elegant, without the overabundance of swoops and creases found on sister company Hyundai's cars.

Up front, the Cadenza uses a variation of Kia's signature tiger nose grille. Distinctly shaped, the grille communicates right away that this is a Kia. It's more sophisticated looking than others in the Kia lineup, surrounded by bright chrome trim. It gives the car an approachable and friendly grin. Quad headlights are housed in lenses that gently wrap around the front fascia. Foglights sit in separate housings below.

From the side, there's a subtle character line that begins in the front door, arcing up sharply and running straight through both sets of door handles. A straight, sculpted rocker panel keeps the Cadenza looking firm and planted. On cars equipped with the top-of-the-line Technology Package, 19-inch wheels give the Cadenza a show-car quality.

In the rear, tail lamps perhaps most closely evoke Audi design, with angled edges that flare out wider as they wrap around the rear quarter panels. Attractive, oval-shaped dual exhaust pipes are integrated into lower rear bumper.

Interior Overview

Editor:
Laura Burstein
Price As Tested:
$41,900
“New full-size flagship big on roominess, features.”
Cadenza's simple, sophisticated design continues inside the cabin. It's modern, without looking like some marketing committee was trying too hard. It feels spacious but not cavernous. Doors are slightly concave, allowing for more elbow room, but not overly so like in some newer sedans. Materials are soft and are pleasing to the eye, with a mix of plastics and wood trim.

On cars equipped with the Luxury and Technology packages, the instrument panel uses an electronic TFT display (we didn't get to see a base model with its standard gauge cluster). It's contemporary and easy to read, without looking too quasi-futuristic.

The buttons and dials in the center stack are numerous, but are arranged attractively and intuitively so it doesn't seem overwhelming. Up top is the color touch screen, powered by Kia's UVO infotainment system. The screen is easy to read in nearly all types of light, resists glare and does not show fingerprints. It's flanked by two air vents, all of which are made of thick plastic and feel quite sturdy.

Dead-center is an analog clock, perhaps deliberately evoking those found in high-priced luxury sedans like Infiniti. On either side are rows of buttons that operate the climate control, rear defroster, hazard lights and airbag sensor indicator. Below that is a single in-dash CD player for the standard Infinity premium audio system. Another bank of controls underneath operate audio, phone and navigation systems.

Front seats are comfortable, although more so for the driver on cars with the Luxury or Technology packages because they upgrade to a 12-way adjustable power driver's seat with lumbar and ventilation. The 10-way adjustable passenger seat was fine for shorter distances, but those who prefer more back support may get weary after a few hours.

Most will find the Cadenza plentiful on head and legroom. Cars equipped with the Luxury and Technology packages get a panoramic sunroof, which eats two inches of headroom in front, for 38 total inches, compared to 40 inches without it. In back, the sunroof only reduces headroom by about a half inch.

Rear legroom in the Cadenza measures 36.8 inches. While this is plenty for most shapes and sizes, other large sedans offer slightly more space. The Chevrolet Impala, for example, measures 39.8 inches, the Ford Taurus has 38.1 inches and the Toyota Avalon has 40 inches. The Nissan Maxima has the least amount of space out of these, with 34.6 inches.

Cargo space in the Cadenza is moderate for the class, measuring 15.9 cubic feet. That's on par with Toyota Avalon's 16 cubic feet, but short of the Chevrolet Impala's 18.8 cubic feet and the Ford Taurus's cavernous 20.1 cubes. But the Cadenza bests the Nissan Maxima's relatively meager 14.2 cubes.

We found the Cadenza's UVO easier to use than some other carmakers' systems, like Ford's Sync or Buick's IntelliLink. Originally launched as a voice recognition system, the UVO name now comprises the entire user interface, controlled from the color touch screen and a few basic buttons located lower on the center stack. UVO has many features that are now common on most manufacturers' user interfaces, like Pandora streaming Internet radio and Zagat restaurant guides. Complimentary software updates can be downloaded by the user and uploaded to the car by SD card. We especially liked the road sign updates, which displayed the speed limit real-time on the nav screen as we traversed a variety of freeways and city streets.

A telematics system (similar to GM's OnStar and Hyundai's Blue Link) also comes standard with UVO, with features like automated 911 notification, scheduled vehicle maintenance alerts, on-demand car diagnostics, pre-loaded directions via Google send-to-car, and more. But unlike most manufacturers that charge a subscription fee for these services, Cadenza owners get emergency services free for the life of the car, and everything else free for the first ten years. Users can access vehicle information remotely via a free companion smartphone app for Apple and Android operating systems.

Model Lineup

Editor:
Laura Burstein
Price As Tested:
$41,900
“New full-size flagship big on roominess, features.”
The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes in one trim level with two option packages: The base Cadenza Premium ($35,100) includes leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, pushbutton start, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, rear parking sensors with camera and back-up warning system, navigation with 8-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth, and a premium Infinity 12-speaker audio system with CD player, XM satellite radio capability, USB port and auxiliary audio jack. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.

Cadenzas equipped with the Luxury Package ($38,100) get upgraded Nappa leather upholstery, a 12-way power driver's seat with cushion extension and ventilation, heated steering wheel, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, heated rear seats, a full-length panoramic power sunroof, power rear sunshade, and adaptive HID headlights.

Cadenzas equipped with the Technology Package ($41,100) include everything in the Luxury Package plus an electric parking brake, lane departure warning, full-speed radar-based adaptive cruise control (which can slow or stop the car automatically), blind-spot detection system, lane departure warning, water-repellant front side windows and 19-inch wheels.

Safety features on all models include front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side air bags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist and hill-start assist. A rearview camera is also standard.

Summary

Editor:
Laura Burstein
Price As Tested:
$41,900
“New full-size flagship big on roominess, features.”
The 2014 Kia Cadenza is surprisingly elegant and refined. Fitted with a plethora of standard features, the Cadenza is also an excellent value for the money. Still, Kia's lack of brand cachet and slightly lower fuel economy compared to rivals may hamper its success.

Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Kia Cadenza near San Diego, California.

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