2014 KIA Cadenza – Fully Featured Luxury At a Reasonable Price [First Impression]

2014 Kia Cadenza

The 2014 KIA Cadenza is a stylish, luxurious car that’s packed with high-end features but doesn’t carry the matching sky-high price tag.

There’s only one trim level offered and it’s Premium, which is fitting since you pretty much get all the features of a premium vehicle in the 2014 KIA Cadenza for a price that might surprise you in a good way. It starts at just $35,100 with things like heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a rear camera all coming standard.

Another $3,000 gets you a Technology package which includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection System, Lane Departure Warning and sexy 19″ alloy wheels. Then there’s the Luxury package, also $3,000, which adds amenities like Nappa leather seats, panoramic roof with power sunshade, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Even with those packages you’re looking at only $41,900 for what is essentially a luxury car.

And it looks every bit the part.

It has a slick, sporty exterior with an aggressive front end and a wide, chrome-trimmed grille that gives it presence. Inside, the aura of luxury permeates everything with quality, soft touch surfaces throughout, an 8″ display for your navigation and infotainment and an Infinity surround sound system.

Under the hood there’s a 3.3L V6 with 293 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic. There are paddle shifters for those wanting the extra level of control they provide, but don’t be expecting too much here as I’ve found the car forces a shift without letting you rev very high.

The 2014 KIA Cadenza is a definite contender in the luxury car market, but it’s biggest hurdle may be getting people to look past the badge to see all that it has to offer.

Check out this 0-60 MPH Mile High Review of the 2014 KIA Cadenza…

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.