2014 Kia Cadenza Enters Fullsize Sedan Club
The “family sedan” segment has admitted a surprise member-Kia’s 2014 Cadenza, a stylish rival for the Hyundai Equus Azera. (The rear-drive Cadenza will add a front-drive partner next year).
Kia’s thrust into the midsize segment is not unexpected. The Kia group has been growing by leaps and bounds at the behest of Hyundai brand dealers.
Moreover, unlike big-brother Equus, the Kia sedan has been stepped up in its appearance to match even the Azera, as well as rival’s Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus.
The snappy Cadenza has received an assortment of perks from its Korea-based creators-a suggested price range of $36,000 to $42,000, which rivals Hyundai Motors’ exotic styling cues, the shopworn Hyundai warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles powertrain, and free maintenance for 3 years and 37,500 miles.
Considering all the amenities, plus the input of Hyundai Group captives Chris Bangle (ex-BMW) stylist and Peter Schreyer (ex-Audi) the aptly named Cadenza turns out to be the “roomiest” and “most expensive” car offered by Kia in the U.S.
Kia has added the utmost perks to Cadenza-full leather, power sunroof, lane monitors and speed of 60 mph at 28 mpg highway.
Hyundai now embraces Cadenzas as well as Sonatas. Wolfgang Mozart would be a hard act to follow, a classic Cadenza composer.