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Cadenza in the Snow??

We are seriously looking at the Cadenza. Being in midwest the winters just plain suck with snow (63" so far this year). Would really love the Cadenza with AWD offered, but Kia just doesn't seem to get that concept in their cars. Other cars on our short list include Q50 with AWD and then Fusion Titanium with AWD, I was curious what experience others have had with their Cadenza in the snow. How's the traction, stopping, handling?
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No one has experienced the Cadenza in the snow?
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We just had 6 inches of snow as long as you don't high center and have enough clearance from the front its finejust don't step on it too hard to get squirrely
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We just had 6 inches of snow as long as you don't high center and have enough clearance from the front its finejust don't step on it too hard to get squirrely
If there was 6 inches on the road I'd just stay at home I know it's not AWD but also know, coming from a G37, that tires make all the difference on winter performance. G37 was nightmare with stock tires, but dropped a set of Blizzaks on it and it made a huge difference. Thanks.
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How does the cadenza compare to the G37 in other ways?
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My G37 was convertible so no comparison. I'm just back from dealer and now have Cadenza SXL/Limted in my garage. I had looked at the Q50 Premium with Touring, Leather and Deluxe packages. The Q50 is replacement for G37 sedan.

I choose the Cadenza over Q50. In my opinion the reasons were:

Pros:
- A bit nice ride, less road noise
- Roomier interior, especially the rear seats
- Better warranty
- 3 years service included

Cons:
- A bit slower off the line
- No AWD option offered
- No all around the vehicle view (Q50 has ability to show 360 degree view)

They are both nice cars, but a comparable Q50 would have been about $10K more (actual purchase price as Kia had better rebate offers and more aggressive pricing). Price of Cadenza SXL/Limited I paid was $35,515.

Snow in the forecast so I guess I'll soon see how the Cadenza handles
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Also forgot an other "pro" for the Cadenza, it uses regular unleaded. Premium unleaded is recommended for the Q50 at about 20 cents more per gallon.
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Had about 5 inches snow drop today, took our new ride out for a spin and overall the handling was good. A bit tire spin from stoplights with the deep snow, here's where AWD would help with pulling/pushing. Driving down road in the deep snow was still good. Turning was OK with traction control kicking in. Stopping was really good to avoid sliding.
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Not impressed with my Cadenza in the snow

I think it is just a weight issue and the thin tires but I have noticed a lot of spinning that I don't get with my 1999 Acura RL. In fairness, that Acura RL is a boat and rolls through the snow pretty good. I kept it as my winter car because I live in the pothole capital of the USA, Michigan.

When we get a few dry days, I take the Cadenza out and I love the ride. My problem with the car is it gets to 85 so smoothly and easily that I have to use my cruise control more than I want to avoid our State Troopers.

Summer will be fun with my Cadenza but I am going to try to keep Old Betsy the Acura running well for the winter months.
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