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I was getting the oil changed and something else looked at while at the dealership, they had two 2017 Tech Cadenza's, so I had to see if the hype lives up. All in all I give it a B+, most definitely nicer then the 14 lux I drive, but to be honest, it really felt like the 8 speed transmission was bogging this motor down. at speed downshifts were not even remarkable, there was no angry pull...both in comfort and Sport mode, it just felt sluggish in every comparison. Don't get me wrong, it was still strong and could get up to speed, but I truly missed the angry pull.

All that said, the comfort and smoothness were nice, can't wait to see the Limited seats and heads up display. Radio was much better then the 14, actually had some bass, and played strong, but still, not the most mind numbing audio experience I've ever heard. I would put the Genesis's radio a cut above.

Anyway, that was my take. The only way I'd get into one is again used, this time limited only (17 tech is missing the sunshade in the back) and only when the warrantee runs out on the '14 which isn't for another 5 years of mileage best guess (bumper to bumper 10 year 100k). Even then, I'd have to seriously consider the Genesis, since it definitely pushes you back into the seat when you stomp on it at speed.
 

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We test drove the limited before deciding on the tech we got, the limited is beautiful but in my case the extra cost wasn't worth it and the only thing I was really sad about giving up was the auto rear shade and the Napa leather, my wife thought the HUD was really cool, but kind of distracting and I think that in sport mode, I definitely feel more confident in the 17 vs my 14.
 

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I've yet to drive anything with an 8-speed transmission that I like, they all feel really sluggish and like they don't want to shift properly. Also keep in mind that the '17 is in fact down on power from our 14-16 models (think it's near or under 10hp but still). Less hp + more gears is kind of a meh to me. I don't like how they divided the packages up for the 17 either. Napa leather was 1 of the big draws in our model years because you could get it almost across the board. It wasn't the diamond stitching or anything but I like mine. I like my leg extension and rear sunshade in my PREMIUM with Lux (not an SXL). I wouldn't mind having my current car with a HUD and maybe the new audio system, but that's about it from the 17. I would not get a 17, I'd just wait for the new car coming out :D
 

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Yeah, I forgot to ask about that Stinger. I wonder when that one will be out. I think it has a smaller motor, but hey, if it performs as well as the Cadenza it is worth at least a test drive!
 

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I think it's supposed to have a turbo'd motor in it. Probably not the little 1.6T or w/e is in the Veloster Turbo and Forte5 (@ 200hp) but something more powerful for 300hp+. Possibly even just the Optima's turbo? Without doing some redesign and layout in the engine compartment I think it would be hard to place our 3.3L into a much smaller engine bay, though it does have a little room.
 

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3.3T? Does that mean we can put a turbo onto our engines!? Not that I really want to, but just knowing we can and there's a kit from Kia would be awesome.
 

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Don't think KIA will sell a kit. First it would void your warrantee, then all the electronics controlling the engine would have to be changed. The 3.3T will have forged rods, maybe a forged crank and sodium filled valves also. New insulation and heat shields as the turbo will run much hotter.
There are companies who make turbo's which would fit our 3.3 $$$$$$$$$$$$.
 

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I know, but it sounded kinda nice didn't it? I like my engine the way it is, I don't really need any extra oomph. In the Stinger though... maybe.
 

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This is kinda disappointing knowing the 2017 model doesn't feel as torque strong. I kinda figured 8 gears was just a tad too many. Even though it's not really a sports car, I still drive this thing plenty fast. Whipping around s curves and bends at 50-70 mph is okay. It is surprisingly fast when I manually shift from first gear WOT and actually makes the tires spin a lil when the traction control is off. Most of its power seems to be towards the top end and it kinda makes sense for a premium sedan to be a bit quieter. Coming from a college kid's ford focus to this feels like a true luxury.
 
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