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<Excerpted from examiner.com Jun 25, 2013:


2014 Kia Cadenza first drive review: Kia's biggest car ever


June 25, 2013 By: John Matras





2014 Kia Cadenza



The 2014 Kia Cadenza is Korean brand’s new flagship, taking the junior partner of the Hyundai/Kia family where it’s never been before. It’s the biggest car Kia has put on the market in the U.S. It’s based on the Kia Optima platform—the basic elements underpinning a car—though with two inches more between front and rear axles, and while the car is five inches longer overall. The Cadenza is also two inches taller than the Optima and the h-point, the height drivers’ hips above the ground, goes up by an inch as well. The added length goes mostly into making the rear seat roomier.

The Kia Cadenza offers Optima owners a bigger car to move to, as well as owners of near-luxury cars to move over to. At $35,100, the price of the base Cadenza is just above that of the maxed out Optima.




In a move that sure to confuse shoppers, Kia says that the Cadenza is available only at the “Premium” trim level. There’s no base, no standard, just Premium. It’s justified, says Kia, by the Cadenza’s generous standard equipment list, including keyless entry, advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic2 and UVO eServices, Bluetooth wireless technology3,an eight-inch touch screen, 550-watt Infinity4 12-speaker audio system, Rear Camera Display5 and leather-trimmed seats with heat and power adjustment in the front.


Instead of trim levels, the Cadenza adds two “packages.” The first is the Luxury package, adding a full-length panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, Nappa leather trim with heated rear outboard seats and ventilated 12-way adjustable driver seat, HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system, seven-inch LCD instrument panel, heated power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, two-position memory that sets the driver’s seat, outside mirrors, and steering column, at $3,000 for a total of $38,100.


The Technology package is priced at $3,000 as well, but it’s on top of and in addition to the Luxury package, bringing the MSRP to $41,100. It adds 19-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning system.


An additional feature of the Technology package is hydrophobic treatment of the front side windows, which repels water—much like RainX, but permanent—for better side visibility in the rain.


With the Cadenza, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, which includes navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and satellite radio, instead of having the usual three-month subscription, has a subscription paid up for the life of the vehicle. And that includes updates.


Owners won’t have to pay for regularly scheduled maintenance either, at least until 36 months or 37,500 miles, and UVO will even ring up your dealer and make an appointment for you if you’d like.


Oh, and the Kia Cadenza has an engine, and a neat one it is. It’s the same direct injection What is direct injection? : CarBuzzard: Car reviews, auto news, photos, history and more 3.3-liter V-6 used by a number of Kia and Hyundai models where a V-6 is the engine of choice. Among others that’s the Hyundai Azera http://carbuzzard.com/2013/05/2013-hyundai-azera-review-and-the-highway-... and the Kia Sorento http://carbuzzard.com/2013/03/2014-kia-sorento-first-drive-review-change.... The all-aluminum engine has dual continuously variable valve timing and a three-step variable induction system. In the 2014 Cadenza, the 3.3-liter produces 293 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, and it does so on regular unleaded—despite its 12.0:1 compression ratio. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifting is standard.


The engine is silent at idle—someone forgot to install the vibrations—and while acceleration won’t propel the 2014 Kia Cadenza into a starring role in Fast and Furious Whatever the Number, the Cadenza is quick enough and then some for any legal purposes.


The suspension is the same as the Kia Optima’s, MacPherson struts in front and multi-link at the rear, and it’s hooked to a body comprised of 60 percent high strength steel that not only increases safety but also ride comfort by reducing what automotive engineers call NVH (or noise, vibration and harshness).


Ride is impressively smooth and road noise minimal, even over coarse pavement. Kia calls the suspension “sport-tuned.” That’s an exaggeration. The Cadenza goes around curves well , we’ll bet that Cadenzas on the race track are rarer than icebergs in the Panama Canal.


The Cadenza has, however, a tight turning circle for what the U.S. gummint calls a “basic large” sedan. At 36.5 ft, it’s less than many smaller cars, and will mean a lot less to-ing and fro-ing in tight parking garages.
This may be Kia’s only shot in this new market segment, so they’ve locked and loaded the Cadenza. Not only is the base model “premium” because of all its stuff, the stuff is also high quality. The interior design is elegant and classy, swathed in soft-touch surfaces, and the headliner is made from a suede-look material usually reserved for higher-price models. Our test vehicle included the Nappa leather of the Luxury package.


We don’t know whether it’s a part of Kia’s overachieving with the Cadenza, but the power windows seemed remarkably fast. We’ve never timed them on any other car or anything, but that glass just zips right up and down.
We’re amused by the lane departure warning system’s alert tones, which reminded everyone of the Lone Ranger’s theme. Ta-da-da ta-da-da ta-da-da… Hi ho, Candenza.
 

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"With the Cadenza, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, which includes navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and satellite radio, instead of having the usual three-month subscription, has a subscription paid up for the life of the vehicle. And that includes updates."

I don't think that's true. I was told it was only 3 months only. Sirius said that there was not even 3 months when I called yesterday. She said there was no trial period.
 

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My guess is they mean the SiriusXM Traffic subscription is included and not the radio subscription since the author mentions updates.
 
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