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Man, photos and videos definitely don't do this car justice. Simply stunning.

I wish I wasn't pressed for time when I was at the dealer but just on up close looks alone at my favorite 2016 color combo, the Silky Silver with White Nappa, I'll definitely have to keep my eye out for this car in the near future.

Now I originally stopped by a Kia dealer for some light window shopping/time waster. I came in originally to see a 2016 Optima SXL, which looked great; however, at the fine details, the Cadenza Limited definitely manages to up the ante quite a bit in its premium touches on the interior materials and finish. It's a lot more grown-up and maybe a bit more austere compared to the Optima, but for me, it works.

I didn't have time to actually drive it and while I'm not expecting the Cadenza to be quite as nimble on its feet compared to the new Optima, I'm still interested to find out ultimately from a value perspective, would it still be a smart move to shoot for a used Cadenza or a new Optima SXL. I think value-wise, it might be a complete wash. I'll have to just spend a day and drive both back to back before I could ever make a choice between the two.




I'm definitely sold on the white Nappa interior. Again, looks much better in person. I'm also sold on the Limited trim. I originally thought that the port holes and chrome wheels would look too gaudy. However, it's only when I saw it up close and saw the level of detail that a tremendous amount of tangible and sophisticated style to the car while maintaining austerity.
 

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I know this is a Cadenza forum but coming from an Optima they are really nice and really fun to drive! Not to mention if you like modifying and customizing you vehicle there is a lot more out there for the Optima!

Did you only take one picture? I was hoping to see more than one ;(
 

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I know, I was in such a rush. Time really flew by! It's a shame because it probably is my favorite color combo for the new Cadenzas.

I'm sure I'll have another opportunity in a couple of months to go back and check out both of them.

You're right about the customization on the Optima. There are so many kits and parts available on the Optima right now. I've never been a massive mod guy, but I'll keep that in mind too.
 

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This a different from person to person, but he's something to consider.

Every day I drive to work, I see at least 20 Optimas (and they're terrific cars).

I see exactly 0 Cadenzas, I'm lucky to see 1 a month.

I personally like having a car that's unique on the road...and not for being some gaudy looking trash....just an unknown model.
 

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This a different from person to person, but he's something to consider.

Every day I drive to work, I see at least 20 Optimas (and they're terrific cars).

I see exactly 0 Cadenzas, I'm lucky to see 1 a month.

I personally like having a car that's unique on the road...and not for being some gaudy looking trash....just an unknown model.
Exactly, you're right on the money and that's a big reason why I gravitated towards the Cadenza initially. It truly stands out.

I thought I could get away with the 2016 Optima because it has been redesigned but to the untrained eye, most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the 2016 and the 2012 model. :(
 

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Exactly, you're right on the money and that's a big reason why I gravitated towards the Cadenza initially. It truly stands out.

I thought I could get away with the 2016 Optima because it has been redesigned but to the untrained eye, most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the 2016 and the 2012 model. :(
This is along the same lines of the "it stands out" sentiment, but even among my office parking lot (Tesla's, BMW 750 Li, A8L 4.0s, Lexus 460Ls) etc, the Cadenza still caught the eye of my boss (BMW M4 owner).

I didn't hear exactly what he said on Wednesday, but it was something along the words of "**** nick, nice lines" or something like that when he walked passed my car (we were on our way back in from a team lunch).

Had it been an optima...as nice as they are - it would have instantly blended in to this idea of "seen it a million times"
 

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Your pic looks like mine. Went in for a used or Optima sxl, but fell in love. Couldn't be happier. Resale? Not planning in selling for quite some time, as this has everything I want/need. Besides, I get a lot of looks, and don't like changing vehicles that often.
 
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