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Hey guys, I'm a new member on the forum and I recently purchased my 2014 Cadenza CPO in late 2016. Car's been great except for the noisy tires installed by the dealership that I purchased it from. (May replace them soon).

The question is, I've recently gone into a much higher paying job and I'm thinking of trading out of it for a 15-16 CPO K900 V8 w/ VIP Package.

I'm a huge fan of luxury cars and I especially love what Kia has to offer over the competition but even though I absolutely love my Cadenza, after seeing a K900, I would absolutely love to live with that real wood trim, those chrome accents and most importantly, that V8 power as I've always felt like the almost 300 that the Cadenza offers is great but not as much as I'd like.

Besides the gas mileage which I know will be worse (I average 18mpg in my Cadenza anyways),

What would be the other downsides to owning a K900 over a Cadenza?

Appreciate the help!
 

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I feel and felt the same way the minute I saw the first K900s. I did just what you're thinking of; I traded my '14 Cadenza limited with 7000 miles on it last December for a '15 K900 with VIP with 19000 miles. LOVE IT! No regrets; both are incredible cars compared to their competitors and money wise, there's no comparison to other makes.

My Cadenza was black/white, and, I wanted a black/white with VIP K900...Had to do some searching to find one that was one owner and perfect shape, but, I did and had it shipped here to a friend's dealership to do the trade. Fully inspected and checked out with NO problems found, and none since.

My only 'complaint' is the mileage; it is hard to get over 14mpg in city, I have had 24 mpg on the highway. I always got 18 mpg city in my Cadenza and around 30 on the highway.

Here's what convinced me: I paid 34K new for the Cadenza in October '13 with it's sticker price of 43K. I bought my K900 for 29,800 with literally no signs of wear and full maintenance records. My K900 stickered out at 68K, so no matter how you look at it the trade was a no brainer.

I have no regrets and love it; go find a low mileage one like you want and you'll be amazed at the difference in driving; the K9 is as solid riding as a Bentley and saving almost 40K to get it was sweet.

I was surprised the insurance rate is fairly high due to it's original list price; depends on each state. I'm in NC which has very low auto ins. rates; so could be worse if your state is a higher cost state regulatory for insurance.

Go for it; you will love every feature on the K9; my favorite besides the ride and style is the heads up monitor..Other favorites are the power close doors, the interior quality, the absolutely silent ride and a fantastic sound system.

I re-badged it with K5 Optima's 7 piece badge set and not a drive goes by without a question of what is that, and, always compliments.

Lots of these K9s are coming back in from lease; some incredible bargains out there as they are all low mileage. My dealer CPO'd mine for me for $400 so I have the full 10 year/100K coverage, too.

LOVE IT!
 

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I feel and felt the same way the minute I saw the first K900s. I did just what you're thinking of; I traded my '14 Cadenza limited with 7000 miles on it last December for a '15 K900 with VIP with 19000 miles. LOVE IT! No regrets; both are incredible cars compared to their competitors and money wise, there's no comparison to other makes.

My Cadenza was black/white, and, I wanted a black/white with VIP K900...Had to do some searching to find one that was one owner and perfect shape, but, I did and had it shipped here to a friend's dealership to do the trade. Fully inspected and checked out with NO problems found, and none since.

My only 'complaint' is the mileage; it is hard to get over 14mpg in city, I have had 24 mpg on the highway. I always got 18 mpg city in my Cadenza and around 30 on the highway.

Here's what convinced me: I paid 34K new for the Cadenza in October '13 with it's sticker price of 43K. I bought my K900 for 29,800 with literally no signs of wear and full maintenance records. My K900 stickered out at 68K, so no matter how you look at it the trade was a no brainer.

I have no regrets and love it; go find a low mileage one like you want and you'll be amazed at the difference in driving; the K9 is as solid riding as a Bentley and saving almost 40K to get it was sweet.

I was surprised the insurance rate is fairly high due to it's original list price; depends on each state. I'm in NC which has very low auto ins. rates; so could be worse if your state is a higher cost state regulatory for insurance.

Go for it; you will love every feature on the K9; my favorite besides the ride and style is the heads up monitor..Other favorites are the power close doors, the interior quality, the absolutely silent ride and a fantastic sound system.

I re-badged it with K5 Optima's 7 piece badge set and not a drive goes by without a question of what is that, and, always compliments.

Lots of these K9s are coming back in from lease; some incredible bargains out there as they are all low mileage. My dealer CPO'd mine for me for $400 so I have the full 10 year/100K coverage, too.

LOVE IT!
Appreciate the info. I test drove one in my area yesterday and it was superb. I'd just have to get used to the weight.

Also as you mentioned, I'll have to check the insurance rates before moving forward as I live in Miami and insurance is no joke down here. Especially due to my age. (I'm 21)
 

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Consider the Stringer GT when it comes out at the end of the year? Should be pretty sweet
I saw it and it looks pretty nice but I'm more a fan of premium full size luxury sedans. Also, I prefer a good ol fashioned V8. Engine options on the GT kind of upset me.

By the way, I wish you guys had an outlet in South Florida.

Your selection of products is fantastic!
 

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I saw it and it looks pretty nice but I'm more a fan of premium full size luxury sedans. Also, I prefer a good ol fashioned V8. Engine options on the GT kind of upset me.

By the way, I wish you guys had an outlet in South Florida.

Your selection of products is fantastic!
The V6 twin turbo was disappointing!? Man you're crazy ;) But I understand the K9000 definitely has that old fashion V8 and a larger roomier cabin

Thanks! Not sure if its in the books to open a east coast store or not but FL would definitely be one of the states to have it in
 

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I did the exact opposite.I purchased a 2015 K900 and traded it on on a 2016 Cadenza tech version.I found the k900 was:
-too large
-poor gas mileage
-not overly attractive
-wife hated ( unhappy wife unhappy life)

I took one drive in the cadenza and I was sold as was wife ( happy wife happy life) I am getting much better gas mileage, better turning radius, easier to park and more comfortable interior .Finally it just looks so much better
 

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If you're looking for a full size premium vehicle then the Stinger may still foot the bill. The Cadenza (from what I've read) is one of the smallest "full size" cars on the market. I think it's only like 5" longer than the Optima and the Stinger will be between the 2. Just saying :)
 

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The Cadenza I think is also slightly wider than the Optima.I agree with Gene the lack of a touch screen for the GPS and telephone was a real pain in thew ***. I almost immediately changed the tires on the K900 they were very poor and I must admit that did quiet the drive. Another thing I disliked about the lack of a touch screen was figuring out how to configure the radio stations on Am Fm and Sat. It was not easy to figure out how to save them I am so much happier in my Cadenza
 

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No touchscreen???
That was one of the reasons I traded down and took a haircut doing it. My K900 was the V6 and it still sucked gas like a sieve.HGetting back to the touch screen or lack there of the joystick controls everything including setting radio stations and it was a pain in the ***.The screen is larger than the Cadenza but the fact it is not touch controlled never again. I also rebadged the car and many asked me what it was, most thought it was a Lexus.My wife said I was embarrassed to drive a Kia and she was right.I have not rebadged my 2016 Cadenza nor am I planning too. I found that teh k900's OEM tires were terrible besides being loud. Because it was rear drive you will definitely need snows if you live in snow country
 
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