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I had a very brief test drive of a low mileage used 2015 Kia Cadenza Premium. I'll quickly mention the things I didn't like.

I didn't think the suspension handled really bad road surfaces quite as well as I'd hoped. It did a good job of smoothing out the potholes but I think my Camry is slightly better at it. It didn't jump around too much, which was nice to see. Also, I thought the body rolled a bit more than I was expecting but it was much better than my car, so that's a positive improvement. Handling seemed decent enough; nothing negative jumped out at me.

Despite the multi way adjustment of the driver's seat, I struggled to get comfortable. I loved the thigh extender though. But the end of the test drive I think I had the seat adjusted and I was more comfortable, but it took a while. I think the seat neede a little bit more support where the base and back meet. But it was decent.

It was easy to drive; the power was nice to have in reserve but it drove well at slower speeds. The accelerator wasn't too sensitive and the transmission did its job and kept to the background. I had a short trip on the highway but the sales guy had verbal diarrhoea so I couldn't pay too much attention to the car but it was comfortable at 110km/h. Though the suspension could have been better over large bumps and potholes at that speed.

Obviously the heated seats and wheel were great though I don't think the wooden part of the wheel heated up. Visibility was decent although the backup camera was dirty from the slush and dirt from the roads and revering was harder than it should be.

I could hear a small creak from somewhere in the cabin but I don't know if it was the car or maybe some ice that had stuck to the body somewhere. Not too annoying as my current car has tons of rattles and creaks. The interior was quiet although road noise was much louder than I had hoped. I guess that must be the OEM tyres.

I don't care about the sunroof (maybe that was creaking) so I won't comment on it. I didn't play with it.

The steering wheel doesn't quite telescope out enough for me, another inch or two would be better. Otherwise I like the driving position and I like the simple centre console controls. I like the touchscreen interface, which is less fiddly than some I've used. It was quick and responsive and fairly intuitive.

I like the simplistic yet stylish design in and out. I hate some cars these days (Toyota, Lexus and Nissan, I'm looking at you!) because they put too many silly lines and curves, when simple I think works better. It's tasteful and says "I'm comfortable with myself", unlike other cars that scream "look at me!!". I know I'm preaching to the choir!

Ultimately it's a few inches bigger on the outside than I'm looking for. I used to have a Ford Five Hundred, which is about 5" longer and I sold that because I got tired to trying to drive it in the suburbs that are forever getting more and more cramped. I don't need the V6 although I like the power. I had to drive it as I wanted to see how comfortable it was. Which it is. But now I need to decide if the Cadenza remains in my list of possible cars to buy or not!

I think the Cadenza is a few small changes from a great car and I can't wait to see what they do with the next version.

(Apologies for the rambling thoughts.)
 

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Just as small bits for you or anyone who may be looking, the wooden upper piece of the steering wheel is not heated.

Also, the creaking noise you hear MAY be the full panoramic sunroof. It does sometimes creak at lower temps especially if there is any ice up there, just a bit of flexion, nothing serious though. I've had no problems with my sunroof though, some people have.
 

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I had a very brief test drive of a low mileage used 2015 Kia Cadenza Premium. I'll quickly mention the things I didn't like.

I didn't think the suspension handled really bad road surfaces quite as well as I'd hoped. It did a good job of smoothing out the potholes but I think my Camry is slightly better at it. It didn't jump around too much, which was nice to see. Also, I thought the body rolled a bit more than I was expecting but it was much better than my car, so that's a positive improvement. Handling seemed decent enough; nothing negative jumped out at me.

Despite the multi way adjustment of the driver's seat, I struggled to get comfortable. I loved the thigh extender though. But the end of the test drive I think I had the seat adjusted and I was more comfortable, but it took a while. I think the seat neede a little bit more support where the base and back meet. But it was decent.

It was easy to drive; the power was nice to have in reserve but it drove well at slower speeds. The accelerator wasn't too sensitive and the transmission did its job and kept to the background. I had a short trip on the highway but the sales guy had verbal diarrhoea so I couldn't pay too much attention to the car but it was comfortable at 110km/h. Though the suspension could have been better over large bumps and potholes at that speed.

Obviously the heated seats and wheel were great though I don't think the wooden part of the wheel heated up. Visibility was decent although the backup camera was dirty from the slush and dirt from the roads and revering was harder than it should be.

I could hear a small creak from somewhere in the cabin but I don't know if it was the car or maybe some ice that had stuck to the body somewhere. Not too annoying as my current car has tons of rattles and creaks. The interior was quiet although road noise was much louder than I had hoped. I guess that must be the OEM tyres.

I don't care about the sunroof (maybe that was creaking) so I won't comment on it. I didn't play with it.

The steering wheel doesn't quite telescope out enough for me, another inch or two would be better. Otherwise I like the driving position and I like the simple centre console controls. I like the touchscreen interface, which is less fiddly than some I've used. It was quick and responsive and fairly intuitive.

I like the simplistic yet stylish design in and out. I hate some cars these days (Toyota, Lexus and Nissan, I'm looking at you!) because they put too many silly lines and curves, when simple I think works better. It's tasteful and says "I'm comfortable with myself", unlike other cars that scream "look at me!!". I know I'm preaching to the choir!

Ultimately it's a few inches bigger on the outside than I'm looking for. I used to have a Ford Five Hundred, which is about 5" longer and I sold that because I got tired to trying to drive it in the suburbs that are forever getting more and more cramped. I don't need the V6 although I like the power. I had to drive it as I wanted to see how comfortable it was. Which it is. But now I need to decide if the Cadenza remains in my list of possible cars to buy or not!

I think the Cadenza is a few small changes from a great car and I can't wait to see what they do with the next version.

(Apologies for the rambling thoughts.)
Interesting to hear your perceptions. My first test drive in a 2014 Premium with the Luxury package was all it took for my wife and I. We bought a Certified Pre Owned with 27K on it in August. We have 32,500 on it now and love it. No issues other than it makes my Acura TL seem a little "rough".
 

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It was a bit unfair as I test drove a Cadillac ATS several times last week, which is a fantastic car to drive. So my expectations may have been skewed somewhat. :)
 

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I don't much care for the way Cadis look anymore. Used to you know when they were near you, now then blend into the parking lot (except the lights maybe). To get our same power (just the engine option it seems) you're already at $42k. Plus it is either a rear-wheel drive vehicle or AWD, not front wheel like the Cadenza, that can always make a difference (RWD not great in snowy states in winter). From what I'm seeing EVERYTHING is an extra charge. To get what we have (at a minimum) on the SXL it looks like the starting price is around $49k :/. If it's what you like and you have the money though then go for it :) I won't stop you and there's nothing wrong with getting what you want. You obviously work and I hope you are happy with whatever you choose.
 

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If you're comfortable with Carmax, (I am :p ) you can get a 2014 with 24k miles on it for $22k, up to a 2015 with 8k miles for only $27k.

These cars (i'm including the Hyundai Genesis/Equus in the back of my mind) are AMAZING second hand deals.

Repeat.

AMAZZZZINGGGGGGG

Something to consider is your commute and or purpose for the car. I bought the Cadenza because I found it to be a great "high way cruiser." Flying down i95 from Virginia to Georgia often for family, the added power on reserve is smooth and effortless to push around the slowpokes, the ride quality at 80mph+ is great, the stereo (though generic) is still premium and crystal clear, and quite honestly, I was attracted to all the gadgets and gizmos found in this car that you just won't find in another premium car for this price.
 

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Thanks all.

Actually, I'm in Canada (did I forget to set a location?). My commute is a mix of stop/go crawl and short bursts of 60-80km/h. So a V6 may not be the best engine for the job, but the comfort, features (especially winter related!) would make the commute a little bit more enjoyable. :)
 

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Thanks all.

Actually, I'm in Canada (did I forget to set a location?). My commute is a mix of stop/go crawl and short bursts of 60-80km/h. So a V6 may not be the best engine for the job, but the comfort, features (especially winter related!) would make the commute a little bit more enjoyable. :)
I'd say within 2 miles of my commute in the morning (this morning was 18F) the heated steering wheel really starts to pay off.

I don't know if you have HD radio up in canada as wide spread as it is near me (washington DC), but the quality is VERY good in this car.

Satellite radio frankly sounds like crap in comparison
 

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It was -30C this morning, so the heated steering wheel and seat were very much on my mind!
 

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Nice to have another Canadian driving a Cadenza! I have a 2014 Premium in Platinum Graphite purchased from Toronto Kia.

So far I've driven from Toronto to the Maritimes twice and now down to Florida for the winter. The car has performed excellently! Lots of pep when needed but also great mileage on a longer trip. Nav system has been fantastic, audio is very nice. Extremely comfortable car for long trips yet still great in the city.

Congratulations, and enjoy!

You will find that the Canadian Nav software doesn't support the UVO eServices capabilities that the US has (diagnostics, etc) but not sure if we are really missing much.
 

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Sorry if I confused anyone - I don't have a Cadenza. I was test driving to see if I wanted to buy one. My main concerns with it are:

* bit bigger than I wanted, may not fit in my garage with all the other stuff I store in there (tyres etc)
* suspension/ride on Ottawa's awful roads not quite as good as I would like
* don't need a V6's power

Likes:

* features
* comfort
* space
* looks in and out
* would prefer better city economy, but then you don't buy a full size purely for economy!

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At the risk of being yelled at, have you looked at Subarus at all or are you trying to stay in the "near" luxury/luxury market? The Subarus are AWD 4cyl cars that get decent mileage in both city and highway. If I loved somewhere with more extreme snow than I have now I think that would be the way I'd go. Though admittedly they don't have as much nice stuff as we have... I'd get a Wrangler if they weren't so expensive and suck on gas sooooooooooo much (c'mon diesel option with better transmission!)
 

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You won't get yelled at by me for suggestions. :)

I looked at Subaru's - I haven't driven any but I don't like them to sit in. I know that's not really fair. :)
 

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If they aren't comfortable then they aren't for you, no biggie. Was just tossing out AWD suggestion. Have you thought about a Genesis AWD? quite close to the Cadenza in a lot of ways...
 

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If they aren't comfortable then they aren't for you, no biggie. Was just tossing out AWD suggestion. Have you thought about a Genesis AWD? quite close to the Cadenza in a lot of ways...
I have considered the new Genesis - it's a beautiful vehicle. It's too big, a touch too expensive on the used market and the reported economy figures I read are shockingly low. I shouldn't be surprised considering it weighs as much as the Millennium Falcon and it has AWD! Very nice though.

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I'd consider a Genesis myself but they're being a bit too ubiquitous around these parts. I'm leaning towards the Cadenza since it's so uncommon to see.

If the suspension is the only main complaint, I would imagine some quick aftermarket modifications should help alleviate that significantly. I'm sure there are some coilovers and anti-sway bars that can help in that regard.
 

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Try looking at the KIA Optima with the 2.0 turbo 4.
It's a little smaller in size . Much better city gas mileage, unless you punch it.
Looks a lot like the Cadenza
 

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Also remember that less common also means less support. If you are looking to mod your car or customize it then this may not be the vehicle for you. We do have some parts (check the K5OS guys) but not a whole lot. We have a front tower bar and some coilovers and lowering springs but that's about it. The rest is badges, OEM replacements that light up, LED lights, and a few spoilers. The Optima as mentioned by Gene is more common, more tested, and holds its value a bit better than a Cadenza. I love the car but the value tanks because it isn't selling well. If you're cool with all this then by all means get 1, it's a great car.
 

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We do have some parts (check the K5OS guys) but not a whole lot. We have a front tower bar and some coilovers and lowering springs but that's about it..
That's pretty much I'd need. :D

Yeah, I'm quite pleasantly surprised that the resale value has gotten so low. It'll just make buying this a much easier decision to make when the time is right.

I guess I can't set anything in stone yet until I actually drive it. My experience with larger sedans have been hit/miss but this one just seems to check so many of the boxes for me on paper...I figured lowering springs and coilovers would be available for any car out there. I'm not an extensive mod guy, but I've always had good experience with those simple replacements.
 
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