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I'm currently looking to buy my first new car, well not buy but lease. I currently own a 2001 Mercedes E430 4matic as well as a 1998 Honda accord. We were originally looking at the Optimas and while we were in the showroom my wife and I were like omg what is that? It was a blue limited and man it looked nice. Right now I'm still on the fence about the Cadenza or going with the Lexus ES 350. They are priced very close to each other except the lexus would be without the technology stuff such as adaptive cruise, etc to be in line price wise. I have yet to drive the Lexus but will def do so. What cars were you guys looking at as well before going with the cadenza?
 

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I'm currently looking to buy my first new car, well not buy but lease. I currently own a 2001 Mercedes E430 4matic as well as a 1998 Honda accord. We were originally looking at the Optimas and while we were in the showroom my wife and I were like omg what is that? It was a blue limited and man it looked nice. Right now I'm still on the fence about the Cadenza or going with the Lexus ES 350. They are priced very close to each other except the lexus would be without the technology stuff such as adaptive cruise, etc to be in line price wise. I have yet to drive the Lexus but will def do so. What cars were you guys looking at as well before going with the cadenza?
I looked at Lexus also; I've owned several before. but, the Cadenza knocked me out with it's bang for the buck. I have all the technology stuff and love it, especially the lane change warning and blind spot and swiveling headlights. My other car is a Lexus and is in for maintenance so I'm driving a loaner new ES350 for a few days. NO comparison; it's a great solid car, but, just no wow factor and seems really stodgy after driving my Cadenza for a year. And, it would cost a lot more than my Cadenza did.
If you're leasing, go for the Cadenza. I do suggest you wait a couple of months; the SXLs already shipped for 2015 lack some of the neat stuff they added for this year; the next wave of SXLs will have several more nice features like surround camera including overhead view.
 

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I'm currently looking to buy my first new car, well not buy but lease. I currently own a 2001 Mercedes E430 4matic as well as a 1998 Honda accord. We were originally looking at the Optimas and while we were in the showroom my wife and I were like omg what is that? It was a blue limited and man it looked nice. Right now I'm still on the fence about the Cadenza or going with the Lexus ES 350. They are priced very close to each other except the lexus would be without the technology stuff such as adaptive cruise, etc to be in line price wise. I have yet to drive the Lexus but will def do so. What cars were you guys looking at as well before going with the cadenza?
When looking for cars I was in between a Infiniti m37, Hyundai genesis and the cadenza. My dad suggested looking at a 2012 fully loaded lexus es350 and I just felt it was just not right fit for me and my sister got the car. Although the Infiniti was nice it would of been expensive to maintain, and the genny had the i-nob which people seemed to complain about how complex it is. So i choose the Cadenza for the newer car and how simple everything is about it, with all the extras.
 

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I hear ya on waiting. As soon as I seen the new 15's would have an 8 way passenger seat and the 360 view I told the wifey I was gonna wait. I'm not in any rush anyway. I'm just hoping I can get a dealer to move a decent amount on a new year car.

Btw, I have come across a few '15 limiteds that have the limited delete package which means they are an early build.
 

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I hear ya on waiting. As soon as I seen the new 15's would have an 8 way passenger seat and the 360 view I told the wifey I was gonna wait. I'm not in any rush anyway. I'm just hoping I can get a dealer to move a decent amount on a new year car.

Btw, I have come across a few '15 limiteds that have the limited delete package which means they are an early build.
yep, the ones here so far have the limited delete; typical KIA. they want to rush models out asap, and then a few months later the fully equipped ones just start appearing. happened to several of us with early 2014s; they left out the passenger cooled seat which was added later same model year.
KIA is producing fantastic cars with winning styling but they have not yet organized their production timing and need to fine tune their model launches now that they are playing in the bigger leagues.
no complaints really with my Cadenza; so much car for same money as an Accord; plus a ten year drivetrain warranty and a better 5 year 60 K bumper to bumper warrantyl
Generally, KIA comes up with killer lease deals; watch for that also with the new SXL.
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Yea thats weird why they would ever think to do that. I mean the whole point in releasing the limited would be to have it include the new options. I do have to look at one more car, the genesis. I have only really seen the car from the outside, never got a chance to sit in it yet.
 

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I looked at Audi A4 and the Acura TLX. By far the Cadenza was the best deal, with the most complete feature list. The same Audi A4, by the time it was optioned up to the Cadenza Limited level, was easily exceeding 50K and even then was still missing some things the Cadenza had standard! The Acura TLX was missing a few things that I wanted as well, even on the very top model...things like heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, even missing the spare tire (only inflator kit).

So, I took the plunge on Saturday and leased a 2015 Cadenza Limited! Black on Black! It has the new surround camera (front, back, sides and birdseye views), plus the new 8way passenger seat and a few more things that were not on the 2014 models. Only thing that is missing is the Drive Mode Select (selectable steering modes) that the brochure claims the Limited is supposed to have.

I asked my dealer about the omission, he stated that Kia decided last minute to not add that feature, but the brochures never got updated. It's an interesting omission, but was not a deal breaker by any means.

Only had the car for 48hrs now but loving the luxury and the smoothi drive/ride!!
 

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I looked at the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. I wanted a large sedan but didn't feel the need to pay for a luxury nameplate. I liked the aggressive look of the Impala (a huge Camaro!) but was a little turned off by the interior. When you added the radar based cruise control they swapped out the grille to accomodate it and it ruined the look I liked. I was really surprised by my Avalon test drive. It was not smooth. I felt every bump in the road and I was only driving around Santa Monica. I absolutely love my fully loaded Cadenza. It might be confirmation bias but it's like they made it for me. Everyone I put in the car is really surprised by how nice it is. I wish the engine was a little more refined during acceleration. The paddle shifters are a waste and I wish they spent those dollars elsewhere. I would have paid more for a little extra power (or a hybrid option). You can't even hear it once you get up to highway speeds though. The interior is great and the controls are all so intuitive. I will never drive another car without some of the features. I use the adaptive cruise control every time I drive. I can't stand driving a car without it now and I'm looking to replace our Flex with a Sedona or 2016 Sorento to get all the same safety features (and butt coolers). Unfortunately, the Sedona and the Sorento seem to have the same engine as the Cadenza.

Also, the name Cadenza is terrible. On my invoice it says CARDENZA. Even the dealer didn't get the name right.
 

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I looked at the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. I wanted a large sedan but didn't feel the need to pay for a luxury nameplate. I liked the aggressive look of the Impala (a huge Camaro!) but was a little turned off by the interior. When you added the radar based cruise control they swapped out the grille to accomodate it and it ruined the look I liked. I was really surprised by my Avalon test drive. It was not smooth. I felt every bump in the road and I was only driving around Santa Monica. I absolutely love my fully loaded Cadenza. It might be confirmation bias but it's like they made it for me. Everyone I put in the car is really surprised by how nice it is. I wish the engine was a little more refined during acceleration. The paddle shifters are a waste and I wish they spent those dollars elsewhere. I would have paid more for a little extra power (or a hybrid option). You can't even hear it once you get up to highway speeds though. The interior is great and the controls are all so intuitive. I will never drive another car without some of the features. I use the adaptive cruise control every time I drive. I can't stand driving a car without it now and I'm looking to replace our Flex with a Sedona or 2016 Sorento to get all the same safety features (and butt coolers). Unfortunately, the Sedona and the Sorento seem to have the same engine as the Cadenza.

Also, the name Cadenza is terrible. On my invoice it says CARDENZA. Even the dealer didn't get the name right.
On mine it says: mode of transport:truck. I don't get how they had that happen too.
 
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