When we do our test-drive reviews, we’ve usually spent about an hour with a car. We would love to experience cars for a week at a time and really subject them to our routine. Drive them during our commute, take them for a joy ride, introduce them to our friends – you know, the whole rigmarole. What we do is more like speed dating, whereas the pros get to forge a relationship with their press cars. Alas, these are the opportunities we’re given on the franchise level. That doesn’t mean we can’t share another person’s extended experience with you, though.
Take for example this review from Autoblog where one lucky journalist got to drive a 2014 Kia Cadenza for an entire week. Up until the introduction of the K900 this year, the Cadenza has been riding high as Kia’s premium offering. It’s a step up from the Optima, and it more than proves that Kia understands what luxury is. With chrome accents surrounding the grille, windows, and exhaust tips on the outside, and pristine white Nappa leather on the inside, the Cadenza has the look. The front fascia is aggressively centered on the tiger-nose grille, while the roofline slopes gracefully in the back.
Underneath, the Cadenza is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with direct fuel injection. The hard numbers are listed as 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, which will send the car flying up to 60 miles per hour in only six and a half seconds. While it’s powerful, the review makes it clear that the Cadenza is not a sport sedan. It’s meant for comfort and ease. The power is there so that you can feel assured on the highway, or if you’re running late to carpool. This particular blogger took his Cadenza on a four-hour road trip at one point, touring both busy highways and winding mountain roads.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the review comes at the end, when the driver is dropping off a carpool of teens at high school. He had covered the badge on the steering wheel so they didn’t know what kind of car they were riding in. They were adulatory, complimenting the look and feel of the interior, and duly impressed with the nearly 300 horses under the hood. Asked about the price, all of them overshot. Yet when the driver uncovered the badge and revealed they were riding in a Kia, they were shocked. You know what they say about “from the mouth of babes…”
You should read the full review from Autoblog, here, if you have a chance, in hopes of better acquainting yourself with this premium vehicle, and if you would like to meet the 2014 Kia Cadenza in person, you can always stop by Leith Autopark Kia for a test-drive. We’ll be waiting for you.