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9.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2014 Kia Cadenza Review

The 2014 Kia Cadena sits high in our rankings because it has a comfortable, spacious, upscale interior packed with first-rate technology, as well as good standard safety equipment, respectable ownership costs, and a perfect safety rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • First-class interior quality
  • User-friendly tech features
  • Rear seats don’t fold

2014 Kia Cadenza Overview

Is the 2014 Kia Cadenza a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is a very good used car. It has an excellent reliability rating and a long list of standard features, and it’s hushed at highway speeds. Overall, the Cadenza’s acceleration and handling are impressive. Its only flaw may be its back seat, which doesn’t fold.

Used 2014 Kia Cadenza Performance and Interior

A 293-horsepower V6 engine powers the 2014 Kia Cadenza. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Acceleration is considered strong, and the Cadenza has no trouble passing vehicles on the highway. The front-wheel-drive Cadenza also strikes a nice balance between agile handling and a pillow-soft ride. This four-door sedan has an EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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The 2014 Kia Cadenza seats five on standard leather seats. Heated front seats are also included, while cooled front seats and heated rear seats are available in some models. The seats are comfortable, but long-legged drivers might wish for more thigh support on extended journeys. Rear-seat legroom is good. The Cadenza has complete LATCH systems for child safety seats on the rear outboard seats, as well as an additional middle-seat tether anchor.

There are lots of standard features in the Cadenza, including Kia’s user-friendly UVO infotainment system. It has an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Bluetooth, and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system. You’ll also find a dual-zone automatic climate control system and keyless start. The Cadenza has a spacious trunk, and there is a center pass-through for small items. However, the rear seats don’t fold for additional capacity.

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Used 2014 Kia Cadenza Prices

The price of a used 2014 Kia Cadenza ranges from about $17,800 for the Premium trim to around $20,600 for the Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 17 professional Kia Cadenza reviews for this overview to help you make a buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Kia Cadenza?

The 2014 Kia Cadenza has a J.D. Power reliability score of 4.5 out of five, which means it’s more reliable than most vehicles on the market.

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How Safe Is the Cadenza?

The 2014 Kia Cadenza has a perfect safety score in our rankings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Cadenza a Top Safety Pick and gave it the top rating of Good for all crash tests conducted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the Cadenza.

A rearview camera and rear parking assist are standard. Active safety features like advanced cruise control, blind spot detection with lane change assist, and lane departure warning are available in used Cadenzas with the Technology package.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cadenza?

The Kia Cadenza was introduced for the 2014 model year. The 2015 Cadenza saw the addition of standard equipment like an eight-way power front passenger seat and a rear armrest with USB charging. Rear cross traffic alert and a surround view monitor became standard in the 2015 Limited trim. You may want to consider a 2015 model if these features are important to you, but a 2014 Cadenza will likely cost you less.

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Which Used Kia Cadenza Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Kia Cadenza comes in two trim levels: Premium and Limited. The base Premium is well-equipped with features like an 8-inch navigation system, alloy wheels, a 12-speaker audio system, a 10-way power front driver’s seat, leather seats, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The Limited trim ups the ante with features like active headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, a 12-way power front driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium trim is well-appointed and most likely less expensive than the Limited, making it the better choice.

Even with the Cadenza’s strong reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

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2014 Kia Cadenza and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Cadenza or 2014 Toyota Avalon?

The 2014 Toyota Avalon is not a sports sedan, but it has confident cornering and handling. It also enjoys better fuel economy than the Kia. Both have top-notch interiors with technology that works well. A lower ownership cost and perfect reliability rating give the Avalon a slight edge over the Cadenza.

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Cadenza or 2014 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala bests the Cadenza in two important areas: performance and interior. The Impala’s standard four-cylinder engine (196 horsepower) isn’t as potent as the Cadenza’s V6 (293 horsepower), but the Impala shows good highway passing power and delivers better fuel economy ratings. The Impala also has an available V6 (305 horsepower) if you need more power. The Impala’s large trunk and folding rear seats make it the more practical choice.

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