Kia Cadenza

Kia Cadenza

When I got the call that I was receiving a Kia Cadenza — the Korean automaker’s "luxury" rig — I began recalling the Kia Amanti , which was put out of its misery in 2009. This Jaguar X-Type wannabe was just north of a fully loaded Toyota Camry on the luxury scale, so my hopes were not too high for the Cadenza to impress me.

When the driver rolled up in the Cadenza, I instantly though "blah, just another old Kia," as its outward appearance doesn’t necessarily separate it from the rest of the Kia lineup. All of that changed once I got the chance to grab a seat in this Nappa leather-equipped bargain luxury car that featured an Alcatara-like headliner, panoramic sunroof and nearly every goodie you could imagine for a tad under $42k.

Sometimes, however, first impressions can be incorrect, and I was still anticipating a dud in the Cadenza.

Click past the jump to read my full Driven review of the 2014 Kia Cadenza to find out if it is a winner or just a repeat of the Amanti.

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Kia unveiled the all-new Cadenza sedan - the model that marks Kia’s entering into the premium-sedan segment - at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The new Cadenza will join Kia’s current lineup of sedan models that includes: Forte , Optima and Rio , and will go on sale in the second quarter of this year.

The model is offered only in one equipment trim level and will feature a design language inspired by Kia’s European models. As a result, the new Cadenza will be distinguished by a "Tiger Tiger Nose" front fascia, quad headlamps and taillights with LED technology and a new exhaust system with twin oval tail pipes. Interior features will include equipment like leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker Infinity audio system. For those customers wishing to further customize the look of their car, Kia is also offering two optional packages: Premium package and Technology package.

The 2014 Cadenza will be equipped with only one engine: 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATED 7/18/2013: Kia has released the pricing details on the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan. See more after the jump.

Updated 07/30/2014: Kia released a series of small updates for the 2015 Cadenza which will be put on sale later in the fall.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Cadenza.

Ever since Peter Schreyer – a former designer for Volkswagen and Audi – jumped on the Kia bandwagon to become its new design chief, the aesthetic quality of Kia cars have, to say the least, bumped up into the ranks of the ‘that’s actually a pretty classy-looking ride’ category.

Coincidence or not, you still have to give credit where it’s due and Schreyer has to receive – even if it sounds obligatory – some props for what he’s done to Kia . By taking some styling cues from his previous employers, Schreyer has turned cars like the mid-sized 2011 Cadenza sedan into something worthy of a positive double-take.

While there are still other qualifications we should judge the 2011 Cadenza on – handling and price tag come to mind – we can all take comfort knowing that Kia’s newest mid-sized sedan can hold its own in the aesthetic department against other more high-profile brands in the same class.

If you still need some further convincing on the design merits of the car, take a look at these promo videos and judge for yourself. It may not generate an overwhelmingly positive response but given it’s track record – which is, to say the least, average – the 2011 Cadenza looks like a Thanksgiving Day touchdown.

More videos after the jump.

The South Korean automaker Kia has just revealed the 2010 Cadenza (known as the K7) luxury sport sedan in their domestic market. According to the manufacturer the new Cadenza will be a "big step into the future" for Kia when it goes on sale worldwide next year. The new Cadenza’s design is inspired by the KND-5 concept car that was revealed last April at the Seoul Motor Show. The concept featured a distinctive "tiger nose" front fascia with its signature grille and second-generation LED lights combined with the high efficiency rear clusters and is finished off by a dual muffler design that is integrated into the Cadenza’s back bumper.

The 2010 Cadenza is powered by a range of gasoline engines with outputs ranging from 165 HP at the more economical end to a very hearty 290 HP for the top of the line power plant. All new Cadenza models will feature front-wheel drive train as well as Kia’s all new six speed automatic transmission. With an offering like this, the Cadenza is guaranteed to attract a few new car shoppers into their local Kia showroom.

Press release after the jump.

The South Korean automaker Kia has just revealed the first images of the all new 2010 Cadenza, a mid size four door sedan that is slated to replace the Amanti here in the U.S. The Cadenza will make its world debut towards the end of this year at the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai international motor shows in the middle east. On the exterior the new Cadenza looks almost identical to the identical to the KND-5 concept that Kia brought to the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year and features the same design language as the new compact Forte and second generation Kia Sorento .

Press release after the jump.

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