Kia’s hamster days are dead. Kia, the South Korean carmaker, just recently known for being a cheap imitation of Hyundai, which was itself in many ways a copy of Toyota, first moved from the children’s table with the release and subsequent success of its Optima SXL, has earned a permanent spot with the adults with the production of its 2014 Kia Cadenza.
Designed by Kia and Hyundai’s chief designer Peter Schreyer, the former design wunderkind at Audi and Volkswagen, the luxury car is generating early thoughts at the Detroit Auto Show that it is a marked improvement over anything Kia has previously produced, including the deservedly-respected Optima SXL. There is no doubt that while the six-speed automatic Cadenza is a beautiful car both inside and out, it pays proper attention to function as well so that the final product is one that can enjoyed by nearly all of the senses, not just sight.
Kia’s newest entry into the luxury niche is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 capable of churning out 293 horsepower and 255 lb. ft of torque. Pricing has yet to be released for the 2014 Cadenza.
As you know, Kia produces some of the very best cars for people who need a second shot at credit, given their affordable pricing and operating costs. The Cadenza should be no exception.