I recently took a trip to Southern California’s Orange County to do some site seeing and drive down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). It’s not every day that I get to take in beautiful ocean views during my drive and knew I needed a car that was suitable for this Orange County lifestyle. When I heard the words, “how about a Kia Cadenza Limited?” I about fell out of my seat. I have been dying to get behind the wheel of this sexy, luxurious car and it couldn’t have been a more perfect car to explore Orange County in. Its looks alone fit right in with the posh living.

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Exterior
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Kia has been stepping up the bar when it comes to impressive exteriors and the Cadenza is no different. The design captures the eyes with its bold and timeless look.

During my trip to Orange County I stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, a beautiful resort along the beach. Every time I went to take my car out of valet and bring it back in, the valet workers would comment on how classy this car looked (that is coming from guys who drive cars worth $65,000 and up). They couldn’t believe it was a Kia.

One of my favorite accents on the exterior of the 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited is the standard 19″ alloy wheels with a chrome finish. Yes, those wheels are standard! The LED lights are also impressive, giving the car a more premium look.

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Performance
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Driving along the PCH allowed me to really test how the car handled with its curvy roads and gorgeous ocean views. The Kia Cadenza Limited offered a smooth, quiet ride without lacking in the performance. With a 3.3-liter V6 engine, it provides an impressive 293 horsepower that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a more responsive acceleration, however that would not be a deal breaker for me. Once we got going, the car made up for it.

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Interior
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The interior in the 2014 Kia Cadenza is spacious and offers true luxury. Leather seats and wood interior accents welcome you in, while the panoramic sunroof and heated/cooled seats make life on the road much more enjoyable.

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Mom’s Impression
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Now you may have noticed a change in the Cadenza’s exterior color, that’s because it is a completely different vehicle. My partner at Simply Real Moms, Emily, got to drive the Cadenza Limited during her travels to Santa Monica last month and took some action shots of the interior while traveling with her infant.

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As parents, I am sure you can attest that finding a sedan that is spacious enough to fit a bulky infant car seat while giving enough room for the passenger in the front to be comfortable is hard to find.  In fact, it’s so rare that I get overly excited when I find a vehicle that’s spacious enough. Well folks, the Kia Cadenza IS that spacious. Not only was Emily able to put the infant car seat in easily, her sister who was sitting in the front passenger seat had enough room to stretch her legs and relax while taking in that Southern California sun through the panoramic sunroof. If you are a parent to more than one child, the back seats will easily hold three car seats in a row.

Technology
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I was blessed with a lot of useful upgrades in the Limited edition. Upgrades like Blind-Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Heated Steering Wheel, and Hydrophobic Glass. What’s Hydrophobic Glass? It’s just a fancy name for a windshield that improves viability by repelling water— which is extremely helpful during the rainy season.

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On both the Premium and Limited edition’s things like a back–up warning system, dual temperature control, and Voice-activated Navigation System come standard. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again… Dual Temperature Control is much needed and I will never purchase a car that doesn’t offer this feature. Something so simple has a major impact when it comes to the comfort of both my husband and I on car trips. Usually he is cold and I am hot, so we never have to compromise the temperature with the dual controls.

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My only issue with the technology was with the sound system. While trying to listen to music my Sirius radio stations would cut in and out. I thought this was just a fluke during a bad reception spot but it did it every time I got into the car, even during my drive to Los Angeles. I would recommend Kia look into this and hopefully it was only a problem in the Cadenza I drove.

Final Thoughts
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Overall I was highly impressed with the 2014 Kia Cadenza. It was comfortable, spacious, and attractive. If you are in the market for a more luxurious car without paying the heavy price tag, you’ll be happy to know that the 2014 Kia Cadenza starts starts at $35,100 with 19 city/ 28 hwy mpg. You can learn more or find a dealership near you by visiting: www.kia.com/us.

 

Disclosure: Thanks to Kia for loaning me a 2014 Kia Cadenza for review purposes. All opinions are my own.