Kia Cadenza actually better than the Toyota Avalon in Consumer Reports list of large sedans

Article by Anita Panait, on August 22, 2013

The Kia Cadenza ranked second on Consumer Reports magazine's list of top large sedans. The Cadenza actually tied in the magazine’s ranking for large sedans with the Toyota Avalon, the former top-ranker in the list. Of the 12 large sedans rated by Consumer Reports, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala came out first.

Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, remarked that the Cadenza banishes any lingering thoughts that Kia is just a manufacturer of cheap, unrefined cars.

Consumer Reports last ranked large sedans in 2007, with the Avalon lording over other competing units. But now, American and South Korean models are topping the publication’s list. General Motors renewed its commitment on quality after suffering from a financial collapse in 2009, allowing it to create new products that satisfy consumers’ appetite for quality offerings.

Kia and Hyundai, meanwhile, are creating higher quality models that may catapult them onto more premium segments of the US vehicle market. Consumer Reports’ automotive editor, Rik Paul, told Automotive News in an interview that Kia and Hyundai “have really risen up” in their testing, with Americans following suit.

He noted that Japanese carmakers “are not nearly as dominant as they once were." According to Paul, hybrid Avalon sedan tied for second place with the Cadenza since fuel economy is given more weight in the rankings. In July, Consumer Reports said that Impala was the best-rated sedan of any size. The Cadenza marks Kia's first attempt to go upscale.

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