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.

Ever since the new Kia Cadenza sedan made its 2013 debut at the North American International Auto Show, it has earned praise for its long list of features, as well as for its premium feel. The all-new Cadenza claims to be Kia’s most powerful and most technologically-advanced vehicle in North America, expanding the automaker’s roster of award-winning vehicles, at the same time moving the brand up-market through its great selection of available and premium standard equipment. The premium equipment includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning System, and Blind Spot Detection. The new Cadenza is available in one trim level – Premium – at $35,100 starting MSRP, plus $800 handling and destination.

Moreover, the Cadenza boasts plenty of muscle, thanks to Kia’s very powerful V6 engine. It also carries European-influenced design aesthetic. Its cabin features tasteful chrome details, soft touch points, and premium wood accents. These elements join an abundant selection technology, demonstrating the vehicle’s ability to bring new levels of sophistication and value in the emerging mid-mainstream and mid-luxury market.

Aside from these, the 2014 Cadenza comes with a complimentary scheduled maintenance program, which covers the initial five factory-scheduled maintenance appointments. This service program is applicable for 37,500 miles or 36 months, whichever one comes first, and highlights Kia’s promise to further differentiate its new Cadenza from the competition.

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