The Cadenza banishes any lingering thoughts of Kia as just a manufacturer of cheap and unrefined cars. Well-rounded and thoroughly likable, this modern large sedan scores near the top of its category. Pulling that off requires a long list of positives and the Cadenza has them, along with very few faults. The cabin is quiet, well-finished and spacious.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags.
Road Test

The Cadenza banishes any lingering thoughts of Kia as just a manufacturer of cheap and unrefined cars. Well-rounded and thoroughly likable, this modern large sedan scores near the top of its category.

Pulling that off requires a long list of positives and the Cadenza has them, along with very few faults. The cabin is quiet, well-finished and spacious. It also has super-simple controls, which is rare in a fully featured luxury sedan.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.3-liter V6 (293 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Kia Cadenza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Section between windshield & sun roof cracked & not covered by dealer."

James F., FL (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Creaking sound from headliner and sunroof mechanism when body flexes"

Karl D., OH (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"The panoramic roof was in at least 4 times for service. One time was a whole week. It was completely disassembled and reassembled twice"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"some rattles passenger side excessive road/tire noise in cabin on highway"

Raymond O., IA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Aggravating creaking and rattling noises while driving emanating from panoramic sunroof, sunshade roller bracket and loose headliner retainer clips"

Stan D., MD (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Cracking noises from plastic at Sunroof opening. Rattling sound from only right side of car. Kia dealer could never fix, during 6 months, in 2018!"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Passenger side front seat-belt buckle clicks, weather stripping on the door on that side creaks."

Derrick G., SC (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Rattling from inside back of car but can't figure where it is coming from. It is not continuous. More off and on rattle."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"it was discovered the moonroof was making a whistling sound due to the panel needing further adjustment and a slight defect in the seal that is fused to the glass. It took three days to correct it at the dealer, but it is now silent"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Wind noise from Sunroof over 65 mph. Last 2 years. Not resolved."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Fog light quit. I had to take it to a Kia dealer"

Ron M., IA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Outer left taillight LED tube sometimes flickers"

Derrick G., SC (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Headlights

"The computer module that controls headlights failed. I was able to drive home using only the partially operating high beams. Dealer replaced and repaired to my satisfaction"

Tom G., NV (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

"The left dome light started to not always come on when the door was opened or when starting or shutting off the car. Then all of sudden, it would come on. It would quickly turn off."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Door/off/on switch was defective so the interior lights did not operate when the door was opened."

Bruce B., CA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"The interior lights wouldn't come on with the door being opened. Defective light panel. Replaced under warranty at next service interval."

Anonymous, UT (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Warning lights

"warning lights showed something wrong when nothing was wrong Head light warning light went on, there was a problem with the headlights, had to do with the headlights, when on, when steering the car"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Locked up caliper and dealer told us with this model you need to remove all calipers and lube them every 7500 miles. They didn't tell us that when we bought it or the first time we brought it in for the problem"

Marie L., MA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"To fix the problem of constant wear due to caliper sticking, dealer told us they would have to be taken apart and greased every 7500 miles. Oh ya, that's not in the service manual!"

Marie L., MA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"The dealer told us every 7000 miles we must have the calipers removed, cleaned and greased to prevent stickinmg"

Marie L., MA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Parking brake

"The spring on the parking brake button in the console which connects the button to the actual parking brake detached"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera needed to be replaced due to the screen going blank when put in reverse"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"2n time having the same problem"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It doesn't pair if you are on a call then enter the car and start it.You have to hang up and call the party back. Frustrating. Same with the music streaming. It shuts off after every trip. Very frustrating also"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"dealer fix it under warrantee"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"tires wore out at 24000 miles. I consider this not usual but they say that is what the tires should do."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Part of the trim surrounding the glass sunroof popped up and needed to be reattached."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Had some minor hail that did not dent my other vehicle. This car sustained significant damage."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Faulty fuel injectors needed to be replaced"

Matthew P., OR (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

"Starts on cold mornings like an old Tractor shakes till it runs 15 seconds. Some times runs real rough at traffic lights"

Denise B., SC (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It was broken when purchased but I was unaware of that until I drove it off the lot. the dealer took it back to replace the ACC radar."

Brian M., MD (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Chain tensioner rattling until oil flow sufficient."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Had to have an injector replaced"

Arthur M., CT (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"Rodents (rat, mouse, squirrel) just love to nest and eat the electrical wire for the secondary fuel pump under the hood. This requires the entire engine harness to be replaced. I've had this happen twice, so now my hood is open every night AND a flood light shines on the engine top and bottom."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"Lost all refrigerant and dealer could not find leak. Charged me $150 to recharge system saying it was normal wear and not covered under warranty."

Robert E., IN (2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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