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Kia Cadenza Stacks Up Well Against Top Full-Size Sedans

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 08/15/2013 at 2:15 PM
2014 Chrysler 300

2014 Chrysler 300

2014 Kia Cadenza

2014 Kia Cadenza

2014 Kia Cadenza vs. 2014 Chrysler 300

Kia recently entered its hat into the ring of premium sedans with the 2014 Kia Cadenza and the early reviews have been staggering, from consumers and auto experts alike. But being a new entrant into the highly-competitive class of premium sedans isn’t easy, as the Cadenza tries to stand up to well-established sedans like the Chrysler 300. That’s why we’re setting out to help you see the difference in our comparison of the Kia Cadenza vs. Chrysler 300.

Kia Cadenza Interior

The Kia Cadenza features leather seats and a full-slate of advanced amenities.

The 2014 Kia Cadenza is available in just one trim with a few available upgrade packages to make ordering simple for consumers. Without any packages added, the Cadenza comes standard with tech features like Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, rear park assist, the Kia UVO infotainment system displayed on an 8-inch touch screen, and a navigation system, among others. The interior includes leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, 19-inch wheels, and a 10-way powered drivers’ seat.

Under the hood of the Cadenza rests a spirited 3.3-liter V6 yielding 293 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. That drivetrain helps the 2014 Kia Cadenza achieve 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway, according to EPA estimates.

Since the Kia Cadenza is only available in one, well-equipped trim, we’ll use the similarly priced Chrysler 300C for comparing the 2014 Kia Cadenza vs. the 2014 Chrysler 300.

In terms of features and amenities, the Chrysler 300C and the Cadenza are similarly, but not equally equipped. The wheels on Chrysler’s full-size sedan are an inch smaller than the Cadenza’s and it also does not include rear park assist, although it does come equipped with heated/cooled cup holders and driver memory functions. The biggest difference in terms of amenities is the sound system, as the Cadenza boasts a 12-speaker Infinity sound system and the 300C offers a six-speaker Alpine audio system.

The Chrysler 300C is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that outputs 292-horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 is paired to a eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-economy figures sit at 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

While actual feel behind the wheel and driving experience certainly will sway your decision one way or the other, it’s apparent the Cadenza stacks up well against top-of-class competitors like the 2014 Chrysler 300. Test drive the 2014 Kia Cadenza at Bill Jacobs Kia and experience the newest member of the 2014 Kia lineup.


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