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A key distinction versus Sync: UVO is included in the Cadenza's base price and is free throughout the Cadenza's 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
refreshingly intuitive and easy-to-read UVO infotainment system
an adaptive cruise control system that will bring the vehicle to a full stop in sync with the car ahead
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this gauge cluster is a case of using technology just for the sake thereof
the UVO touch-screen infotainment system operated faultlessly and without frustration
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You won't find any stripped-down base model of the 2014 Kia Cadenza. Unlike Kia's other models, which are sold in trim levels such as LX, EX, and SX, the Cadenza is sold only in a single 'Premium' trim. That means even if you don't opt for one of the two major packages, you're getting a big sedan that's loaded with luxury.
Factory-installed options are limited to the Luxury Package ($3,000), the Technology Package ($3,000), and a White Interior Package (price not yet available). Considering the base price of $35,100 (and $800 destination), with both of those packages added you get a vehicle with top-tier luxury features, including things like active cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, for less than $42k.
With the Luxury Package you get a panoramic sunroof, power retractable sunshade, active front lighting system, Nappa leather seats, a ventilated driver's seat, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable steering column, two-position seat and mirror memory, a driver's thigh cushion extension, a first-aid kit, and a seven-inch TFT gauge cluster. Add the Technology Package and it steps up to 19-inch alloy wheels, hydrophobic front-door glass, an electronic parking brake, smart cruise control, blind-spot detection, and lane departure warning.
The navigation system runs off an SD card, and the system is included in all Cadenzas. It's a great system, too, with clear map displays, smooth scrolling, and easy toggling between zoom level, split-screen views, and live traffic. The system features traffic warnings, and even an automatic-rerouting box that you can check.
For all the features it has, the 2014 Kia Cadenza does a good job in offering hard buttons for most tasks, without overwhelming you with them. Climate functions don't depend on the screen system, for instance.
What we're not quite as charmed about as we expected is the 550-watt, 12-speaker Infinity sound system, which, when we cranked up the volume even just above midway, sounded a bit distorted (with the EQ zeroed).
The Cadenza also features the new UVO eServices suite, which provides a set of smartphone-based services, all accessed through a free app rather than a monthly subscription fee. The service includes a diagnostics assistant, parking minder, roadside assistance, and access to custom vehicle settings.
If you're motivated by in-vehicle technology and luxury features, you can get it all here in the 2014 Kia Cadenza, at a price that's really competitive.