The 2014 Kia Cadenza hits all the marks for safety, and with its 'single-spec' presentation, it's easy to wrap in a few innovative active-safety options.
The Cadenza comes with eight standard airbags, including front and rear seat-mounted side bags and full-length side-curtain bags. A rear camera system and backup warning sensors are included, too.
An advanced smart cruise control system offers four different following distances and will actually brake the car to a stop for traffic ahead, while the lane-departure warning system may help alert you if you're drowsy or inattentive (it chimes loudly); meanwhile, the blind spot detection system helps warn of vehicles that are to the side and just behind.
The Cadenza has earned top 'good' scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in all categories. It's a Top Safety Pick for 2013 in its 2014 model-year launch edition, but it hasn't been crash-tested for small-overlap strength--the IIHS' new requirement for its highest awards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't tested it at all.
We'll update this section as the ratings are released.