Movin' on Up
Every automaker wants a flagship model; they crave a range-topping sedan the way husky children lust after Little Debbie Swiss Rolls.
It’s debatable whether either party actually needs what they desire, but for better or worse it seems they typically get what they want.
South Korean car company Hyundai has been on an unstoppable product push for the last decade while simultaneously improving their vehicles at a breakneck pace. It’s amazing how far they’ve come, especially when one looks at the Genesis and Equus sedans: credible luxury cars that sell for less than lavish prices. But Hyundai’s corporate sibling, Kia, has largely been left out to dry, especially since the anodyne Amanti was discontinued in North America a number of years ago.
But Kia just launched a new range-topping model called the Cadenza, a fraternal twin of the Hyundai Azera. This large front-wheel-drive sedan sits atop the brand’s ever-growing – and improving – lineup. On paper it delivers a convincing luxury argument but does it really have what it takes to compete in the premium segment? You’re about to find out because the 2013 Kia Cadenza is the subject of this week’s AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection.