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Old 08-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Kia Cadenza beats Toyota Avalon in Consumer Reports list of large sedans

DETROIT -- Kia Motors Corp.'s Cadenza debuted today in second place on Consumer Reports magazine's list of top large sedans, edging out the former standard-bearer in the segment, the gasoline-powered version of Toyota Motor Corp.'s Avalon.

The gas-powered Avalon ranked third among 12 large sedans rated by the influential publication, which has more than 8 million subscribers. At the top of the Consumer Reports list was the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, made by General Motors Co.

Toyota's hybrid Avalon sedan did, however, tie for second with the Cadenza.

"The Cadenza banishes any lingering thoughts that Kia is just a manufacturer of cheap, unrefined cars," said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.

In 2007, the last time the magazine ranked large sedans, the gas-powered Avalon topped the list. That the Avalon has been supplanted by American and Korean models reflects the upheaval in the global auto industry over the last six years.

Since its 2009 U.S.-funded bankruptcy restructuring, GM has put a renewed focus on quality. Kia and its sister company, Hyundai Motor Co., are moving into more premium segments of the U.S. market with higher-quality models.

"Kia and Hyundai have really risen up in our testing," the magazine's automotive editor, Rik Paul, said in an interview. "Americans, too, are following suit. The Japanese are not nearly as dominant as they once were."

The hybrid Avalon sedan tied for second place with the Cadenza because fuel economy is given more weight in the rankings, Paul said. Last month, the magazine said the Impala was the best-rated sedan of any size.
The Cadenza, which went on sale earlier this year, is Kia's first attempt to go upscale. Kia used the model to mark its first appearance at the Concours d'Elegance classic car show this month.

Mercedes SUV gets kudos
Meanwhile, in its testing of three-row SUVs, Consumer Reports gave the Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec an "excellent" rating.
Reviewers said they were pleasantly surprised by the diesel-powered SUV's fuel economy -- which is 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway, according to the automaker's Web site. Safety features, large towing capacity and a spacious interior also contributed to the SUV's high rating.
Poor performance in an emergency handling test caused the GL to lose points, the magazine said.

Scoring lower but still among the top SUVs, Acura's 2014 MDX crossover received a "very good" rating. The magazine said the MDX was "pleasant and well-rounded," and an improvement on its predecessor with a "hushed cabin and supple ride."

The review also praised Acura for providing easy access to and from the MDX's third row: electronic buttons on the side and back of the passenger's side second row chair trigger quick folding and sliding of the seat.
However, Consumer Reports' engineers were not fond of the MDX's multi-screen dashboard design, deeming it unintuitive and distracting.
Reuters and Adam Rubenfire contributed to this report.

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Old 08-20-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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And yet, I have never heard of the KIA Cadenza until I read this...
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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I had seen them driving around thinking that kia majorly ****ed up the optima with a newer design... glad they didn't. That thing is huge and fugly.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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Seems like kia went from making deathtrap econoboxes to sharp, luxury cars in the blink of an eye.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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I think that is a very very good looking car.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:10 PM   #6
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And yet, I have never heard of the KIA Cadenza until I read this...
Really? Kia has been advertising this car like quite a bit for the past couple of months. But then again I am in NY.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:32 AM   #7
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It's a nice car, but cheap feeling. If they step up the materials quality at the same price point I would be a slam dunk. As it is I am not sold on it.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:34 AM   #8
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If it came with the girl from the commercial it'd be in my driveway already.
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