12: Kia Cadenza
Since as far back as the Amanti, Kia has been yearning to attract a more affluent buyer into their showrooms. While the Cadenza is a great try, the sedan still falls short in several aspects. The main problem here is the fact that the overall design is not high quality in a segment where price and quality are everything. Kia wants this car to be on the same scale as a Lexus or a Cadillac, but it just is not.
Headspace is tight and the overall design looks like a jazzed-up Kia Optima. Not to say that either car is a bad choice, but when you are eclipsing Camry price points, it’s time to take a second look. The Cadenza hasn’t been a sales success yet, and time will tell if Kia is going to be updating the sedan. If not, definitely one to avoid.