The unique charm of the south has a culture all its own, and it seems to have a language that captures the quaint, one-of-a-kind appeal of southern hospitality. You might have heard some of the well-known southern phrases, but if you aren’t from the south you might need to let them sink for a moment. However, the flavorful sayings from the good ol’ neighborly south are chalked full of double meanings that just seem to hit the nail on the head. With a recent trip to Virginia to test drive Kia’s newest creation, it is the simple elegance of southern charm that can best sum up the 2017 Cadenza. Taking on the winding roads of backwoods Virginia and soaking in the hot southern sun, the simple, laidback ambiance was the perfect place to experience a car designed for high living. The Salamander Resort, just a short drive from our Nation’s capital, captured the quiet, simple beauty of the historic area. Along those tree covered roads, the 2017 Cadenza proved itself and then some. Here are 5 southern sayings that represent the best of Kia’s re-invention of their luxury car.
“If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay under the porch.”
While Kia has never been considered a luxury brand, it first introduced the Cadenza in 2013 as a new and exciting option for those seeking an affordable high end car. Now, it is continuing to up the ante and prove they can in fact “run with the big dogs” with the new 2017 Cadenza. Kia has introduced high strength steel and structural adhesives to revamp the drivability of the car making steering more immediate and accurate. A triple laminated windshield and extensive noise prevention blocks out the chaos of the world giving you a sanctuary while you drive. Expanded interior and a sculpted exterior make the cadenza more toned and inviting while painstaking details like genuine stitching on buttery soft nappa leather offer a comfortable driving experience. The new 2017 Cadenza is proof that Kia is listening to its customers and managing to keep pace with its luxury brand competitors.
“It happened faster than a knife fight in a phone booth.”
The 2017 Cadenza has a 3.3 liter direct injected V6 with 290 horsepower and 253 lbs of torque. It gets 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with 23 combined. The Cadenza can hit 60 mph in a little over 6 seconds. You won’t be hitting the racetrack, but you can get where you’re going with just the right amount of zip.
“He’s so rich he buys a new boat when he gets the other one wet.”
While you might not be this rich, you will feel like you are when you slide into the driver’s seat of the Cadenza. Designed to embody the brawn of a muscle car with the sleek lines of luxury, it is a combination of the best of both worlds creating a classic feel. The instrument panel has a 8 inch LCD screen with standard Android Auto/Apple Carplay. The Harmon Kardon speakers will pump out your tunes with a velvety richness. It is also has features like wireless smartphone charging and retractable sunscreens in the back windows that prove Kia has thought of everything.
“…Like white on rice.”
The 2017 Cadenza hasn’t forgotten about safety. It offers…
Advanced Smart Cruise Control
Smart Blind Spot Detection
Autonomous Emergency Braking
Front Collision Warning
High Beam Assist
Lane Departure Warning System
9 Airbags including a knee airbag (Kia’s First!)
The safety of its customers is Kia’s number one priority. Determined to make the road safer for drivers everywhere, they provide the most cutting edge technology in effort to prevent accidents. In a world where most drivers are distracted in one way or another, you have to be safety conscious “like white on rice”, and Kia is up to the challenge.
“Grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ a sweet tater.”
This will sum up your experience with the 2017 Kia Cadenza. It is a reinvented car that has made great strides and brought Kia up the ladder. More than function, more than utility, Kia has begun creating a name for itself in the world of luxury cars. They have worked hard to make an accessible car that can stand up to the rivals that are often bogged down by unnecessary bells and whistles that drive up the price. Matching the aesthetics, the drivability, and the comfort, Kia has managed to plump up its performance without inflating its price, and saving money makes everyone smile…like they are eating a sweet tater.
Kia has reinvented the Cadenza with beautiful streamlining and aggressive updates that bring it up to par with other competing brands. The backwoods of Virginia and the exquisite Salamander Resort proved to be just the right setting to absorb the southern charm and quiet elegance of the Cadenza. It has become a model in a class all its own with enough merit to break through any barriers that might hold it back from going grill to grill with other luxury cars.
***Disclosure: I attended the #DiscoverCadenza Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Kia All opinions are 100% mine. ***