Kia Cadenza beats Toyota Avalon in Consumer Reports list of large sedans

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August 20, 2013 — am ET — UPDATED: 8/20/13 am ET — adds SUV ratings

— Kia Motors Corp.’s debuted today in second on Consumer Reports magazine’s of top large sedans, edging out the standard-bearer in the segment, the gasoline-powered of Toyota Motor Corp.’s

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

Toyota’s hybrid Avalon did, however, tie for second the Cadenza.

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

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

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

Kia and Hyundai really risen up in our testing, the automotive editor, Rik Paul, in an interview. Americans, too, are suit. The Japanese are not nearly as as they once were.

The Avalon sedan tied for place with the Cadenza fuel economy is given weight in the rankings, Paul Last month, the magazine the Impala was the best-rated sedan of any

The Cadenza, which went on earlier this year, is first attempt to go upscale. Kia the model to mark its first at the Concours d’Elegance classic car this month.

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Meanwhile, in its testing of SUVs, Consumer Reports the Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec an rating.


Reviewers said they pleasantly surprised by the diesel-powered fuel economy — is 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway, according to the Web site. Safety features, towing capacity and a spacious also contributed to the SUV’s rating.

Poor performance in an handling test caused the GL to points, the magazine said.

lower but still among the top Acura’s 2014 MDX crossover a very good rating. The said the MDX was pleasant and well-rounded, and an on its predecessor with a hushed and supple ride.

The review also praised for providing easy access to and the MDX’s third row: buttons on the side and back of the side second row chair quick folding and sliding of the

However, Consumer Reports engineers were not fond of the multi-screen dashboard design, it unintuitive and distracting.

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