Sensational sedans: Toyota Avalon and Kia Cadenza offer style and comfort…

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Sensational sedans: Toyota and Kia Cadenza offer style and at an affordable price

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The Kia Cadenza offers 295 horsepower and has a fuel efficiency of 22 mpg.

car owners need a four-door These vehicles are suitable for a road trip, an evening out another couple or taking on a tour of the area.

Last we drove two sedans that are for such outings: the Toyota Limited and the Kia Cadenza. These models are stylish, comfortable and – of all – affordable. And neither could be soft, slow or uninspiring – all that once described all sedans.

Quality and elegance

We had only one problem after both cars: We couldn’t to any single feature – with the of the front grilles – that one from the other. As a consequence, we can the Avalon and Cadenza together. leave it to buyers to decide one they find more appealing.

Both sedans are with well-appointed interiors. sells for less than Even with front-drive engines producing 268 horsepower and 295 horsepower (Cadenza), they reasonable, though unremarkable, fuel efficiency of 25 mpg and 22 mpg,

They’re almost exactly the size – each approximately 16 3 inches long – with than 36 inches of legroom in the and spacious trunks that can 16 cubic feet of luggage. The new rear rooflines that designer seems to be doing days make rear-door just the slightest bit awkward for passengers, but once inside, is quite adequate.

Beyond the spaciousness of these we were particularly impressed the quality and elegance of the appointments. five years ago, we have seen this of leather trim and wood-grained in a family sedan costing than $50,000. But the interior is more than skin The rear seats are deep and while the front seats are supportive and bolstered to be pleasant on long journeys. The Kia even adjustable thigh bolsters, to be appreciated by those with longer or shorter than

Owners of both of these will feel as if they’ve up to the luxury segment of the market. Our cars boasted heated and front seats, panoramic smartkey systems, Bluetooth technology and satellite radio. makes some of these standard, while Kia prices into an optional luxury though the bottom-line prices for the are the same.

There isn’t even much difference in the overall of the instrument panels and center The Kia is a bit more traditional – busy buttons and knobs – while the has gone a little overboard the way, with very surfaces and touch-sensitive controls seem almost contradictory to the accents. At least the Toyota are reasonably intuitive, though we think touch-sensitive screens and are, well, too touchy for – especially on bumpy back

Road handling

Similarities to driving impressions. There is no to hide the fact that sedans are intended to ferry a in comfort rather than to the driver with performance. Not either car is slow – both can highway speeds from a light in less than 7 which not too long ago was considered quick.

It’s on the tighter curves both cars remind that they were to be family sedans – not sports Against that standard, and handling are just fine, and car ever feels unsafe or close to the edge of getting out of Of course, as is the case with every new automobile today, we 10 years of progress in braking and control engineering to thank for handling confidence.

It’s comforting to see that cars have managed to out enough money to include cameras and navigation systems. In both test cars equipped with the optional package that provides cruise control so that the car maintains a safe distance the car in front without continuous intervention by the driver. Here the Kia adds that little bit by including lane-departure warning and detection in the technology option, that only a few years ago only available on the most luxury cars.

Bottom The buyer who expects to be carrying – family members, adult or important clients – on a regular and wants comfort and luxury affectation would be pleased to own one of these cars. Just the one with the most appealing

Longtime Los Altos residents and Genie Anderson are co-owners of Publications LLC, which several car club magazines and articles and columns to automotive and online services.

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