Years ago, when it came to the midsize sedan segment, the Ford Taurus reigned supreme. But these days, it takes a little more than a lack of quality competition to win the segment. That’s why we are taking a closer look by pitting the Taurus against a new competitor with the competition of 2014 Kia Cadenza vs 2014 Ford Taurus.
When you look at the stats alone, the two cars are very similar in things like fuel mileage, horsepower and interior volume. Physically, the Cadenza is a bit smaller than the Taurus, measuring 16 ft, 3.5 inches in length compared to 16 ft, 10.9 inches on the Taurus. The Cadenza is also less than five feet high, while the Taurus is over five feet tall. This transfers directly to the ride, as the Cadenza grips the road with ease and provides a rare performance feel in the midsize sedan segment. The Cadenza’s 3.3-liter V6 is also a bit snappier than the 3.5 on the Taurus
Where the Cadenza Really Wins
In what might still be a close race for many, the competition of the 2014 Kia Cadenza vs 2014 Ford Taurus names a clear winner when it comes to luxury and technology components. The new Cadenza has entered the market as a true luxury midsize sedan at a non-luxury price.
Aside from the high-end materials used for the seats and other interior components, the Cadenza allows consumers to stay connected and aware. Unlike the Taurus, the Cadenza as a flash memory based navigation system that offers voice activation to keep drivers focused on the road at all times. It also has a Bluetooth wireless data link to allow for hands-free phone use as well. Add in the premier sound system, and it’s pretty clear why critics everywhere are giving the Cadenza the win not only over the Taurus, but all other vehicles in the segment.