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2014 Kia Cadenza

Price: $35,900

Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city/28 highway/22 combined

Kia's new flagship sedan is superior in almost every way to the disappointing Amanti, which Kia yanked from dealerships three years ago. The Cadenza looks great and is packed with value. GPS navigation, Kia's Uvo infotainment and voice command system, 8-inch touchscreen, 12-speaker Infinity audio system, and leather seating are all standard.

In fact, Cadenza only comes in one, well-equipped trim level that makes the buying experience pretty user friendly. Its cabin is roomy and easily accommodates five adults. We really like the way it behaves on curvy roads. It's no sport sedan, but the Cadenza does react predictably in the turns. A 293-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 turns the front wheels through a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission. In addition to Kia's industry-leading 10-year-100,000 powertrain warranty, the first three years of scheduled maintenance is free.