What is it?

What is it?

Last week’s photo showed the 2014 Kia Cadenza, the Korean automaker’s top of the line sedan. For a better photograph and information, read this week’s road test.


Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Jerry Paul, of Evans, who wrote: “This week my guess will be a Kia Cadenza.”

Paul wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:

AUGUSTA: Craig Kerins wrote: “This looks like a 2014 Kia Cadenza. A tough one!”

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “With the Cadenza, Kia has ventured into the premium sedan field alongside its sibling rivals, Hyundai Genesis and Equus. Although I have looked at the Genesis up close, I have not yet looked at the Cadenza. Simply because the Genesis is more distinctive from anything else in the Hyundai lineup, I would probably choose the Genesis over the Cadenza.

“The Cadenza appears to be a premium Optima, because it closely resembles it from the outside, and picks up with the option packages where the Optima leaves off. For instance, there is no V-6 engine option in the Optima, but the Cadenza has only a V-6 engine.

“The Cadenza is also around 5 inches longer than the Optima, allowing for just a skosh more room in interior dimensions. By the way, did you know that the word skosh is derived from the Japanese word sukoshi, which means ‘a little (bit)’?

“Even Kia’s advertising hints at a sort of metamorphosis with its ugly duckling reference and the now gorgeous, little-black-dress model arriving at her high school reunion in the new Cadenza. ‘You know the girl in high school no one paid any attention to?’ the voiceover asks, and then finishes with, ‘… it’s like that.’ That would imply that Kia has taken something mundane and changed it into something irresistible.

“Well, I cannot say that I have actually seen one of these on the road – especially one being driven by that model, but then maybe I mistook it for an Optima.”

EVANS: Bill Harding wrote: “It’s Kia’s flagship (for now, anyway) the Cadenza.”

SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna wrote: “This week’s What Is It? is the 2014 Kia Cadenza.”


Can you tell us the make and model of this 2014 vehicle? For instance, your answer might be “the Pontiac Banshee.” But it’s not. If you know what it actually is, call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

You have until midnight Tuesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly. If you win, let us know when you would like to pick up your prize.

– Glynn Moore, staff writer