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2014 Kia Cadenza - Ringer For a Four Ringer - Review

The 2014 Kia Cadenza. The full-sized front-drive sedan is appointed with Nappa leathers, heated steering, seating, ventilated front seats, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control.<br>  <br>Throw in a panoramic roof, voice commanded navigation & infotainment, dual-zone auto climate, HID and LED lighting, and 19" wheels and the MSRP is under $42,000.<br>
________________________________ At a time of overwhelming SUV popularity, nothing in the junior executive lot proclaims “You’ve arrived” better than a premium full size sedan.  Like the 2014 Kia Cadenza. It’s Bavarian handsome, with a milder rendition of the “tiger nose” culled from the mid-size Kia Optima , is nearly a  ringer for a previous Audi A8... Read more »

2013 Hyundai Azera and 2013 Toyota Avalon - Sumo-Sized Sedans to the Mat - Comparison Review

Never before have their been so many choices among  full-size premium sedans sold in North America.  From the Far East: (top) the 2013 Hyundai Azera starts at $32,250. Our Venetian Red Pearl tester from Asan, Korea went out the door loaded for $37,225.<br>  <br> (bottom) the new-for-2013 Toyota Avalon priced from $31,000. As tested our Limited model in Sizzling Crimson Mica (a reddish-brown) came in at $42K.  Actually, the Avalon is assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky with lots of parts from Japan.<br>
“Drive…He Said” stuck forks into two 40 oz. Porterhouses when we matched the  2013 Ford Taurus to the 2013 Chrysler 300S . And now, for an Asian take on extra automotive cholesterol at the buffet table, we have two Sumo-sizers from the Far East, the 2013 Hyundai Azera and the 2013 Toyota Avalon. The Taurus... Read more »

2013 Lexus ES350 - Saluting the Sizable Sedate Set - Review

The 2013 Lexus ES350. Decadent luxury, decked-out at $43,600.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, is smart enough to leave well enough alone. Despite the recent trickle of more taught tuning from the LF-A supercar to the LS, GS and IS rear-drivers, there will be no F-sport coming to the front-drive ES full-size luxury sedan. Outselling the brand’s other sedans by a margin of 5 to... Read more »

Two Full-Sized Americans - 2013 Ford Taurus Limited and 2013 Chrysler 300S - Review / Comparo

"Super-Size" us. (top to bottom) the 2013 Ford Taurus Limited AWD and the Chrysler 300S V6. Two full-sized American premium sedans, each priced at $40,000, well contented.
Outside North America and certain Middle Eastern kingdoms, emirates and principalities, anything sized this large wears a luxury nameplate and works in livery service. Decades of piss poor American compact and (have mercy) sub-compact cars combined set their course. A simultaneous explosion in conspicuous tastes and waists cemented their appeal. We are speaking of the... Read more »