One other two sedans chunk the mud because the market-wide transfer to SUVs continues to chop down the remaining four-door holdouts. Add the Kia Okay900 and Cadenza to the record: Each are useless for 2021, as initially reported by Automobile and Driver.
That mentioned, the shift towards SUVs is not new, and the K900—an S-Class-sized cut price luxurious sedan—was already basically a footnote in annual gross sales figures. The Okay900 had a steep hill to climb in a phase the place model status is a big a part of the promoting proposition, though anybody in a position to ignore such concerns discovered a superb luxurious automotive for tens of hundreds lower than its German competitors.
The newest mannequin’s twin-turbo V-6 proved a greater powerplant than the earlier model’s V-8, and Kia made the journey and dealing with extra refined. Slathered in high quality leather-based and open-pore wooden, it seemed the half inside, too. Good offers can be out there on remaining stock, we’re certain, so if you happen to’ve been on the fence relating to the Okay900, now is perhaps the time to hop off.
Whereas the Okay900 mixed competence, luxurious, and worth, the Cadenza was very a lot a one-dimensional machine. Consolation was its sole mission, and one on which it positively delivered. As regards gasoline financial system, dynamics, or finesse, the Cadenza was much less interesting. As we acknowledged within the 2017 Car of the Year competition, it felt just like the bogey was the old-school Buick LaCrosse when it ought to have been the superb trendy Toyota Avalon. With higher selections on this phase, fewer will miss the Cadenza, but it surely’s yet one more four-door possibility now unavailable to patrons.
Kia tells us that shifting buyer demand led to the change, which isn’t surprising. There stays a wholesome curiosity at Kia in sedans, at the least in higher-volume market segments. The all-new K5 sedan, which changed the Optima, offers the Honda Accord an actual run for its cash. And the Kia Stinger—a liftback sedan, however a sedan nonetheless—simply dodged the reaper, which is nice information for drivers. However for the Okay900 and the Cadenza, it is the tip of the street.