The 2017 Kia Cadenza : The Perfect Gentleman’s Vehicle

2017 Cadenza SXL

Some cars just evoke a distinct personality. By addressing the 2017 Kia Cadenza as a “gentleman’s vehicle” I am not in any way suggesting that women drivers should look elsewhere. Perhaps, quite the contrary. I simply believe that many attributes comprising a remarkable gentleman are qualities often found in the ideal car as well. Think reliability, resilience, responsiveness, strength, confidence paired with approachability, sophistication, and impeccable style. Generations past and present may disagree on lots of things but almost all agree on certain marks of a perfect gentleman from any era. They are the ones that evoke an atmosphere of elegance yet makes sure everyone feels at ease.  After spending hours driving the winding, tree-lined roads of Virginia last month in the 2017 Kia Cadenza, I am confident claiming that this vehicle does exactly that.

Alice Chase with the 2017 Kia Cadenza

Just like the shoes and accessories we wear, the cars we drive can say a lot about us. It can hint at a level of taste and be somewhat an extension of our lifestyle and image. Before we dive deep into the specifics that the Cadenza projects, it’s important to take note that the quality Kia presents is authentic. Earlier this year J.D. Power ranked Kia Motors #1 in initial quality, taking the top spot above Porsche. It’s one thing for  a manufacturer to tout of their greatness but when it’s validated by the most reliable source of the industry, you simply can’t argue.


Kia selected the perfect setting for us to enjoy, the beautiful Salamander Resort and spa in Middleburg,Virginia.  From the very first moment on property it was clear that the bar had been raised with this redesign. We would also get to experience some of the rich history of the local landscape told by those who were most familiar with it : Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Don’t believe me… see for yourself. They were excellent dinner companions.




The next morning was our official drive day. One of the most special moments for me was having the opportunity to hear from the one of the designers personally during the morning product briefing.  Having that type of opportunity is similar to having an artist explain the inspiration behind their painting or sculpture. I have a lot of respect for both the creative process and the steep competition that precedes production.

 Kia Cadenza product briefing

“Every great design begins with an even better story”

Our presentation opened with the quote “Every great design begins with an even better story”. This simple statement during that day’s presentation shifted the way I look at every vehicle now. Have you ever wondered “Who designed the tail lights?” “What story inspired that stitching?” Once you’ve put a face to the design you can’t help but want to know more of the story. If you are like me, you want to know literally everything. Here are a few elements of the redesigned 2017 Kia Cadenza storyline that captured our attention and provided a luxurious, relaxing drive day.

2017 Kia Cadenza 

The drive route was truly memorable. With this being my first time in the area, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The landscape was stunning and the roads were so fun to drive. We followed a historic drive route along tree-lined winding hills and along our drive we were able to stop for some incredible pictures of the landscape and even quick photo shoot that I’ll write more about in a future post.



Interested in having a luxury experience with this car for yourself? The 2017 Kia Cadenza is not only something to aspire to it is set at a price that makes it obtainable as well. The official price point will roll out when the vehicle is available sometime this fall, starting under $32, 000. It has been said that “Virginia is for Lovers” but I’d venture to say that you’ll fall in love with the 2017 Kia Cadenza wherever it may take you.


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