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2014 Kia Cadenza

Large car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Cadenza was introduced in the 2014 model year. The Cadenza and Hyundai Azera share the same basic body platform, but there are some structural and restraint system differences. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 4-door
Weight 3,640 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 112 in.
Length 196 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.3 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1306
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 11
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 12
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1306
Head
HIC-15 138
Peak gs at hard contact 26
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 39
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.4
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.47
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 70
Right 99

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Kia Cadenza was introduced in the 2014 model year. The Cadenza and Hyundai Azera share the same basic body platform, but there are some structural and restraint system differences. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2014 Kia Cadenza Premium 4-door
Weight 3,660 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 112 in.
Length 196 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.3 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1231
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-11.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1231
Head HIC-15 303
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.87
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 153
A-P moment (Nm) 42

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1231
Head HIC-15 204
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 18
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.45
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.17
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 92
A-P moment (Nm) 34

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,626 lbs
Peak force 17,249 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.76
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the Hyundai Azera (tested) and the structurally similar Kia Cadenza.
2012 Hyundai Azera 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 6
Distance below top of head (mm) 2
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.2
Head contact time (ms) 49
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 147

Applies to 2014-16 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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