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2014 Kia Forte: A/C Is Only OK

May 30, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

Despite my choice to live in Southern California for the past 14 years, I dislike hot weather very much. I love air conditioning, especially when driving. I like to shut out the noisy world and drive in temperature-controlled splendor. But the A/C in our 2014 Kia Forte is only OK.

No matter what temperature I set with the rotary dial, the air only feels slightly cool, not cold. I had to double-check that the A/C button was actually on.

The A/C in the Forte will eventually cool the car, but it takes a while. I had to drive with it blasting for at least a half hour before I felt comfortable enough to back it off. And the front vents are not in a good position. I've complained about this before in Kias and Hyundais. The vents are placed so that they blow right onto your hands as you hold the steering wheel, which blocks cool air from reaching the rest of you.

You'd think both companies would have corrected this by now. I mean, don't they read this blog? ;)

Ed mentioned before that our Forte has vents for the rear passengers, which is a bonus in this price category.

But it's time to pay more attention to the driver.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 17,243 miles

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