A/C Is Only OK - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

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


  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    um... your picture shows you are not in recirculate (max a/c) mode. there is part of your problem.

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    2014 kia forte owner's manual (canadian) section 4-115: "Operating the air conditioning system in the recirculated air position provides maximum cooling, however, continual operation in this mode may cause the air inside the vehicle to become stale."

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    @ s197gt, they have a valid criticism. Recirculation mode should only be necessary briefly, on a very hot or hot and humid day after the car has been sitting for a while. Any modern car should be able to be comfortably cooled by normal A/C in a few minu

  • dany79 dany79 Posts:

    Hmmm.. my AC works great. But mine does not have the technology package, so it's not the dual zone or digital, just the standard.

  • My girlfriend's Sonata has really strong A/C. It takes a minute for the variable rate compressor to go to 100% output if it's been sitting a while but once there the vent temp is in the 30's on max. I find use of the max recirculate setting on auto temp systems varies by make and programming. My Acura uses recirculate most of the time on hot sunny days and even for a while on hot nights. But I also notice it prefers to use the lowest possible fan setting and max a/c to maintain temperature. My friends GMC Acadia, is the opposite. It only chooses recirc on very hot days and will switch back to fresh air as the interior cools down. But it also blasts the fan on high speed most of the time on those hot days to maintain the set temperature.

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