2014 Kia Forte: Adults in the Backseat
January 3, 2014
Under the original plan, my family members were all going to rent cars during our holiday rendezvous in Las Vegas. So when I picked out our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX for my road trip, I never envisioned more than two adults riding in it.
However, for most of our travels around Vegas (including this day trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area), there were four or even five adults inside the compact Kia. It was cozy, but for the most part, the Forte was up to the challenge.
Ordinarily, when I'm driving our Kia Forte, I don't use all the seat-track travel, which is pretty good since I'm 5-feet-10-inches tall with a 34-inch inseam. However, the shortest member of the Red Rock Canyon hiking party was 5-feet-9 and most were over 6 feet. My 6'-4" brother rode shotgun out of necessity, so I scooted the driver seat up to make room for my stepfather to ride behind me.
My knees were bent more than I'd prefer for optimal comfort, but it was still a safe driving position and it opened up adequate legroom for everyone in back. Later in the trip, my husband took the wheel and I sat in the backseat with my parents for the drive to dinner. It was snug, but there was enough shoulder room and hiproom that we weren't pressed up against each other.
During a subsequent drive to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the racetrack's drive-through holiday lights display (which is really well done by the way and worth the $20 admission), I noticed a slight decline in the Forte's performance when accelerating up to speed on Interstate 15, but with 800 pounds of us on board, that's pretty understandable.
Bottom line, if you need to haul four or even five adults in a 2014 Kia Forte, it's doable, at least for drives of 30 minutes or less.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 11,228 miles