Bright Seat Cooler Lights - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Bright Seat Cooler Lights

July 8, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

I did the initial instrumented testing on our latest long-termer, the 2014 Kia Forte EX. Nice car.

It was exceptionally hot out in Fontana the day we were running the numbers, so I was thankful for the Forte EX's front seat coolers.

But later on I noticed something that hadn't stuck out in the bright California sunshine.

Those blue seat cooler lights are surprisingly bright at night, to the point that I noticed they were bright. Still, it might be something I'd get used to. Plus, when you think about it, most of the time we won't be using the air conditioned seat feature at night anyway, since it's generally cooler.

It did get me thinking about interior lights though. I recently drove the 2014 Maserati Ghibli, and some of its center console button lights were impossible to see during the day. But the Maser folks told us they are totally visible when it's dark.

Whereas these Kia seat cooler lights are easily noticeable during the day, but possibly too bright for some at night.

Maybe I should drive to Vegas for the weekend. It'll surely be hot enough there that I'll want those seat coolers on at night. That way I can do a proper test.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 1,371 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    It actually seems perfect that they would calibrate the brightness level to match the conditions when seat coolers are most likely to be used. Have you checked how bright the seat heater lights are?

  • tempesting_ tempesting_ Posts:

    You can dim the lights... look below the driver side air vent..

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Most folk run with the IP lights way too bright IMHO. Then there are the manufacturers who cannot get the balance right. Nissan royally fouled up the lighting in the Xterra. You have to put up with sunburn from the IP to get the radio bright enough.

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