2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test


2014 Kia Forte: Can't Hear the Nav Directions

August 13, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

I may be blind, but I'm not deaf. At least that's what I thought until I found myself struggling to hear the verbal directions while using our 2014 Kia Forte's navigation system.

Starting the system in a quiet parking garage, I had no trouble hearing that the destination directions had begun. But once I hit the freeway, I couldn't get the volume loud enough. I tried turning up the volume knob while the "woman" was talking to me, but it didn't seem to make a difference over the road noise. I then found a volume adjustment on the touchscreen, but after giving it a few taps, it appeared that the volume was already on max.

Once we got off the freeway, it was easier to hear on surface streets, but it was never ideal.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 3,192 miles

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    On most California highways you cannot hear yourself think. Seriously though, that does seem to be a major fail on their part.

  • so, a lot of road noise makes it in?

  • Kelly- You are NOT alone. I think there is something wrong with the stereo in the new Fortes. Not only the navigation, but the UVO ones at least. Mine does not get loud in ANY mode other than the AM/FM radio. That is the ONLY mode my stereo sounds decent/normal in. I am not deaf either. Other new owners are complaining about this on forums as well. It stinks that the car has such a nice stereo let down by poor sound output. I am hoping this a fluke that Kia will correct..... SOONER than later. The Hyundai Elantra (the Forte's sister car) has the same radio output (172 watts) but sounds worlds better.

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