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

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Kia Forte in VA is:

$184 per month*
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