DRLs and LED Brows - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: DRLs and LED Brows

July 22, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

I'm a fan of daytime running lights (DRLs). They make it easier for me to spot cars at a glance in the rear-view mirror and on the road. In Canada, all cars are required to have DRLs. In the U.S., it is optional. Kia opted not to include DRLs on the 2014 Forte. But this could be a quick fix, if Kia wanted to add them.

See that LED brow on the Forte's headlight? Use that. This strip of lights is pretty common on new cars nowadays, and while many editors in the office seem to have "LED brow" fatigue, most agree that the lights are functional. But the Forte's LED brow only comes on when the lights are in parking mode or the headlights are on.

I wasn't able to find a way to switch on DRLs in the Forte's settings menu. The owner's manual, likely written to cover the U.S. and Canadian versions of the car, shows that the car is capable of having DRLs. But ours didn't come that way.

What are your thoughts on DRLs and LED brows?

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,625 miles

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