Driver Selectable Steering Feedback - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Driver Selectable Steering Feedback

July 30, 2013

2013 Kia Forte EX

See that little button on the steering wheel of the 2014 Kia Forte that looks like a steering wheel? You might assume it was the switch to turn on the heated wheel (which it also has), but you'd be wrong. That button changes the feedback of the electric-assist power steering (EPS).

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2013 Kia Forte EX

2013 Kia Forte EX

2013 Kia Forte EX

These three screens cycle with each press of the button and it turns out I'm in favor of Normal. For me, Comfort is too numb, and Sport is artificially too heavy. While the EPS in the Kia is not nearly as good as in our Ford Focus, it's pretty good in the Normal mode.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 3,024 miles


Comments

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    hard to believe there is such a feature on a car in this market segment. Let's call it a mannetino like Ferrari does!

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    holy smokes you guys put over 3K miles on in just one month--other than the road trip, is this one of the staffer favorites???

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    So does it simply adjust "heft", as the actual post seems to describe, or does it change "feedback", as the title implies? They are two completely different things.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Why can't they just have one setting, call it "good" and leave it at that?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Why isn't there just one option, called "good" or "correct" and left at that? Because according to engineers, consumers want to pay for a button that changes the way something feels, so they make pressing the button make things noticeably worse and for some reason, the consumers like that.

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