2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Folding Rear Seats

July 9, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

It's super handy that our 2014 Kia Forte EX long-termer has split/folding rear seats.

And even though the seats don't form a perfectly flat (not even close) load floor, you can still pretty easily fit a road bicycle or a 29er mountain bike in the back, thanks to the generous trunk pass-through.

There'd be even more space in that pass-through if not for the seat-dropping mechanisms, which hang down a bit.

Speaking of those seat-droppers, they could be done better. Or maybe just go with the old seat-drop button/lever on the top of the seat accessed via the cabin.

The way Kia has it here, you have to pull the mechanism while reaching into the trunk to push the seat forward, because it usually won't completely release by just pulling the lever.


Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 1,547 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$184 per month*
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