Folding Rear Seats - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

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


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    The pass through width is key and it looks like Kia did a nice job maximizing it. This looks wider than the pass through on the TSX Wagon you had in the fleet.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Having release levers in the trunk only makes sense if they cause the seat to fully collapse by themselves. Otherwise I'd rather they save space in the trunk and just put them on the seat backs.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    The theory is, if the inside trunk release can be locked or disabled or doesn't exist, putting the seat release in the trunk isolates the trunk from the passenger compartment if the car is broken into through a window. In practice it doesn't seem a big advantage, but more sedans seem to be going this route so maybe there's a cost advantage as well. Some companies used to put a keylock on each interior seat back release, but that's definitely higher cost, still not that secure, and lots of cars are doing away with keys anyway. Yeah, Honda passthroughs are narrower on their cars with IRS because of the suspension design. Worse, on coupes and sedans they use a one-piece seatback just like the 1970s. With a beam axle like the Fit or Forte, or something like the control blade used by Ford, Mazda, et al. it can be wider.

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