LED Taillights? Yes, Please - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 2014 Kia Forte EX: LED Taillights? Yes, Please

January 10, 2014

2014 2014 Kia Forte EX

Hiring away designer Peter Schreyer from Audi is one of the best decisions ever made at Kia. His presence at the company over the last six years has resulted in dramatically better looking cars that usually manage not to hit you over the head with overdone styling flourishes.

Our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX sedan is an example of this new wave of Kias, and these LED taillights are one of my favorite design details.

2014 2014 Kia Forte EX

They're actually optional. You've got to pay for the $2,300 Technology package if you want them, but that's also your ticket to xenon headlights, so if you're like me, you're already getting that package anyway.

In addition to the energy efficiency argument you can make for LEDs, this is one of the most distinctive sets of taillights available on any sedan under $30,000. You see these lights at night and you instantly know you're looking at a Forte, or at least some new cool Kia.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 11,462 miles


  • csubowtie csubowtie Posts:

    They do look nice, and I wholeheartedly embrace the idea of using LED's for there longevity, efficiency, and ability to make cool designs. However, I would appreciate it if I didn't go blind every time the car in front of me touches the brakes at night.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    I disagree that the Forte's (or any Kia's) LED taillights are particularly distinctive. They look very similar to those on the Ford Fusion and any number of Audis. They are very well done, I agree, but not instantly recognizable.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    Wow, they look nice. I guess my only question is, what's the cost to replace them when they burn out? Bet its not cheap...

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    LED tailights absolutely suck for anyone sitting behind them at a stoplight. I hate them. I hate them enough that I want to hop out with a tire iron and "turn them off" before the light turns green. And while the design does look nice for a compact car, but mercedesfan is right: they weren't the first or only to come up with the basic pattern.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I don't really find the glare from LED taillights to really bug me. In parts of the country with actual weather, they are actually a boon as they are incredibly easy to see through dense rain, snow, and fog. At least, when drivers remember to turn their lights on.

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