2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Perforated Leather Not for Kids

February 14, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX

Maybe the only downside to perforated pleather rear seats: crumbs from the kids. Our 2014 Kia Forte's rear seats offer heating elements, hence the holes. Heated rear seats are a pretty upscale feature for an economy compact, but this shouldn't surprise. Kia excels on the features-for-price ledger, and now does it with style and satisfaction.

But the perforations, lux as they feel, still catch crumbs and crud. Nothing a can of compressed air and a shop towel with a spray of protectant can't erase, though. And unless we're talking about a pristine Buick Grand National, don't get sanctimonious on me about kids eating in the car.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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By schen72
on 02/14/14
6:37 PM PST

Perforated seats are not a requirement for the heating elements. My 1999 TL has heated seats and non-perforated leather.

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By fordson1
on 02/14/14
6:25 PM PST

Compressed air - ? I think I'd rather suck the crumbs out of the holes with a vacuum instead of blowing them inside of the seat cushions. Eww... Of course, as someone who lets kids eat in the car, you probably don't see why that would be an issue. JK...mostly.

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