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

Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    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.

  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

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

  • "Hence the holes." Try again, Frio.

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    I'd be interested to see how the "leather" seats are described by KIA, since it appears to me the actual seating surface is faux leather and the bolster area is real leather. Which is the opposite of a lot "leather seating surfaces" description many manufacturers provide.

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    Wow Edmunds...no updates since Sunday? F for Effort?

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    The company seems to be going south...

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    "Going.." I still can't fathom what the purpose of the homepage is. Am I supposed to open it and say" I feel like researching, oh I don't know, coupes today?" then click on it to see if there is anything new? And I assure you there won't be anything new.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    Indeed, the Forte's having perforated leather isn't related to the rear seat's heating elements. It's due to the driver's seat being ventilated. Sure, Kia could have used different stuff on the other seats, but that would look rather odd.

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