2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Rearview Cam Replaces the Tennis Ball

March 14, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

Old habits die hard. While living and driving in Japan, you quickly learn to back into spaces. It's not part of traffic law, but it's socially expected behavior in parking lots and garages. I haven't driven regularly in Japan since rearview cameras have proliferated, but I can only imagine they're a welcome tool.

They certainly come in handy for tandem parking in the Edmunds garage. Although it dulls the game of chance that comes from parking nose-to-tail and effectively replaces the dangling tennis ball that is a fixture of American garages, the rearview cam allows you to maximize inches of space in a crowded lot. Though generally skeptical of most rearview cam guidelines, I like that the Forte's are a familiar color wheel of "Proceed," "Caution," and "Don't Be an Idiot, Idiot."

The rearview cam comes standard on our EX model, which starts at $20,300.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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