2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test


2014 Kia Forte: Flex Steer

December 24, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

It's pretty cool that the 2014 Kia Forte EX has adjustable steering effort, called Flex Steer. Especially considering the segment and price-point this car falls into.

There are three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport, and you can adjust them by pressing that button with the little steering wheel on it just above the cruise control.

2014 Kia Forte

While I like the feature, sometimes the Sport setting feels wonky, particularly at low speeds. It's okay on-center, but as soon as you start to turn, and even more so when you turn back, there's a disconnected, artificial feeling, like the system isn't completely sure how much assist to be giving.

So while I preferred the Sport setting during slalom testing of this car, for all other driving I prefer the more consistent effort of the Normal mode, even if it's a lighter effort.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor@ 10,132 miles

Comments

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    Gimmicky. Instead of 3 flavors of numb, I'd rather Kia have spent the resources to produce a single decent setting.

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