2014 Kia Forte: Flex Steer
December 24, 2013
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.
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