Front Door Reflectors - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Front Door Reflectors

November 12, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

When I opened the doors on our 2014 Kia Forte, I noticed something unique: reflectors. Sure, I've got them on the wheels of my bicycle, but I couldn't recall seeing this feature on the inside of many car doors.

I went down to the Edmunds.com parking garage to investigate a half-dozen of our long-term cars and sure enough, only a couple of them shared this safety feature. It's just a small piece of trim, but details like this put the Forte among my favorite compact sedans.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 7,850 miles


Comments

  • adamb1 adamb1 Posts:

    My Focus SEL uses LED lighting that changes to red in the door handle when opened.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    For curiosity's sake, what other cars had this feature? I would just look through myself, but I don't have the time right now.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I thought it was a standard safety item--wouldn't have noticed them unless they jumped out and bit me any more than a middle brake light. I found them on all my (average) cars from 2000 onward, some with lights in them.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    The use of a reflector instead of a puddle lamp actually seems more like a cost-cutting measure than a feature.

  • roiscuba roiscuba Posts:

    My wife's '99 Pontiac Grand Am has reflectors in the door like that.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    They all have reflectors or lights. So how is this "unique"?

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Just wondering why is this a big deal? I can understand in a urban situation it can be useful but checking your mirror before opening the door and only opening it the bare minimum to get out should be standard procedure for people living in such conditions.----------- Of course I wouldn't be surprised that doing that much is too much for a lot of people. WALL OF TEXT MUST BE TERMINATED!

  • tlangness tlangness Posts:

    @fordson1 - No, they don't. I had two handfuls of keys to long-term cars and cars we had in for testing at the time, and less than half the cars I checked had this feature. @hybris - It's not a big deal. It's a small thing, added to many other small thing

  • I remember when courtesy lights in the doors were common. My Mom's Oldsmobile in the 90's had clear lights in the door under the armrest that lit the ground when the door was opened and a separate red light on the back of the armrest as a warning to other cars that the door is open. Even Ford and Chevy pickup trucks used to have this feature. I think that even the current Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata have lights in the front doors.

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