Luxury Car-Like Feature Compendium - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Luxury Car-Like Feature Compendium

September 25, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

We've already had a variety of previous updates noting that our 2014 Kia Forte EX came loaded with features, many of them unexpected for this class of car. I've collected those updates here so that you can see them in one place. I've also added a few more features that I've noticed.

Xenon headlights and dual zone automatic climate control

Power folding mirrors

Chilled glove box

Heated rear seat and rear air vents

Ventilated driver seat

Driver selectable steering effort

Some other, less noticeable premium features our Forte has: dual auto-up/down front windows; keyless ignition/entry; exterior access lighting (door handles automatically illuminate as you approach the car); LED taillights; full interior control illumination (even including the USB/iPod and auxiliary ports); audio system voice commands (the Uvo system).

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,347 miles


  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    There are also a few things that got left out to hit the price point, like IRS. Probably a sensible tradeoff for this car's buyers, but when you load it up to the mid-20s I start looking at cars that started from a better platform even if they lack some of the frills--some of which I would pass on anyway. I do plan to test-drive an SX 5-door when it finally arrives, though.

  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    It's like dressing up a pig to go to the prom. I rather date the really attractive chick without makeup and dressed plainly because the overall ride and handling would be better.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    that's a lot of content for a common compact car; safety, comfort, and convenience. None of my current cars have any of those features. The next new car is going to be an eye-opener (and wallet opener).

  • It depends on what you want out of the car. To use yellowbal's example for prom do you pick the girl with all the makeup and jewelry that is great at slow dancing or the plainly dressed girl that is a professional line dancer. It depends on your priorities. And just like prom dates, bigger isn't always better. Sometimes its nice to have everything in an easy to maneuver size (the car I mean)

  • shepski shepski Posts:

    Nice. Too bad, however, that - as usual in the U.S. - you get saddled with an automatic to get all the premium crap.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I'd like to know how many people can actually tell the difference between a dead axle in a FWD car of this size and weight and one that use IRS. I'll bet not many, and many of you who frequent this forum would also be none the wiser. Not just to be contrary, but a well setup dead axle will still trump an IRS back end with iffy damper rates. JMHO.

  • Nice features, but that's a lot of money for a compact car and you expect some features. At 25 grand most buyers will be looking at a midsize cars instead. For example the Chrysler 200 is outselling the Dodge Dart right now even though the Dart is arguably a better and more modern car.

  • tempesting_ tempesting_ Posts:

    Folding mirrors are abundant in Korea. Parking sucks hell. The car culture in Korea isn't what Americans think. It explains why they are more focused on comforts and conveniences not athleticism.

  • megatechpc_ megatechpc_ Posts:

    Yeah I have to roll my eyes at the lack of IRS statement earlier. This is a ~$20k sub compact. Nobody is going to be taking this car to a track anyway and an IRS isn't going to do much to ruin the handling in daily traffic jams on the interstate. I for one would rather have the heated/cooled seats and HID headlights than an IRS in a car of this price...

  • darex darex Posts:

    @Shepski Great news for you (and me): The 5-door will have a manual transmission available in the top-trim level (SX). All is not lost! LOL

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