Not Needed But Nice - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Not Needed But Nice

August 26, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

Much like the contrasting stitching I noted before, our Forte has another notable design detail that's hard to miss. The section you see above is just above the glove box. In most cars, it's dead space. No design needed, just make it look smooth and non-reflective.

In our Forte, the interior designers made a concerted effort to add some visual excitement. Nothing crazy, just a few ripples to break up the monotony.

Some have called it "gimmicky," but I'm fine with it. It shows effort and a willingness to try something different in an area that doesn't really require it. Cars in this class could use more of this kind of thinking.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 4,123 miles

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