2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Passengers Pluses and Minuses

November 25, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

I spent some time in the passenger seat of the 2014 Kia Forte this weekend. It's a nice place to be, in many respects.

First and foremost, Kia allows passengers to set destinations and otherwise use the navigation system while the car is in motion, at speed. Hooray for common sense. It's a minor but understandable inconvenience that the screen is canted slightly toward the driver. Most passengers won't mind that.

2014 Kia Forte

A perplexing minus is that while passengers get heated seats, they don't get cooled seats as Donna mentioned here. Do passenger buns not bake in July?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 8,527 miles


  • evodad evodad Posts:

    The Forte is a cheap commuter vehicle. Most commuters ride solo. I look at this as no different than the plethora of cars that have power driver seats and manual passenger seats. If I was in the market for such a car, I'd be thrilled that cooled seats are available for the driver and probably wouldn't care about the passenger side.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Maybe Kia wants passengers to go and buy their own Forte so they can have a cooled seat as a driver/owner.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Why would you really need cooled seats? As long as it is a cloth seat or maybe (big maybe in my experience) a leather seat its not like the seat will burn you after being left in the sun for a few hours. If it was a cheap vinyl seat I can understand why you would want a cooled seat since it can mildly burn skin when heated. Or you can wear long pants all year long and need nothing special at all just a seat.

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