Power Folding Rearview Mirrors - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Power Folding Rearview Mirrors

September 13, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

After spending three glorious days in our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster last week, I hopped in our Kia Forte last week for a trip to San Diego.

I expected at least some initial shock based on the differences between the two cars, but it just wasn't there. Sure, the Forte is no tire-shredding supercar, but it was comfortable along the highway and (as many of our editors have noted) it feels nicer than its price tag suggests.

Once in San Diego I parked the Forte and locked it via remote. To my surprise, the rearview mirrors folded up all on their own. In the SLS, you have to do this via button control on the driver's-side door. These power folding side mirrors are an option on lower trim levels, but standard on our EX. Nice touch, Kia.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor


Comments

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Seems like unnecessary bling to me.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    This is a real surprise-and-delight feature that's just not available elsewhere in the category. Nice touch. And gslippy, it's easy to say that until you lose a side mirror on a narrow street.

  • might have saved them $1200 in repairs on the Mazdaspeed3 :) http://www.edmunds.com/mazda/mazdaspeed3/2010/long-term-road-test/2010-mazdaspeed-3-thanks-pal.html

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    Not sure about the SLS, but every other Benz with power folding mirrors can be set to auto-fold when locked (and vice versa when unlocked) by changing a setting in COMAND.

  • foxtrot685 foxtrot685 Posts:

    gslippy does not and has not parked on a street with a bus route and a bike lane. This feature is one more city dwellers would LOVE to see at least available on more cars.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Why should the mirrors fold? What is the benefit? I have noticed that the mirrors (unfolded) help sometimes avoid scratches on doors as other cars doors parked close to mine, hit them before they hit the paint on the door panel and save my car another scratch/bump on the door...

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    I guess I don't park on the street but rather on busy, tight parking garages where door scratches is the main concern. How much less does the mirror stick out folded than fully deployed?

  • Electric folding mirrors?! Have we really gotten that bored with motoring that we can get excited about something that is bound to fail us eventually? PLEASE!

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    Everything is bound to fail on a car...eventually. But this feature isn't just convenient parking, it's also great at ATMs and drive-thrus. Sure, you can fold the mirror manually on some cars in such situations, but it's much easier this way.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    Everything is bound to fail on a car...eventually. But this feature isn't just convenient parking, it's also great at ATMs and drive-thrus. Sure, you can fold the mirror manually on some cars in such situations, but it's much easier this way.

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