Really, It Has Seat Memory? - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Really, It Has Seat Memory?

January 20, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

Our 2014 Kia Forte EX sedan is pretty loaded with features, so much so that I overlooked a few during my drive to Vegas last month. Halfway through the trip, my husband and I realized we hadn't been taking advantage of its seat memory settings for the driver seat.

2014 Kia Forte

Mind you, we're close to the same size, and in cars with an automatic transmission, our respective seating positions are pretty similar. Still, if we owned a Forte EX, we'd certainly use the memory settings.

Apart from that convenience, the Forte's driver seat proved comfortable for a few hours of highway travel, though I'd need to drive the car for 8 or 10 hours before pronouncing the seat worthy of long-haul travel.

My only complaint about this seat is that the outer lateral bolsters are already showing wear with fewer than 12,000 miles on the odometer. You can't really expect leather upholstery in this price range to be of outstanding quality, but clearly, if you get a Forte with leather, regular conditioning will be necessary to keep the upholstery looking respectable.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor


  • velocity_x velocity_x Posts:

    It also has power folding side/rear view door mirrors …….something I find strangely missing on most North American market cars (unless its a so called "luxury/premium/executive" brand), which is standard on virtually all Asia/Pacific/Oceania and many European market cars.

  • darex darex Posts:

    Wear ... or dirt? Those seats are very light. I'd have gone for the black ones.

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