2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test


2014 Kia Forte: Slick Navigation System

July 26, 2013

 2014 Kia Forte

After spending a few days in our long-term 2014 Kia Forte, I found that the navigation system and its associated functions are very easy to use and nicely designed. Take for instance this notification I got when the fuel was low.

This is not a groundbreaking feature by any means. There are plenty of cars that will show you where a nearby gas station is when you're low on fuel, but the fact that it popped up and offered the option without provocation was a nice touch.

On some systems you have to go in and set up this type of notification manually. In the Forte, it just pops up, and if you don't need it, just hit "no" and it's gone. Simple stuff that makes the navigation system feel like it's worth the trouble.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,921 miles

Comments

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    This seems like yet another instance where switching cars constantly results in skewed opinions. This might seem like a nice idea once, but having it prompt every time? Classic example of poor UI design. Sure, you might have to dig through a menu once to set your preference, but I'd much rather do that in my own car that mash the YES/NO button every time the low fuel light comes on. Perhaps that option is available in the KIA, and if so, good. I don't see how this prompt is in any way the ideal solution though.

  • dby2011 dby2011 Posts:

    You just already confirmed what I anticipated. You have a fit when the Dart lets you know when your tire is 5 pounds low and declare it an over sensitive monitoring system. You also have a fit when the Dart's nav system is lets you know when you are over the speed limit and you can't turn it off but when the Forte splashes a large notice on the screen when you need fuel you think it is the greatest thing ever. If the Dart did that we would have 2 paragraphs on how necessary that is and if Dodge is letting you know too soon. This is either biased journalism of just completely inconsistent, probably both.

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