2014 Kia Forte: Three Things I Like
July 17, 2013
I drove our long-term 2014 Kia Forte this weekend. Our test model is a fully-loaded EX with pretty much every option except mudguards and a rear spoiler. There's a lot to like about this car, but I've narrowed it down to three.
1. Xenon HID Lights
It is rare to find HID lights in a compact-class sedan. You can't get them on a Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus (unless you get the more expensive Focus ST or EV), or VW Jetta. The Mazda 3 is the only other car I can think of that offers them in this price range.
The Kia Forte's HID lights are part of the "EX Technology" package, a $2,300 option that also includes navigation, HD radio, dual-zone climate control with rear vents and LED tail lights. It's a pricey package, but these are all options I'd want on a car I was buying.
2. Forward Visibility
It's been a while since I paid a compliment to the visibility on a modern car. It's hard to convey it in a photo, but the Forte's dash doesn't come up too high and offers a wide view of the road. The porthole windows on the A-pillar, while not too useful for locating objects, does add to the airiness of the cabin.
3. Large Sunglass Storage
I don't have those big '70s-style sunglasses that seem to be in vogue today, but my Oakleys don't fit inside the storage compartment in my own car, which is too bad. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that they fit in the Forte's case. Sure, there are other places to put sunglasses in a car, but if your vehicle has a built-in compartment, why not use it?
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 2,623 miles