2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test


2014 Kia Forte: Two Discrepancies

August 23, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

Can you notice two discrepancies in this photo of our long-term 2014 Kia Forte?

1) The speed limit sign on the street doesn't match the speed limit shown on the Kia Forte's nav screen.

Most of the time (I would say about 95% of the time) this feature displays the correct speed limit. And it adjusts quickly as the limits change while you are driving. This section of Olympic Boulevard near our office used to have a posted limit of 45 mph. But I've noticed several roads in this area now have lowered speed limits. I suspect the town is trying to get more money in speeding tickets, but I might just be paranoid.

Our Cadillac also has this feature in its heads-up display. And I noticed it displayed a speed limit of 40 mph on Ocean Boulevard while a brand new blinking-light street sign said 35.

2) The time on the nav does not match the time on the display above it. Oh well.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 4,107 miles

Comments

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    The dash clock is set manually, isn't it? If so, it will likely drift away from the satellite-derived time on the nav. I wouldn't expect nav speed limits to be omnicient. Posted limits rule.

  • how is the nav software updated and how much does it cost? The speed limit will show wrong until the software gets updated.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I'm shocked, *shocked!* that west LA would arbitrarily lower speed limits to collect more revenue.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @stovt001: So glad I was not drinking coffee when i read your comment. There are a couple of roads here where the speed limit goes up and down for no good reason causing bafflement and fines.

  • tempesting_ tempesting_ Posts:

    They probably get more money via the parking nazzis, from your neighbor.

  • f01eric f01eric Posts:

    This is why I'm against car manufacturers using static databases for info like this, it could really get someone in trouble. BMW's system uses a camera to search for speed limit signs as you pass them and then display the data on your screen, a much better way of doing things it seems.

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