2014 Kia Forte EX: I'll Take Xenon Headlights at Any Price
January 9, 2014
Xenon headlights are one of my few must-haves on any car. The reason is simple: I like seeing things. Good headlights facilitate seeing things at night and make road trips a lot more enjoyable.
Problem is manufacturers tend to bury them in the upper trim levels and/or expensive option packages. On our 2014 Kia Forte EX sedan, they're part of the $2,300 Technology package.
That's a big chunk of change, but with the Forte EX's relatively low starting price, you can add that package without things getting out of hand. Our long-termer has both the Technology and Premium packages and ends up at a $25,735 MSRP, which is not an insignificant amount, but it's reasonable, I feel, for what you're getting.
As for the headlights themselves, they're not remarkable for xenons nor are they adaptive (they don't swivel when you turn the steering wheel), but they throw nice, bright, consistent beams of light on the road. And that's really all I want for nighttime driving on the highway.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 11,277 miles