2014 Kia Forte: Tall People May Have Trouble
March 18, 2014
At 6'4", I realize I am slightly taller than the average American male (5'9", according to the Centers for Disease Control, in case you were wondering). My height has been known to cause me discomfort in certain automobiles, especially in compact cars. Such is the case in our long-term 2014 Kia Forte.
My ideal seating position is with the seat bottom angled as much as possible for maximum thigh support combined with a more or less upright seatback. This usually involves slamming the seat bottom to the floor. The Forte, however, doesn't allow vertical travel to the extent I'd like, leaving my hair brushing the ceiling. The choice is either deal with the annoyance or recline the seat past the point I find comfortable.
Our Forte came equipped with a sunroof, an option that typically reduces headroom for front seat occupants. There are other cars in this segment, such as our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 S hatchback, that offer my ideal seating position and a sunroof. I measured headroom in both cars. The Forte did come up shorter, 36 inches from seat-bottom to the roof, against Mazda's 37.25 inches. Not a huge difference, until you get behind the wheel. And when trying to find the perfect position in your new car, don't compromise if you don't have to.
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 14,656 miles