The tag line Respect the Tech, doesn't even scratch the surface. I've never driven a vehicle with this much technology. I felt like I was driving a computer. The 2014 Kia Forte EX is one of my new favorite cars. Now if they could just cram all that technology into a hybrid SUV I'd be sold. This car is loaded with technology.
Here are some of my favorite features:
- Puddle Lights
- Illuminated Door Handle Pockets
- FlexSteer™ Driver-Selectable Steering Assist
- UVO eServices
- Supervision Meter Cluster with 4.2″ TFT LCD Display
- Ventilated Driver's Seat
You've seen some cars with heated seats but you don't know luxury until you have air blowing on your dairy aire. Especially in the south during summer with black leather seats! You can heat the seats or cool the seats for your comfort. I used this feature a lot during my test drive.
When I say this car is like a computer, what I mean is there are options you can customize to your driving preference. One option I liked was a simple safety feature. When your interstate driving and switching lanes you don't generally turn your blinker all the way on. You give it a little flick and it blinks once and you merge. Well you can set the car to blink 6 times regardless of your little one click. Making it safe when you merge in case someone didn't notice your one click. How smart! You can program the seats for two different drivers heights and settings. It will move to your preferred location with a simple touch of a button. There are also 3 different steering settings to choose from. If you like a loose or tight turn you can change it!
In the instrument panel you'll find the 4.2 LCD display. This things is great. You can do all your user settings on this screen as well as the basic trip odometers. But what I don't the most handy about this display was during navigation. It displayed an arrow showing you the next turn and how far away it was. So you aren't looking away to the center console all the time. The steering column also had tons of buttons as well. You can control the radio, FlexSteer™, cruise control, voice activated UVO eServices as well as the answer phone option.
But my all time favorite thing about the 2014 Kia Forte were all the lights. When you approach the car late at night the smart key triggers the side mirrors to pop out and illuminate the path. These are the Puddle Lights. There are also tiny LED lights in the handle of the door so that you can see it. It was a sight to see in the dark parking garage. I'm always fumbling to find my keys when I get to my car. This smart key / light combination is perfect. You don't even need to find the key. You can keep it in your purse or pocket and never take it out. It has the button on the handle to unlock it. So clever. You can see the side mirrors in action in my video below. I wish I had taken a video with it in the dark but the camera had trouble focusing.