When shopping for a new car, most of us want a car that not only looks slick, but is safe and gets good gas mileage. The 2014 Kia Forte EX has all of these features!
Safety is most important right? This model features dual front advanced, seat-mounted and full-length side curtain airbags. It is equipped with front and rear 3-point seat belts, front seat-belt pretensioners and height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors. This is an option I love on a vehicle because who enjoys a seat-belt cutting in to their neck? For all the parents out there, The Kia Forte has Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).
Some other fantastic safety features are, 4-wheel disc brakes, 4-wheel Antilock Brakes System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Brake-Assist System (BAS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Front and rear crumple zones, and side-impact door beams.
Now, on to the fun stuff! The model that I test drove had heated rear seats. The kids loved this option. The nice thing is that the controls are in the back! The last thing I need is the kids asking me every 5 minutes to turn it on and off. Yes, the front seats were heated for the driver and passenger as well! Since it is early March, and incredibly cold, the heated steering wheel was one of my all time favorite options.
Some quick interior goodies are leather seats with cloth trim, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with adjustable rear headrests, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two memory presets, Center console with armrest and storage area, Rear-seat center armrest, Front door map pockets with bottle holder, Leather-wrapped steering wheel/gearshift knob, Soft touch dash, Sliding arm rest, AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM™ audio system, Six speakers with door-mounted tweeters, USB/auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth® wireless technology, Navigation with HD Radio technology and Rear-camera display.
The back up camera is a feature loved by many. I personally never look at it. There was an ongoing joke about this feature. Every time I backed up, someone in the car would say, “Watch out for that Zebra.” By day 4, I didn’t find it funny anymore but they sure did!