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    2018 Kia Stinger OVERVIEW

    When it comes to large, luxury sedans that put an emphasis on driving pleasure, German automakers have cracked the code, constantly coming out with new vehicles that lead the sports sedan segment. Kia is trying to flip the segment on its head with the 2018 Stinger, which looks to take the fight to the established few with a sporty powertrain and luxurious features. The Stinger also happens to have an affordable price tag, making it one of the best performance bargains on the road today.

    What's New for 2018

    The Kia Stinger is an all-new model for 2018 that’s based on the GT Concept that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.

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    Choosing your Kia Stinger

    The Stinger has two available engine options for consumers to choose from: a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a twin-turbocharged V6 motor. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The larger 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is more powerful with a rated output of 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

    As a performance vehicle, the Stinger can be fitted with various sporty components, including: Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, dynamic torque vectoring control, electronically controlled suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and high-performance dampers. In addition to the performance parts, Kia tuned the Stinger’s chassis at the infamous Nurburgring in Germany, which is the ideal location for automakers looking to create something truly sporty.

    Unlike some of its competition, the Stinger may look like a sedan, but the vehicle is a hatchback that offers consumers up to 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Thanks to the hatchback body style, the Stinger boasts up to 117.1 cubic feet of total interior space.

    The Stinger is available in five trims:


    The 2.0L trim is the most affordable Stinger model, carrying a price tag of $32,800 (prices include the $900 destination charge). The trim, as its name implies, is powered by the twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Standard exterior features on the 2.0L include: functional side vents, heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, dual chrome exhaust tips, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

    On the inside, the 2.0L is handsomely equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth with voice recognition, a rearview camera, front and rear parking distance warning, drive mode select, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, power windows, dual-zone automatic temperature control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat, an eight-way power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

    Adding all-wheel drive to the 2.0L, like on the rest of the Stinger lineup, costs $2,200, while the only available package is the Kia Drive Wise Package ($2,000) that adds forward collision warning and avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, a driver attention warning system, high beam assist, an electronic parking brake, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.


    Stepping up to the Premium trim costs $38,000 and adds a few extra goodies over the base model. On the outside, the Premium trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels with a machine finish, LED rear turn signals, and dual-lens full LED headlights. The interior has some upgrades as well, including a sunroof with a power sunshade, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, navigation, a Harman Kardon 15-speaker audio system, an electronic parking brake, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and a compass, and memory settings for the driver’s seat. The Kia Drive Wise Package ($2,000) is still available.


    The GT trim, priced from $39,250, is the most affordable way to get into a Stinger powered by the twin-turbocharged V6 engine. In addition to the V6, the GT trim adds some sporty touches, including Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and a variable gear ratio rack. The exterior of the GT trim features a GT front grille, GT hood trim, a GT rear bumper, black chrome exterior accents, and 19-inch wheels. On the inside, the GT trim adds a nine-speaker audio system, a sport steering wheel, aluminum trim, alloy pedals, and aluminum sill scuff plates.


    The GT1 builds on the GT and adds some more performance-oriented parts at a starting price of $44,150. The GT1 adds an electronically controlled suspension system, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a Harman Kardon 15-speaker audio system, and sport gauges.


    The range-topping GT2 trim costs $50,100 and combines all of the available performance and luxury features. Over the GT1 trim, the GT2 has a limited slip differential, a smart power trunk, high beam assist, dynamic low beam assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and all of the safety features from the Kia Drive Wise Package.

    CarsDirect Tip

    While the Stinger is a performance bargain, prices can quickly get out of hand and swell to proper luxury-car territory. Depending on your performance needs, we recommend going with either the Premium or GT trims. While pricey, the all-wheel-drive system gives the Stinger year-round capability and a more confidence-inspiring ride, especially in inclement weather. The Kia Drive Wise Package is also a worthy upgrade as it brings the latest safety features to the vehicle. Regardless of trim, the Stinger should inject some fun into your daily drive.

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