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2019 Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $32,990
2019 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $35,190
2019 Premium 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $39,190
2019 GT 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $39,300
2019 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $41,390
2019 GT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $41,500
2019 GTS 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $44,000
2019 GT1 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $45,300
2019 GTS 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,400
2019 GT1 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,500
2019 GT2 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,200
2019 GT2 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $52,400

Overview

Kia is one of the biggest surprises in the automotive world. Not that long ago, they were a essentially considered a step up from a bicycle, with the only real benefit being their very long warranty. Fast forward to today, and they're selling a rear- or all-wheel-drive sport sedan meant to compete with the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 4-Series, but at a price that's thousands of dollars less. The 2019 Kia Stinger is a car that can take down these Teutonic titans, and it still gets that famous 100,000-mile warranty.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, the Stinger now gets 18-inch machined wheels and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as a standard features. Premium and GT1 models now have a standard full suite of driver assistance features, wireless charging, and ventilated seats. Rear-wheel-drive GT models now get a mechanical limited slip differential, and the GT2 models get a surround-view camera and heated rear seats.

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Choosing your Kia Stinger

The Stinger is available with two engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The four-cylinder puts out 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 makes a respectable 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, four-cylinder Stingers are rated by the EPA at 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined, while V6 models get 19/25/21 mpg (city/highway/combined). Power is routed to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is a $2,200 option on every trim.

All Stingers come from the factory equipped with leather seats, keyless entry with push button start, heated front seats, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Stinger also has a surprising amount of cargo space, owing to its rear hatch (yes, the Stinger is actually a hatchback). Best of all, you get a chassis that was developed at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, a place which has become known as the ideal testing ground for anything sporty due to it's 14.2-mile length, 160 corners, rapid elevation changes, and long straights.

The Kia Stinger is available in five trims:

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Base

The base 2.0L Stinger starts at $33,895 (all prices include the $995 destination fee), and it comes very well equipped. As previously mentioned, at this trim level you get real leather, heated seats, phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control, 12-way adjustable power seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. For a comparison, the rival BMW 430i Gran Coupe has a starting price that's $12,000 higher, but in the BMW real leather remains a $1,450 option. Interior trim colors are either black or light grey, and vary based on external paint color. The only option package available is the $3,000 Sun and Sound Package, which adds a sunroof, LED headlights, a bigger eight-inch infotainment screen with navigation and satellite radio, and a 15-speaker Harmon Kardon premium audio system.

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Premium

The Premium takes a fairly large leap in price to $40,095. This trim builds upon the base model and includes all of the features from the Sun and Sound Package as standard equipment along with ventilated seats. Additionally, the Premium model gets a standard suite of driver assistance features that includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane change assist, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, and driver attention warning. At this trim, there are no packages available.

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GT

The Kia Stinger GT is the first model equipped with the 3.3-liter twin turbocharged V6. It also starts at $40,095, but it takes a step back feature-wise compared to the Premium. However, the GT isn't spartan by any means, as it still gets LED headlights, 19-inch wheels with extra sticky Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Brembo brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential for rear-wheel-drive models, and a nine-speaker audio system. The GT also replaces the light grey leather option with a sporty looking red. No packages are available.

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GT2

The GT2 sits at the top of the Stinger pyramid, with a price of $50,985. At this price, the Stinger gets everything, including high-quality Nappa leather seats, a head-up display, a 16-way adjustable driver's seat, heated rear seats, a hands-free trunk, adaptive headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Like almost every other trim, there's no additional packages or options to get bogged down in.

CarsDirect Tip

The best value of the 2019 Kia Stinger lineup is unquestionably the GT trim. The performance offered is on par with the Audi S5 Sportback and BMW 440i Gran Coupe, but you'll be paying almost $15,000 less with no appreciable hit to content. It's a great car, and an even greater value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2019 Kia Stinger is a fantastic car at a fantastic price. Aiming to take on lofty rivals like the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi S5 Sportback, the Stinger offers both performance and luxury without the premium that comes with a typical luxury car badge. While nobody was asking Kia to build a sport sedan, it can certainly be said that nobody's complaining at this point either.

Best Value

If you're going to get a Stinger, it's best to get a GT model with the 365-horsepower, 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and other performance features like Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and a mechanical rear differential for rear-wheel-drive models. With that in mind, the base-level Stinger GT trim is an excellent value with a starting price of $40,295. While all-wheel drive is a useful feature for those in northern climates, we'll stick with the standard rear-wheel drive to accentuate the great chassis.

For this price, you get performance that's on par with the BMW 440i Sportback or Audi S5 Sportback, but at a discount that approaches $15,000. Furthermore, the Stinger GT offers standard leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 12-way adjustable seats, LED headlights, and a 100,000-mile warranty. Like many Kia models, the Stinger has limited options and packages across its range, with none offered at this trim level.

  • Model: 2019 Kia Stinger GT
  • Engine: 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6
  • Output: 365 hp / 376 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 19 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options: None
  • Base Price: $40,295 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $40,295

Performance

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The Kia Stinger has the performance chops to meet its goal of taking on the luxury sport sedan market, at least in some trims. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder with 255 horsepower, which may not provide the thrill of power, but will be far thriftier and allow Stinger buyers to access some of the more luxurious features while sipping gas at a much slower rate. Stinger GT models get a more powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that can sling the sedan to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The eight-speed automatic gearbox will shift quickly in sport mode, but it isn't as fast as a dual clutch and it gets confused sometimes when using the paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is available as an option on all models, but the standard configuration is rear-wheel drive.

The Stinger's other weapon is its chassis, which was developed by a former chief engineer from BMW's M performance division. The Stinger handles very nicely in quick-changing corners that require weight to be transferred from one side of the suspension to the other, as the car is well balanced. It's a lot of fun on the back roads, and Stinger owners will want to make more countryside excursions. However, it's not quite up to track day duties, no matter what Kia says.

While the Stinger GT does get excellent rubber in the form of Michelin Pilot Sport tires, they aren't wide enough to really make use of that extra grip. Additionally, the suspension is still prone to body roll that can be disconcerting if taking to the race track. With that in mind, the Kia Stinger GT is really more of a grand tourer (as the name implies), than a sports car.

Style

The Stinger follows the same form as the Audi A7: a hatchback that's stylishly disguised as a sedan. The rear trunk of the Stinger is actually a liftback that allows for bulkier items than one would think. However, instead of a wagon-like rear end, Kia has given the Stinger a graceful curve that's undeniably pleasing to the eye. Kia did include some overcooked design elements, but the car is very well designed from an aesthetic standpoint overall.

Inside, Kia clearly did their research on the environment that luxury sport sedan buyers want to sit in. All Stingers come with leather seats, while more upscale Nappa leather is available, and the materials used in the cockpit have a premium feel and look. While the tacked-on look of the infotainment screen rising out of the dash is something we still don't love, the climate control dials and vents are very well laid out with a minimalistic aesthetic often seen from German cars. Stinger GT models are available with a red leather interior that looks very sporty, while the four-cylinder models get grey leather upholstery in addition to the standard black.

The Best and Worst Things

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The Stinger's biggest trick is the skill that Kia has been perfecting for years at this point. It lands solid punches at luxury cars from both a performance and a feature standpoint, while keeping prices over $10,000 less than its intended marks. The Stinger is a tremendous value for money, and it requires very little sacrifice over a BMW or Audi, unless you consider the badges themselves to be worth the price of admission.

The Stinger could however use some thicker tires to help it corner even better, and while we're at it, some more power wouldn't hurt either. While 365 horses isn't exactly peanuts, we think this chassis could easily take 450 horsepower without batting an eye. Additionally, Kia could probably blend the external gill vents into the shape of the car a little better, but they aren't the only ones culpable of these styling miscues these days.

Right For? Wrong For?

The Stinger is perfect for those who want luxury sport sedan performance and features, but don't want to deal with the financial burdens of luxury sport sedan ownership. Not only is the Stinger far cheaper than all of its rivals, it also comes with a much more generous 10-year/100,000-mile warranty that should last the original owner at least twice as long as those of the German cars. No longer will you have to worry about the potential maintenance nightmares that seemingly come with luxury car ownership the day that the warranty expires.

The Stinger isn't a car for those who care about the panache of a badge. If you dread the idea of telling people that you bought a Kia over a BMW or an Audi, just spend the extra money on the badge that makes you happy. We understand; it's hard to wrap your head around a luxury Kia.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Kia Stinger is a great value and a great car. An Audi A5 Sportback may be better in some areas, but it probably isn't $15,000 better. Overall, the Stinger shows that Kia is capable of building high-reaching machines that can achieve the goals set out for it, and it makes the future that much more bright. The Stinger will only get better from here on out, and it's already pretty lofty.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 255 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 255 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 29 / 25 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
40.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
94 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
190.2 "
Exterior Width
73.6 "
Exterior Height
55.1 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.0 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
36.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,611 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
18.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 / 15 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Collision Warning (bcw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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