The 2022 Kia Stinger represents a major mid-product-cycle overhaul of this midsize sedan. This year, updated design elements, including distinctive LED exterior lighting, new geometric alloy wheels, and a sportier quad-exhaust port design offer new flair. The GT-Line is new and comes with an all-new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, replacing the previous 2.0-liter turbo. Other changes cover a refined interior and expanded driver-assist tech equipment.
Choosing Your Kia Stinger
The Kia Stinger comes with a pair of engine choices. Both are turbocharged and send power either to rear or to all four wheels. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Also available is a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Both work with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder
|3.3L Turbo V6
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The midsize Stinger seats five passengers, although with 36.4 inches of rear legroom and a pronounced drivetrain hump, the back seat is best for two.
With 23.3 cubic feet of standard cargo capacity, the Stinger with its liftgate claims a 50-percent space edge over models with a trunk. Fold-down the rear seat and this model has 40.3 cubic feet of storage capacity.
Kia equips the Stinger with its Drive Wise suite of tech safety equipment. These features include forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane follow assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking distance warning.
The 2022 Stinger comes with a 10.25-inch touch-screen display with navigation, a 9-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, and a wireless phone charger. A 15-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system is available.
Kia equips the Stinger with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lamps, and alloy wheels. Leather seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, aluminum pedals, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat come standard. This is the only trim equipped with the standard engine. All-wheel drive is a $2,200 upgrade for all three trims.
An available Sun and Sound Package ($2,300) brings in some of the elements found in the top-trim models. These include a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, an 8-inch touch-screen audio display with navigation, an 8-way power driver’s seat, and the Harman Kardon audio package.
The GT1 comes with the upgraded V6 engine. Launch control, a limited-slip differential for the rear-wheel-drive models, variable gear ratio rack, red Brembo brake calipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard.
A power tilt-and-slide sunroof is included. Interior LED lighting, an aluminum center console fascia, aluminum door scuff plates, and an 8-way power front passenger seat are also included.
The range-topping GT2 comes with a few performance enhancements that are not available with the other two trims. These include an electronically controlled suspension and a shift-by-wire gear selector. Upgraded bi-function headlights and a smart trunk with power opening come standard.
A power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, sport gauges, Nappa leather, a 16-way power driver’s seat with a seat extension, ventilated front seats, and heated outboard rear seats are included. A Harman Kardon audio system, surround-view monitor, and a head-up display are also added.
Prices are up by $3,000 for 2022 as Kia upgrades the equipment and performance levels. That said, the base price is higher than a Genesis G70. The standard model with the Sun and Sound Package delivers a well-equipped performance sedan for about $40,000. Otherwise, opting for the GT1 with the V6 engine adds a hefty $7,000 to the sticker price.