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2022 Kia Stinger

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2022 GT-Line 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $36,290
2022 GT-Line 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $38,490
2022 GT1 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $43,890
2022 GT1 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,090
2022 GT2 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $51,490
2022 GT2 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $53,690


What's New

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

Kia offers the 2022 Stinger in three trims: GT-Line, GT1, and GT2.

Prices range from $37,135 to $54,535, including the $1,045 destination charge. That's a price increase of up to $3,000 compared to the previous year.

Engine Choices

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.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder300 hp311 lb-ft25 mpg
3.3L Turbo V6368 hp376 lb-ft20 mpg

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.

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Safety Features

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.

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GT-Line – From $37,135

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.

GT1 – From $44,735

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.

GT2 – From $52,335

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

  • Great value option
  • Punchy available V6 engine
  • Sharp styling
  • Practical hatchback body style
  • Rivals offer sharper handling
  • Not as premium as German cars
  • Missing luxury badge
Expert Rating
3.8 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: 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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Sharper Exterior Design. Kia knocked the Stinger’s design out of the park when it introduced the upscale sedan in 2018. We didn’t think the Stinger needed an exterior refresh, but Kia gave it one anyway.

For 2022, the Stinger arrives with a sharper design, though not a lot changes. The LED headlights and taillights are new, while the Stinger also benefits from updated LED daytime running lights. Kia has also updated the Stinger’s wheels and exhaust outlets for the new model year. A new Scorpion Package arrives for 2022, bringing black exterior trim pieces, dark exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, and carbon-fiber interior trim.

Long, low, and muscular, the Stinger looks like South Korea’s version of a sports sedan. Compared to other options in the compact luxury segment that play it safe, the Stinger swings for the fences and nail s its bold design.

More Powerful Engines. Kia has updated the Stinger’s lineup of engines for 2022. There’s a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. It’s one of the more powerful standard engines in the class and delivers stronger acceleration than the majority of other four-cylinder engines in the segment. Kia claims the turbo four can help propel the Stinger to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and we’re inclined to believe that claim.

While the twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine in the Stinger remains the same as last year, it arrives with 368 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine is a star, shooting the Stinger off the line in 4.7 seconds and delivering addictive performance.

The Stinger’s suspension remains the same going into the new model year, which isn’t a bad thing. Most of the Stinger’s competitors offer sharper handling, but the sedan still delivers enjoyable handling. The compact car enjoys tackling corners and has responsive steering. The GT trims bring more performance features like Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and variable-ratio steering for a sharper feel.

Despite these additions, the Stinger never feels buttoned-down when being pushed hard. When tackling corners on a windy road with imperfections, the sedan has a loose rear end that can make it tricky to drive.

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Simplified lineup. For 2022, you’ll only find three available Stingers to choose from: the GT-Line, GT1, and GT2. To go along with the new lineup, Kia has made a few noteworthy changes to the sedan.

Instead of a seven-inch touchscreen, the Stinger now comes with a standard 10.25-inch unit, nine audio speakers, and navigation. The new 10.25-inch touchscreen covers more real estate on the dashboard and helps the vehicle feel more in line with some of the other high-tech options in the segment.

Kia has also added more standard safety features to the Stinger’s roster of equipment. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, a driver attention monitor, and safe exit alert are standard. These features build upon last year’s list that included rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors.

Thanks to the changes, the Stinger is an even better value option than before, with a starting price tag of $37,365 with destination.

High-Quality Cabin. Against luxury vehicles from Germany, the Stinger doesn’t come with the same upscale materials or cutting-edge features, but it does have a familiar design that looks nearly as high-end. The simple dashboard design that has three circular vents gives the Stinger’s cabin a minimalistic look.

Additionally, passengers don’t pay the price for the Stinger’s striking exterior design. The sedan falls in between the compact and midsize segment in terms of size, resulting in a spacious cabin. While the roofline looks sporty, the Stinger still offers a generous amount of headroom. Legroom is even more plentiful with 36.4 inches of space in the back. Thanks to the Stinger’s hatchback design, the vehicle has 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place – a generous amount for the segment.

With supportive seats, a large number of adjustments for the front seats, and a large amount of space, the Stinger has a comfortable cabin. From a family vacation to a solo road trip, the Stinger can handle it all.

Final Thoughts. The 2022 Kia Stinger is another vehicle that highlights just how far the South Korean automaker has come. With near-premium levels of luxury, a generous list of standard features, and impressive performance, the Stinger stands out for more than just its value proposition. The Stinger is a unique vehicle in the class and stands out because of its unique qualities.

The Genesis G70 shares a lot of components with the Stinger, but has a more premium cabin and high-tech features. The BMW 3-Series is a traditional luxury sedan that has athletic handling, powerful engines, impressive tech features, and a roomy interior.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 300 HP / 311 ft.lbs.
8-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
22 / 32 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 300 HP / 311 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
22 / 32 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
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
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Dark Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
9 / 15 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
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
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collison-avoidance Assist (fca-cyc/ped/junction Turning) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist (bca) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Following Assist (lfa) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Warning - Reverse Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
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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