2019 Kia Stinger Earns Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - May 24, 2019

Kia's sportiest vehicle, the 2019 Stinger, aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest crash tests, earning the organization's highly sought-after Top Safety Pick Plus designation. With the IIHS' highest rating, the Stinger matches the Genesis G70's Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

In a bit of a theme, only certain Stingers are eligible for the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. All Stingers earned a rating of “Good” in the IIHS' crash tests, but the sedan's headlights and front crash prevention system required optional equipment. The Stinger's front crash prevention system, which is standard on the Premium, GT1, and GT2, earned a rating of “Superior.”

Kia StingerFor the vehicle's headlights, the base 2.0L trim is fitted with halogen projector headlights that earned a rating of “Poor.” The adaptive LED projector headlights on the GT2 trim were found to be “Acceptable,” while the LED headlights found on the 2.0L with the Sun and Sound Package, the Premium trim, and the GT1 trim all earned a rating of “Good.”

Pricing for the Stinger starts at $33,985, including destination. In order to get into a Stinger that earns the IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus rating, you'll have to move up to the Premium that carries a price tag of $40,185. Other large sedans to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus include the 2019 Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Genesis G80.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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