The 2023 Kia Stinger is unchanged following last year's refresh, which brought a new base engine and updated tech features. The mid-level GT1 trim is no longer offered.
Choosing Your Kia Stinger
The Stringer comes in two trim levels: GT-Line and GT2. The GT-Line starts at $37,695 including destination, and the GT2 is priced from $52,895.
The GT-Line carries a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the GT2 gets a V6 turbo. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rear-wheel drive is standard with both engines, and all-wheel drive is available for $2,200.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.5L Turbo 4-Cyinder||300 hp||311 lb-ft||25 mpg|
|3.3L Turbo V6||368 hp||376 lb-ft||20 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The midsize Stinger may look like a proper sedan, but it's really a hatchback with 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. Capacity expands to 40.3 cubic feet with the seat folded. That's not exactly crossover territory, but the Stinger can carry significantly more stuff than even the largest sedans.
The interior provides enough room for five, although the shape of the rear seat cushion suggests this is really a four-seater.
Every Stinger comes with a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technology. Standard features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and driver alertness monitoring. The GT2 also carries a head-up display.
Stinger's standard infotainment system offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, nine speakers, three USB ports, HD and satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and wireless phone charging. A 15-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system is available on the GT-Line in the $2,300 Sun and Sound Package — and standard on the GT2.
The GT-Line offers a leather interior with heated front seats, a 12-way power driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum sport pedals, and a 4.2-inch driver info display. Other standard features include proximity keyless access, remote start, full LED exterior lighting, and 18-inch alloy wheels. AWD models also get a heated steering wheel.
In addition to the Harman Kardon system, the Sun and Sound Package provides a sunroof and an eight-way power passenger seat. Models so equipped are eligible for the $1,000 GT-Line Apex Special Edition Package with Brembo performance brakes, black exterior accents, and carbon fiber-like interior trim.
The GT2 picks up the V6 turbo, plus standard Brembo brakes, an upgraded sport suspension, launch control, and 19-inch wheels. Rear-drive models get a limited-slip differential, while AWD versions receive torque vectoring. Interior upgrades include a 16-way power driver seat, Nappa leather upholstery, aluminum trim, a power-adjustable steering wheels, and a 7-inch driver info display. A hands-free power trunk lid and the Sun and Sound Package are also standard.
For $1,000, the GT2 Grand Tourer Special Edition Package adds suede seat inserts and interior trim, gloss black wheels, and black body accents.
The 2023 Kia Stinger in GT-Line trim is a sporty and versatile midsize sedan that delivers a lot of features for the price. The GT2 is an altogether more serious performer for buyers willing to spend for genuine thrills.