Kia, the identical automaker that sells the 120-hp Rio subcompact and the Soul crossover that was as soon as marketed by hamsters, has a wildly-good sports activities sedan that doesn’t get the respect—or the gross sales—it deserves. The Stinger is a four-door hatchback with rear-tire fireplace—rear-drive is commonplace—and all-wheel drive as an possibility. The Stinger is sort of a BMW 4-series Gran Coupe however with the beginning value of an inexpensive sport compact. The base engine is a zippy 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. The accessible 368-hp twin-turbo V-6 is the popular methodology of stinging, and this mix was the primary Kia to speed up to 60 mph in underneath 5.0 seconds. This is a good-handling automotive with surprisingly cozy journey high quality plus sharp styling and a premium inside. Considering all that, there needs to be extra buzz across the Stinger.
What’s New for 2023?
The Kia Stinger celebrates its fifth rotation across the solar with a simplified lineup and two particular version fashions for 2023. Last yr’s GT-Line, GT1, and GT2 availability has been slimmed to simply GT-Line and GT2. Kia can be providing Apex and Grand Tourer particular version packages. Apex, accessible solely for the Stinger GT-Line, goes darkish with Brembo brakes, black exhaust suggestions, fenders, and mirrors. The Grand Tourer, accessible solely for Stinger GT2, additionally provides black exhaust suggestions, fenders, and mirrors, however will get specialization for the inside with black suede seat inserts, suede dashboard trim, and sporty pink stitching for the seats, instrument panel, and set belts.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The proper strategy to order the Stinger is with the peppy 368-hp twin-turbo V-6. The solely strategy to get that powertrain is to order the GT2. For an extra cost, you may add all-wheel drive, however that replaces the rear-drive Stinger’s Michelin Pilot Sport summer time tires with all seasons. All-wheel drive additionally reduces the highest velocity from 167 mph to 149 mph. Granted, you may find yourself in jail at both of these speeds, however must you wish to enter the Stinger right into a observe day on a circuit with a really lengthy straights, the additional 18 mph would possibly simply turn out to be useful.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Stinger is on the market with two completely different turbocharged engines, a 300-hp 2.5-liter turbo-four in addition to a 368-hp twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6. The V-6 delivers scintillating efficiency that will get our fanatic blood pumping. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automated transmission, which, in our expertise, delivers fast shifts at redline and is unobtrusive when left to shift for itself. We want the paddle shifters provided sharper responses to driver inputs, nonetheless. Still, for drivers in single-minded pursuit of straight-line velocity, the V-6–powered Stinger GT doesn’t disappoint. The all-wheel-drive Stinger GT2 has mastered straight-line velocity; it sprinted to 60 mph in 4.6-seconds
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The rear-drive, four-cylinder Stinger has the best estimated gas economic system, with EPA scores of twenty-two mpg metropolis and 32 freeway. That effectivity drops barely if all-wheel drive is added, to an EPA-rated 21 and 29 mpg respectively. Naturally, the extra highly effective V-6 engine is much less environment friendly at 18 mpg metropolis and 25 mpg freeway, particularly with all-wheel drive, which drops its estimates to 17 and 24 mpg. While we have not examined the brand new 2.5-liter turbo-four on our 75-mph freeway route, which is a part of our extensive testing regimen, the all-wheel-drive, V-6 mannequin we evaluated returned 26 mpg in that check. For extra details about the Stinger’s gas economic system, go to the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Stinger’s inside is well-designed and engaging, however it could possibly’t fairly match the Audi A4 or the BMW 3-series for materials high quality or development. Then once more, the Kia prices significantly lower than these two German sedans. The Stinger does, nonetheless, provide a considerably extra comfy rear seat than many vehicles on this value class—and its house benefit feels higher than its numbers would recommend. While the Stinger’s inside is freed from obvious errors and omissions, the general impact is much less polished than the efforts we have loved from established luxurious manufacturers. The Stinger’s acknowledged trunk quantity would predict that it has by far probably the most cargo house on this set, but it surely solely bested its rivals by a small margin in our real-world cargo assessments. With its vast hatchback opening and lengthy wheelbase, we would hoped the Stinger would do even higher in these measurements. Its middle console is on the massive facet for a automotive, which helps to compensate for the truth that the front-door pockets are the smallest of this bunch.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Kia’s infotainment system—known as UVO—is used to good impact within the Stinger and consists of an 8.0- or 10.3-inch touchscreen blended with helpful bodily buttons. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace, as is a six-speaker stereo system. Audiophiles can improve to a 15-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system, and Kia provides a bunch of different tech upgrades as nicely, reminiscent of a wi-fi smartphone charging pad and in-dash navigation.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Stinger provides lots of the hottest driver assist options as commonplace tools. For extra details about the Stinger’s crash-test outcomes, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embody:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help
- Standard adaptive cruise management
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Kia’s lengthy powertrain guarantee is virtually legendary, and it simply outdoes each different automotive on this set for size of protection. Unlike lots of its premium-branded rivals, the Stinger provides no complimentary scheduled upkeep.
- Limited guarantee covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep
2022 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Base/As Tested: $54,535/$55,185
Options: Hichroma Red paint, $495; carpeted ground mats, $155
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct gas injection
Displacement: 204 in3, 3342 cm3
Power: 368 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 376 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.4-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
F: 225/40R-19 93W M+S
R: 255/35R-19 96W M+S
Wheelbase: 114.4 in
Length: 190.2 in
Width: 73.6 in
Height: 55.1 in
Passenger Volume: 96 ft3
Cargo Volume: 23 ft3
Curb Weight: 4179 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.6 sec
100 mph: 11.5 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.1 sec @ 107 mph
130 mph: 20.8 sec
150 mph: 32.6 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.3 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
Top Speed (mfr’s declare): 149 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 187 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 28 mpg
Highway Range: 440 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/17/24 mpg