2018 Kia Stinger

Pros: Potent powertrains, competitive pricing, agile handling, striking styling, high-end trimmings on top-line models, cargo versatility of hatchback body style

Cons: Tight rear-seat space (due in part to sloping roofline), rear visibility, some testers disliked unconventional gearshift lever, Kia brand doesn’t have the same cachet as established luxury-make rivals

CG Says: Kia steps into the sporty premium-midsize-car segment for 2018 with the introduction of an all-new 4-door hatchback sedan. The Kia Stinger is a performance-focused, fastback-styled “gran touring” sedan that is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a choice of two turbocharged engines: a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, or a 365-hp 3.3-liter V6. With either powerplant, an 8-speed automatic (with steering-wheel paddle shifters) is the sole transmission. Available with the AWD system is a Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control feature that improves cornering performance. Other available features include an adjustable Dynamic Stability Damping Control suspension, Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, and a premium Harman/Kardon audio system. Available safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver-attention alert. The all-new Kia Stinger is an audacious new model from a brand that hasn’t previously offered a high-end, high-performance vehicle. Though it doesn’t yet have the name recognition or reputation of established sport sedans like the BMW 5-Series or Audi A6, the Stinger backs up its rakish looks with invigorating acceleration and handling, and is also priced comfortably below its European rivals.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices 2.0L: $32,800
2.0L Premium: $38,000
3.3L GT: $39,250
3.3L GT1: $44,150
3.3L GT2: $50,100

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
255
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.3-liter V6
Horsepower
365
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

2018 Stinger
2018 Kia Stinger
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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