Forget the badge: Kia Stinger is a top performer at a bargain price
The Kia days of old
The cars built by the automotive manufacturer Kia you may remember as being very cheap but of inferior quality. You could definitely get into a car without a lot of money, but the quality of the interior and the ride left a lot to be desired. As the cars aged, the cheap plastic interiors became brittle and yellow. Not to mention that their resale value was all but nil, and the market for these resale cars tended to be limited to students and those looking to get into any car without expending a lot of cash.
Kia did enter the car market as a low-cost manufacturer, so these things were really to be expected. But Kia has come a long way, and their roots as an inexpensive car company have helped it move into making higher-quality vehicles for a lot less. Many of their vehicles, including the Kia Telluride, get high marks in their class. The Kia Telluride is actually top in its SUV class. They’ve certainly come a long way from cheap interiors and low-reliability ratings.
As the cars aged, the cheap plastic interiors became brittle and yellow.
The Kia Stinger touring sportscar
Kia has continued this move into higher markets with a sports car, grand touring car the Stinger. Anyone who hasn’t been following Kia’s upward movement would likely be shocked to think of Kia as a sportscar maker, but their offering, the Stinger, gets great marks from drivers.
Kia has come a long way, and their roots as an inexpensive car company have helped it move into making higher-quality vehicles for a lot less.
Introduced in 2018, the 2020 Kia Stinger has a starting price of $32,995 which is just absolutely absurd for a sports touring car. While the top of the price range trim and the one most will likely want to buy is $52,400, this is still great value for this type of vehicle.
With an Edmunds rating of 8.2/10 and extremely high driver’s satisfaction ratings, the Stinger really is a nice sports tourer. No asterisk required. One reviewer indicated that it was better than his former BMW. So you know the drivers are not just Kia drivers. These are owners who have previously owned other luxury cars for.
Many of their vehicles, including the Kia Telluride, get high marks in their class.
Kia Stinger specs
The Kia Stinger is not known to be particularly fast off of the block, but this is a tourer, not a drag racer. While not slow to accelerate, it goes from 0-60 MPH in 4.7 seconds, and it is considered quite peppy once going.
It comes with either a 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 3.3L Twin-Turbo V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0L puts out 255 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and goes from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. The 3.3L puts out a whopping (remember this IS a Kia) 365 horsepower with 376lb-ft torque. The Kia Stinger comes stock with all-wheel-drive.
The standard driver safety features you would find on other luxury tourers are also found on the Kia, but are only standard on the highest trim level.
The interior is really where the Stinger shows it’s value with leather, a premium rawhide upgrade at the highest trim level, and comfortable ergonomic seating. There isn’t much room in the backseat, but cars like these are never really intended for more than two anyways.
They’ve certainly come a long way from cheap interiors and low-reliability ratings.
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