2018 Kia Stinger
Why Buy the Kia Stinger?
The 2018 Kia Stinger is a brand-new take on the Grand Tourer, with a style that rivals its luxury counterparts. The Kia checks all the right GT styling boxes with its long hood, raked windshield, and athletic rear haunches, along with vents and air intakes, big wheels, and the seductive sheet metal. You’re not going to find a big, supercharged V-8 under the hood, but instead a 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. The four-pot is no slouch as it puts out a very healthy 255 horsepower, but those who can are bound to opt for the V-6 with its 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque.
The interior of the 2018 Kia Stinger is no bare-bones, stripped-out track monster. The low seating position helps with the center of gravity and adds to the sporty feel of the Stinger, and you’ll find every comfort and feature available you could wish for in a vehicle of this stature. Nappa leather is available in a number of colors, with a thick leather-wrapped steering wheel and large gauges ringed in metal. Performance data like cornering g-forces and lap times display on a color screen that sits between the gauges. Performance with luxury is definitely the mission here.
Is the Kia Stinger a Hatchback?
Technically, yes. But the 2018 Kia Stinger looks like a grand touring performance sedan–four doors, a sloping roofline, and an aggressive design that feels more muscle car than hatchback. But, when you open the back, you are opening a hatch, which gives you far more cargo space than you might expect from a grand touring sedan.
How Safe is the Kia Stinger?
Since the Kia Stinger has not yet been released, no official safety ratings have been released either. However, Kia has gone above and beyond with the Stinger’s active safety features to put buyers’ minds at ease. You’ll find forward collision avoidance, smart cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, and blind spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic collision warning included as features on the all-new Stinger.
Will the Kia Stinger Come in Manual?
No, the Stinger won’t come with a manual transmission option. The only transmission is a very modern eight-speed automatic, which should help V-6 equipped versions get to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. As well as the standard, and very sporty rear-drive format, the Stinger will also be available in all-wheel drive form.