The Kia Stinger garnered plenty of praise and accolades when it first arrived on the scene back for 2018 due to its performance hardware and slick styling, but sales have lagged over the years. Consequently, for 2023, Kia chose to simplify the lineup to just two trims and a pair of special editions in the Apex and Grand Tourer.
New Special Editions Add Variety
The Stinger received a mid-cycle update for 2022, so exterior styling largely carries over. Gone is the GT1 trim, leaving only the GT-Line and range-topping GT2. The Scorpion Package is also gone for 2023, replaced by the Apex and Grand Tourer packages. As the name implies, the Apex is a performance-focused package exclusive to the GT-Line that comes with black exterior accents, Brembo brakes and imitation carbon-fiber accents inside. The GT2’s Grand Tourer also gets black exterior accents, but the interior goes in a more luxurious direction with the addition of suede to the seats and dash lining, red seat belt webbing, seat piping and stitching.
Otherwise, performance hardware carries over from 2022. GT-Line variants are powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 horsepower, while GT2 models get a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 good for 368 hp; both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive four-cylinder model gets an EPA-rated 22/32/25 mpg city/highway/combined, while all-wheel-drive four-cylinders get 21/29/24 mpg. V-6 GT2 versions get 18/25/20 mpg with RWD; AWD further reduces figures to 17/24/20 mpg.
The 2023 Kia Stinger is available now. The GT-Line starts at $37,735 (all prices include $1,145 destination fee), the GT2 at $52,935. AWD is $2,200 extra, and both the Apex and Grand Tourer are an additional $1,000.
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