2018 Kia Stinger

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$31,900–$51,400 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Kia Stinger. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    255-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Cabin quality
  • Interior space
  • Wireless device charging available

The Bad

  • Looks bulky from certain angles
  • Manual transmission not offered
2018 Kia Stinger exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2018 Kia Stinger

  • New for 2018
  • Mid-size sedan with coupelike styling
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Twin-turbo V-6 engine available
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available

2018 Kia Stinger Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Kia's all-new Stinger wears the coupelike sedan body style that's become popular with luxury automakers. Powered by a choice of turbocharged engines and available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the Stinger offers both performance and luxury; Kia says the higher-output engine should deliver a zero-to-62-mph time of just 5.1 seconds, and available high-end features include Nappa leather upholstery. The Stinger hits dealerships late this year.

New for 2018

The Stinger bears a close resemblance to the GT Concept that Kia showed back in 2011. The front end features an updated version of Kia's familiar grille above a gaping lower-bumper opening, slim headlights and a long hood with twin vents. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted with performance tires while staggered 19-inch wheels with ultra-high-performance tires are available.

The Stinger is about the same length as Kia's Optima mid-size sedan, and like the Optima it has chrome window trim that follows the arcing roofline all the way to the trunk lid. The Stinger's overall appearance, however, is more coupelike than Kia's mainstream family car. With quad exhaust outlets and triangular taillights, the Stinger's rear styling calls to mind the Maserati GranTurismo coupe.

Interior

There's room for up to five people inside. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and a color screen between the gauges can show performance-related data like cornering forces, lap times and en...

Vehicle Overview

Kia's all-new Stinger wears the coupelike sedan body style that's become popular with luxury automakers. Powered by a choice of turbocharged engines and available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the Stinger offers both performance and luxury; Kia says the higher-output engine should deliver a zero-to-62-mph time of just 5.1 seconds, and available high-end features include Nappa leather upholstery. The Stinger hits dealerships late this year.

New for 2018

The Stinger bears a close resemblance to the GT Concept that Kia showed back in 2011. The front end features an updated version of Kia's familiar grille above a gaping lower-bumper opening, slim headlights and a long hood with twin vents. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted with performance tires while staggered 19-inch wheels with ultra-high-performance tires are available.

The Stinger is about the same length as Kia's Optima mid-size sedan, and like the Optima it has chrome window trim that follows the arcing roofline all the way to the trunk lid. The Stinger's overall appearance, however, is more coupelike than Kia's mainstream family car. With quad exhaust outlets and triangular taillights, the Stinger's rear styling calls to mind the Maserati GranTurismo coupe.

Interior

There's room for up to five people inside. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and a color screen between the gauges can show performance-related data like cornering forces, lap times and engine-oil temperature.

Available features include a color head-up display, wireless device charging and a Harman Kardon premium stereo with subwoofers under the front seats.

Under the Hood

A standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes an estimated 255 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 260 pounds-feet of torque from 1,400 rpm. An available twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 makes an estimated 365 hp at 6,000 rpm and 376 pounds-feet of torque from 1,300 rpm. Selecting the V-6 adds Brembo-brand brakes with four-piston front calipers and two-piston rear calipers.

Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for driver-initiated gear changes. The standard rear-wheel-drive system includes a limited-slip differential. Rear-biased all-wheel drive is available.

The suspension features front struts and a multilink setup for the rear wheels, and the Stinger is the first Kia to offer an adaptive suspension. The suspension has five modes: Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart. The modes also vary gas-pedal response, power-steering assistance and the transmission's shift program.

Safety

Available advanced safety features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and a driver-drowsiness monitor.


2018 Stinger Video

We got a chance to chance to find out on the street and on closed courses whether the 2018 Kia Stinger's performance lives up to the hype.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Love this car.

by Wns1968 on June 18, 2018

Car is by far best on market right now. Unique style and design, plenty of power fun and quiet to drive. Highly recommend this car for people who enjoy driving. Read full review

(4.0)

New Stinger

by Stan M from Calgary, AB on June 18, 2018

I loved the test drive of this vehicle and decided to buy. It is a great car so far (only had it for a few weeks now) will have to see how it holds up over the coming months and hopefully years. Love ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Kia Stinger currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Kia Stinger has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Stinger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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