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2018 Kia Stinger

$31,900 — $51,400 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
21-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

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 temperatur...

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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
108 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Better than great!

by Anita from Birdsoro PA 19508 on November 16, 2018

Love this car because it has all the amenities and looks like an extremely high priced sports car! Drives great, is comfortable, has lots of space and is very sporty looking. Love it!! Read full review

(5.0)

Most valuable

by Cris from Boca on November 15, 2018

Absolutely no problem I?ll let go and see you next Friday night and I can see the next weekend I wanna is I wanna go Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Kia Stinger currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Kia Stinger has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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