2022 Kia Stinger

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2022 Kia Stinger
2022 Kia Stinger

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

190.2” x 55.1”


Rear-wheel drive



3 trims

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2022 Kia Stinger review: Our expert's take

By Mike Hanley

The Kia Stinger has now been on sale in the U.S. for five model years, but it remains an unlikely offering from the South Korean automaker. Its four-door coupe styling, hatchback versatility and rear-wheel-drive-based platform mimics four-door coupes from German luxury brands at a fraction of the price. That formula holds for the 2022 Stinger, which gets a more powerful base engine, new tech features and minor exterior and interior styling changes.

Related: Kia Gives 2022 Stinger More Bite With Extra Power, Style

A new 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the big news for 2022, and this is the engine we tested. It goes in the GT-Line trim level and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Here are five things you should know about Kia’s mid-size performance car if you’re considering it:

1. Exceptional Steering Feel, Responsiveness

The Stinger’s steering tuning is one of its most impressive attributes. The steering wheel has a natural heft to it, and the car responds immediately as you turn the wheel. The Stinger feels like a sports sedan from the driver’s seat, and its steering is a key reason why.

2. New Turbo Four-Cylinder Is Plenty Powerful

The new turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder is an impressive engine, so much so that I didn’t miss the Stinger’s optional 368-hp, twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6. It has good reserve power for high-speed passing, and it teams with a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission that readily kicks down when you need more power.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder’s 300 hp and 311 pounds-feet of torque is 45 hp and 51 pounds-feet more than the outgoing turbo 2.0-liter, but despite the bump in power, EPA-estimated combined gas mileage is the same: 25 mpg for rear-drive versions and 24 mpg with all-wheel drive.

3. Visibility Problems

The Stinger is long and low, and its fastback roofline makes it look sleeker than the typical mid-size car. The penalty for that look, however, is restricted outward visibility — particularly if you like to drive with the seat in a higher position.

The car’s raked windshield offers a slotlike view forward, and the rearview mirror can block your view to the point where you sometimes must look around it to fully see what’s in front of you. The low roofline and short side windows reduce visibility, too, and it can feel a bit claustrophobic in the cabin. The rear roof pillars are large, and even though the rear hatch window is big, it’s angled in such a way that it seems much smaller when checking what’s behind you from the driver’s seat.

4. Good Cargo Versatility

The cargo area under the rear hatch isn’t very tall, but its hatchback body style increases the Stinger’s versatility. The cargo area measures 15.1 cubic feet, according to Cars.com’s cargo measurements, and the standard 60/40-split rear backseat folds nearly flat with the cargo floor when you need more cargo space.

5. Sensible Tech

All trim levels have a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system that includes navigation, satellite radio capability and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. It’s an intuitive system that includes physical controls where they make sense, including knobs for volume and station tuning. There aren’t any touch-sensitive controls in the interior aside from the screen, and as more new cars load up on touch controls, the relative simplicity of the Stinger’s buttons, knobs and switches is welcome.

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Is It Worth Nearly $40,000?

The Stinger GT-Line starts at $37,365 (including $1,075 destination charge), but optional features raised the price of our RWD test car to $39,945. Kia has proven it can sell vehicles at near-luxury prices — witness the success of its Telluride three-row SUV, for example — but convincing luxury shoppers to consider the Stinger (or mainstream buyers to stay with Kia rather than move up to a luxury brand) is a tall order. That, along with dwindling interest in cars in general versus trucks and SUVs, is borne out in the Stinger’s modest sales of 13,517 for all of 2021.

That said, you can spend more than the as-tested price of our Stinger on cars from luxury brands that are less enjoyable to drive and less versatile. That doesn’t seem like a great idea, and it makes a Stinger test drive all the more worthwhile.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Great car with problems

I bought my 2022 Stinger GT1 in August of 2021. I currently have 6k miles on it. Since driving it off of the sales lot it has had creaks, pops and rattles in the cabin. There is a very annoying creak and pop sound coming from the overhead grab handles. Also a rattle coming from the truck area. I’ve had it at the dealership but nothing has been fixed. It would be a great car if not for these problems. It’s comfortable, a great performer and very good looking car! If these annoyances can’t be sorted out, I’ll be reluctantly selling the car.


Beauty and the Beast

I have a 2019 AWD Stinger GT2 Federation Edition. Yeah… it is pumpkin orange. NOT my favorite color for blending in. However, all the Carbon Fiber trim adds just the right touch to pull it off. I was test driving MANY cars in its price range and NOTHING had the “WOW” factor like this car. In sport mode it is, quite frankly, a BEAST! I had another driver messing with me on a highway in Tennessee… each time I sped up, he sped up. Each time I slowed down, he slowed down. At one point he went to cut me off for the second time and I floored it. I went from 80MPH to 118MPH in about 2 seconds. Had a blizzard here in NY and I made it home without issues with the AWD. Hands down, this is the nicest car I have ever had!


Best value sports car in my opinion

Wanted one since they were announced. Finally got a 2022 awd gt2. Love everything about it!!! Handling, style, performance, hiwnit turns heads. Just love it.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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