I spent 2 years shopping for a car.
April 28, 2019
I take a long time to choose a car. I need to love it without reservation because I run it into the ground. My last new car was in 2002 (Subaru WRX), which I ran until it rotted out and leaked water from the sunroof-- actually thats when I started looking. I loved it to the end.
I looked at MANY cars, including Tesla Model S (too culty, too many quality issues, and didn't seem very robust to me despite the 1 million mile claim), Infiniti Q50 redsport (a little plain), and some more mundane Japanese cars (I won't do German cars until they fix their myriad of electrical, dependability, value, and quality issues).
I didn't buy a car for two years as my old Subaru continued to leak on my drivers seat. Nothing worthy of my attention or money. I wedged a piece of wood in the sunroof to stop the leak, and kept on trucking.
I did not look at Kia at all, until I saw a great Consumer Reports review, then saw the Stinger won Canadian car of the year. I have great respect for Canadian reviewers as they seem the most impartial to me. I test drove the vehicle, researched it for two more weeks, and bought the base GT on my second test drive.
I'm a car guy but dislike badges and paying for names. It is an amazing value reminiscent of the car that the WRX was when it came out in 2002. It bent the rules and challenged the established brands. Given Kia's focus on quality (and my meticulous upkeep) I plan to have this car until cars start driving themselves -- and yes, no sunroof this time.