Travel in luxury and style in this sporty sedan.

Kia Stinger | CarMax

Since its debut in the 2018 model year, the Kia Stinger has been a real head turner. Its hatchback design makes the interior roomy and comfortable, while still giving ample storage space. Check out this review of the Kia Stinger to learn more about its key benefits and features.

Key Specs & Features (2019 Model)

  • 255 horsepower turbocharged inline 2.0L four-cylinder standard with available 365 horsepower turbocharged 3.3L V6
  • 53 cubic feet of passenger space
  • 41 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Kia Stinger: Trunk Cargo | CarMax
  • Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ compatible
  • Optional driver assist package with blind-spot monitor, forward collision warning, and more

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Full of Class

Kia Stinger: Front Seats | CarMax

The Kia Stinger's interior is roomy, attractive, and comfortable without being ostentatious. While some cars scream “I've arrived!", the Kia Stinger whispers it. The interior design also gives more rear seat comfort. There's enough room for your friends and their stuff.

Kia Stinger: Backseats | CarMax

2. Fun to Drive

Kia Stinger: Engine | CarMax

Whether you opt for the four-cylinder or V6 engine, both are peppy enough to give you impressive acceleration and speed. The Stinger is fun to fling around on mountain roads, with paddle shifters and excellent brakes adding to the enjoyment. The suspension system is also designed to give you excellent control and steering feel.

3. Laden with Technology

Kia Stinger: Tech Dash | CarMax

Kia calls the infotainment system on the Stinger "UVO." The system centers on a seven-inch voice-activated touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. The 15 Harman Kardon® speakers sound great throughout the audio spectrum and surround you with your favorite tunes. Other features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking, and forward collision warning, as well as lane-keeping (2018-2019 models).

4. Multiple Trim Options

There are five basic Kia Stinger trim packages to choose from in the 2018-2019 models. These are base, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2. The base model includes more standard features than you'd expect at the price while the Premium model adds a sunroof, LED highlights, power-adjusted steering wheel, and more. The GT drops the options back to the base level but bumps the engine up to the V6 and includes adaptive suspension dampers and launch control. The GT1 model adds the Premium features plus performance gauges and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, while the GT2 adds a hands-free trunk lid and premium leather upholstery, as starters.

5. Luxury Features

The 2018-2019 Kia Stinger GT1 model adds Premium features plus performance gauges and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, while the GT2 adds a hands-free trunk lid and premium leather upholstery, as starters. You'll enjoy the extra comforts, along with smooth handling and its quiet ride.

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What You Need to Know

Kia Stinger Trims

2018 Trims

Base: Standard features include rear-door child safety locks, turn signal mirrors, engine immobilizer, stability control, traction control, rear center three-point harness and child seat anchors, paint protection package, and advanced driver assistance system package. Other standard amenities are front and rear cup holders and storage pockets, hands-free entry, front one-touch power windows, 18-inch alloy wheels with locks, and standard cruise control.

Premium: Standard features include LED headlamps, satellite radio with real-time traffic satellite radio with 15 Harman Kardon premium speakers and two subwoofers, universal remote control transmitter, and standard cruise control.

GT: Standard features include front and rear ventilated disc brakes, satellite radio with nine speakers, carpet floor mats, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, active suspension dampers, and launch control.

GT1: GT1 standard features add performance gauge pack, auto-dimming mirrors, and standard cruise control.

GT2: The GT2 adds emergency braking preparation, blind spot and lane departure warnings, accident avoidance system, adaptive cruise control, premium leather, ventilated driver and passenger seats, 12-way adjustable driver seat with thigh extension, eight-way adjustable front passenger seat. Other standard features of the GT2 include Limited Edition badging, Nappa Leather seat trim, and a heads-up display.

All Kia Stinger trims offer an optional AWD upgrade.

Kia Stinger Available Colors

The 2018 Kia Stinger comes with seven exterior and three interior color options depending on the trim package you choose:

  • The Base model is available with black, white, or grey exteriors and a black interior.
  • The Premium model adds cobalt blue as an exterior color option and charcoal and gray interiors.
  • The GT came with seven different exterior color options: gray, red, yellow, black, white, charcoal, and cobalt blue, with black interior.
  • GT1 takes away yellow as an exterior option and adds brown as an interior option.
  • GT2 adds light gray as an interior color option.

Color options for the 2019 Kia Stinger also varied with the trim package chosen:

Base, Premium, and GT sedan models are available with:

  • Micro Blue Pearl
  • Aurora Black Peal
  • Panthera Metal
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Ceramic Silver as a color option (GT1 and GT2)

Years in Review

2018 Kia Stinger - The 2018 Kia Stinger hit the stage with a peppy base 2.0L four-cylinder engine. If you're looking for a little more oomph, spring for the optional 3.3L V6 with almost twice the power.The adds storage space and allows for a roomy passenger compartment. The list of standard features with the five trim packages (Base, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2) is even more impressive with 18-inch alloy wheels and an optional 19-inch performance wheel and tire package available.

2019 Kia Stinger - The Base 2019 Kia Stinger's main external feature changes were the addition of a sunroof and LED headlights while interior upgrades include the addition of blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems. GT model upgrades include twin turbochargers, wireless charging for compatible mobile devices, and an awesome tire-shredding drift mode. GT2 models also gets a 360-degree camera and heated seats.</p>

The Bottom Line

The Kia Stinger is an excellent choice in the luxury sport sedan class if you're looking for a sporty sedan that's fun to drive with ample interior room for friends and family. You'll enjoy the ride whether you're heading to the corner store or going on a weekend adventure.

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