Kia has achieved what many thought impossible: It created a sport sedan that's as good as the traditional European premium competition. Besides Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz, the Kia also competes with cars from Cadillac, Genesis, and Lexus, among others. That's quite a distinguished group, but the Stinger has the driving dynamics to match, or better, most of them. It's powered by either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 hp or a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 with 365 hp in the GT trim level and above. All Stingers are rear-wheel drive and come with an eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive is optional.
Since it's a Kia, the standard equipment is extensive, and even the base GT-Line model comes with a long list of desirable features. Add to that Kia's excellent warranty and attractive pricing, and the Stinger makes a great deal of sense economically. That it's great to drive only helps its case—all Stingers offer nice balance, enjoyable handling, and good performance. The interior is nicely finished, and the exterior looks sharp and distinctive. Only its lack of brand allure and lack of rear passenger headroom count against it. Otherwise, the Stinger is a very appealing, very capable, and impressive-to-drive performance sedan.