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2019 Kia Stinger Review

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With a key fob that looks like a dynamite switch, Kia designed this sport sedan to blow you away with speed and power thanks to its turbo engine and available all-wheel drive. Experts and consumers have largely praised the Stinger, which Kia first released in the U.S. in 2017. To help you know what you would get for the money with this relatively new sports car from Korea, continue reading. Toyota 4Runner

2019 Kia Stinger price

The lowest manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) for the 2019 Kia Stinger is just below $33,000. A fully-loaded Stinger is more than $50,000, an increase of almost $20,000.

Trim 2.0L Premium GT GT1 GT2
Base MSRP $32,990 $39,190 $39,300 $45,300 $50,200

Of course, you may not have to pay MSRP. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to get a lower price. Check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find a fair market price.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Car dealers can and often do raise customer APRs for their own profit, so apply for a loan outside of the dealership. Potential lenders could include Kia financing or your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may receive up to five different, potential loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.

2019 Kia Stinger safety

Sports cars aren’t always crash test rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Stinger does have standard passive safety technology, like airbags and seat belts, in addition to available active driver aids. The exact driver aid technology you might want may or may not be included on the exact Stinger you want, though all trim levels of the Stinger include:

  • Blind Spot Collision Warning. The vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly when it senses another car in one of its blind spots.
  • Parking Distance Warning- Forward and Reverse. At low speeds, the car can alert you that it is getting too close to an object in front of or behind it.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning. When in reverse, the vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly if it senses another car approaching.

The Premium, GT1 and GT2 trim levels of the Stinger have these active safety technology features in addition to the ones above:

  • Lane Keeping Assist. The car can make minor steering adjustments to help it stay in the lane.
  • Driver Attention Warning. The car can give visual and audible driver alerts if it senses a low attention level.
  • Smart Cruise Control. With cruise control on, the car can adjust its speed to match and follow a car in front of it.
  • Forward Collision Warning Avoidance Assist. Warns the driver of a potential collision and applies the brakes if the driver does not.

2019 Kia Stinger trim comparison

The Kia Stinger has five trims. Here we broke them up into two sections based on its two engine types: the turbo four-cylinder and the twin turbo V6. Within each section, the trims build on each other. For example, the Premium has or improves upon all features of the 2.0L, and adds new ones.

Trim 2.0L Premium
Base MSRP $32,990 $39,190
Horsepower 260 260
Fuel Economy 25 MPG 25 MPG
Standard Features Intelligent Entry, 18″ Alloy Wheels, 7″ Touch Screen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Heated Front Seats LED Headlights, 19″ Alloy Wheels, 8″ Touch Screen, Premium Audio, Active Safety Technology, Ventilated Front Seats
Trim GT GT1 GT2
Base MSRP $39,300 $45,300 $50,200
Horsepower 376 376 376
Fuel Economy 20 MPG 20 MPG 20 MPG
Standard Features Limited Slip Differential, Intelligent Entry, 18″ Alloy Wheels, 7″ Touch Screen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Blind Spot Collision Warning LED Headlights, 19″ Alloy Wheels, 8″ Touch Screen, Premium Audio, Active Safety Technology, Ventilated Front Seats, Aluminum Accent Trim Surround View Monitor, Heated Rear Seats, Brembo Brakes, Smart Power Trunk, Low Beam Assist


Seating. No matter the trim, the Kia Stinger is a four-door sedan with seating for five. However, the car’s driveshaft creates a high hump in the backseat floor — this feature, combined with less hip room, could make the person sitting in the middle of the backseat uncomfortable.

Warranty. All new Kia vehicles come with a 5 year, 60,000 mile “bumper-to-bumper” basic warranty and a 10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, one of the longest in the industry. But if you’re looking at a used Stinger or you’d just like to add a greater warranty on top of that, check out how to find the best extended car warranty.

All-wheel drive (AWD). On all trim levels of the Stinger, you have the option to add AWD for an additional $2,000.

2019 Kia Stinger competitor comparison

Kia made the Stinger to compete with other sports cars, but it’s not the only four-door sports car on the market. You’ll notice all of these competitors have a larger price and lower horsepower.

Kia Stinger Audi A5 Lincoln MKZ BMW 3 Series
Base MSRP $32,990 $44,200 $35,995 $40,250
Expert Scores 4.3 4.8 3.7 NA
Horsepower 260 252 245 255
Fuel Economy 25 MPG 27 MPG 24 MPG 27 MPG
Standard Features 18″ Wheels, 7″ Screen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Leather, Blind Spot Collision Warning 18″ Wheels, Leather, 7″ Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 18″ Wheels, 8″ Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Simulated Leather, Advanced Driver Aids 18″ Wheels, 8″ Screen, Simulated Leather, Advanced Driver Aids

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings as available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

Just as you compare vehicles, be sure to compare auto loan rates to be sure that you’re getting the best one. You can check out where to find the best auto loan rates in 2019.

The bottom line on the 2019 Kia Stinger

You might like the Stinger if you want a performance sports car for essentially the price of a regular, non-sports car — but you might not like the Stinger if it matters to you that the car’s name badge is European. And if you want to widen your search to other types of six-cylinder cars, you could check out these V6 sedans and SUVs.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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