Unless you can afford a super sports car, no vehicle is perfect and without flaws, but Kia's Stinger GT does try its hardest to gain a foothold in America's performance market. Brandon Turkus from MotorAuthority clocked in 226 miles behind the wheels of a V-6-powered Stinger GT and over time, he has discovered the good and bad of said vehicle.
The good of course includes the Stinger's 3.3-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6, something you don't see every day in a $39,250. Pumping out 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, the 3,800-pound car can rocket from 0- 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Though Turkus thinks the exhaust note is in dire need of a tune, the car's "juicy torque curve" should more than make up for it.
Then there's the likable everyday 8-speed automatic transmission. You won't be getting rapid-fire shifts like the ZF-built 8-speed gearbox found in the Dodge Charger, but the car itself doesn't feel like it needs that kind of capability. This is more of a personal preference if you're one to track the Stinger a lot.
Inside, the Stinger GT's driver ergonomics are on point and material quality makes it feel like an upscale vehicle. Some may be irked by the hard plastics, especially if you sprung for a fully loaded Stinger GT2, but aside from that the cabin felt good overall.
Just be wary of Kia dealerships when purchasing a Stinger GT. They're apparently known to use overly aggressive sales tactics.