Kia Stinger Forum banner

1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Editorial Content
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·


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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
248 Posts
I have to admit, there are areas it can be improved on but being the first of its kind from Kia and already making an impact is a big deal. Kia knows it will take on a culture similar to the Toyota 86 which will help to sustain it. Thankfully unlike Toyota, Kia seems wiling to put more money on the line, Toyota just plays it nice and slow. Can't wait to see where aftermarket culture takes the Stinger.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
186 Posts
Most of the complaints we hear of the Stinger is not performance based, it's just people nit picking it for small things like plastics and Kia can easily fix that in the next gen.
Surprised nobody has tried to put a child seat in there yet. I recall an online publication that does it for all new cars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
248 Posts
Most of the complaints we hear of the Stinger is not performance based, it's just people nit picking it for small things like plastics and Kia can easily fix that in the next gen.
Surprised nobody has tried to put a child seat in there yet. I recall an online publication that does it for all new cars.
From what I hear it should have no problem supporting two child seats easily. Even just from an overall practicality stand point rear seating is plenty for most folks and for most of their needs. With vehicles in this segment, its one of the main selling points. They even included 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a total of 406 litres cargo space
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
69 Posts
Looks like Kia is going through the same sort of growing pains that Hyundai did with their Genesis brand. Despite how much their vehicles have improved as of late, their dealerships and badge awareness still have a long way to go.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top