Automakers loaning out new vehicles to publications for long term testing is a normal occurrence and MotorTrend was handed a 2018 Kia Stinger GT around three months ago. Since then, they've been test driving it around the greater Los Angeles area. The latest Stinger GT adventure takes editor Alex Nishimoto on a weekend jaunt up the coast to Monterey, California.
With only his wife for company, the Stinger's cargo area easily accommodated their luggage and there was still space left over for all the souvenirs they picked up along the way. All fitting without the need to lower the rear seat for more room. His one complaint with the rear is just how poor visibility is through the rear window thanks to the car's high beltline and thick C-pillars.
Just something one needs to get used to and overcome, a process made easier by the rearview camera and parking sensors. The trade-off for poor visibility is the Stinger's unique shape, which seems to be a head turner at the small towns it passed through on this trip. Questions were asked at gas stations and Alex even caught a few people taking selfies with the car.
"Just let that sink in. Selfies. With a Kia. These are strange and wonderful times."