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Motorauthority recently shared an article about the pros and cons of currently living with the Stinger. Just wanted to share an overview of what the article mentions.

The good
- 3.3 liter, twin turbocharged V6 has some punch. Car is addicting in its quickness
- 8 speed automatic is way better on public roads than the track. Good everyday transmission
- People love the way it looks, with constant reactions from the public.
- Kia nailed the driving position. Material quality is good enough, at least in the lower end models
- A great vehicle for the price

The bad
- Stock exhaust note is extremely lacking. First stop would be to a local shop for an aftermarket kit.
- Transmission holds the car back from being sharper, more immediate and fun. Improvements could be made on that paddle shifters, which feel a little cheap. No manual transmission.
- Hilariously fake hood vents, which have no functionality. Some color options look much different in person than on Kia's online configurator.
- Any passengers not getting into the driver seat noted how difficult the Stinger is to get in and out of.
- Kia Dealerships are way behind the times and the ratio of good to bad dealers is heavily in the later.
 

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Think I read that article too, and the problems they list out are very marginal aside from the transmission gripe they have. Otherwise everything else lie the exhaust note and fake hood vents can be fixed with aftermarket parts and a bit of body work.
 

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That whole ride height issue is so true that other car makers have moved onto creating sporty SUV's and in the process ditch performance sedans. Maybe the next move we will see from Kia is the Stingers performance DNA and styling into an SUV?
 

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Performance sedans can only sit so high before handling is compromised. Maybe Kia will come out with a stinger based SUV or crossover in the future, but you won't be able to throw it around corners as confidently as you would a Stinger.
 

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Performance sedans can only sit so high before handling is compromised. Maybe Kia will come out with a stinger based SUV or crossover in the future, but you won't be able to throw it around corners as confidently as you would a Stinger.
If that's the case then they should look into including rear wheel steer. It will be the cheapest solution although it comes at a cost of weight. Tried a setup like this on the new A8 and was beyond impressed. Drives like no other large sedan I have been in so far.
 
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