It had been a couple months since I’d been behind the wheel of our 2018 Kia Stinger and, admittedly, I forgot how much I enjoyed it. There’s just so much to like. From its pulse-raising power to its everyday practicality, the Stinger has me impressed virtually every time I take it out. That’s not to say that it’s completely perfect, but it certainly impresses me on a regular basis.
Despite the Stinger’s potential to turn me into a total K-car fanboy, I’ve run into a couple of quirks that are worth noting. First, the shifter on our Stinger can be fussy at times, not switching from neutral or reverse occasionally. I have a feeling it’s more operator error than anything else, as the system is completely electronic. Maybe I’m not depressing the brake pedal or shift button enough, or releasing them too quickly while switching into drive, but there’s been one or two times I looked like a student driver while pulling out of the QT, eliciting a few disdainful honks from impatient customers in the parking lot.
A fellow editor also mentioned a slight rattle coming from the trunk or rear cabin, but unfortunately, I was unable to replicate the experience for myself. While listening for the rattle however, I was able to hear what sounded like a faint shaking sound when the Stinger would initiate the Idle Stop and Go (ISG) feature. It’s very quiet, but I could hear it consistently whenever this feature was working. It didn’t happen when I simply put the car in park and shut it off, so my best guess is that it has something to do with the ISG system. It isn’t something that would ever dissuade me from purchasing a Stinger, but it is a notable idiosyncrasy of the Korean sport sedan.
A Sight for Sore Eyes
After a short trip to the West Coast, my return to Atlanta and the Stinger was a happy one. The automatic rear tailgate sensed when I was behind it and let off three long beeps before opening, allowing me to place my bags and jacket in the rear cargo area without having to fish through my pockets for the key fob. Sliding into the comfortable cabin of the Stinger is always a pleasant experience, and it was a welcome oasis after five hours in a cramped airliner. The cooled seats and capable climate control brought the interior temperature to a comfortable level in less than a minute, and I made my way out of the world’s busiest airport’s currently-under-construction parking deck post-haste.
Exhausted from jet lag and a business trip, the only thing I wanted was the comfort of my bed as soon as humanly possible. After the endless queues experienced at the airport from check-in, to security, to boarding, I had spent hours waiting. At this point, I just wanted to go home — fast. The nimble handling of the Stinger allowed me to slice through traffic and make my way onto the interstate with the agility of a Formula 1 champion blowing past slower drivers. The feeling of inertia pushing you back into your seat as the Stinger accelerates onto the highway is as refreshing as a full pot of coffee, and puts a smile on my face every time I do it.
I arrived home shortly after, grinning from ear to ear as I made my way to the front door. Yes, some of it was relief to be back home, but some of it from the enjoyment experienced just driving back from the airport. And while I know our 2018 Kia Stinger isn’t quite perfect, it’s hard to not fall for it a little more each day that I have it. The novelty has yet to wear off — not even close. Find a Kia Stinger for sale
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