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2018 Kia Stinger Ownership: Family Duty Light

Our 2018 Kia Stinger still gets lots of attention. It’s not so common that no one notices, but many people do know what it is when they notice.

We’re happy with the performance — it’s fun to drive, and 365 horsepower is a lot for this car. The result is not just quick starts but effortless acceleration on the highway. Say you’re already going 60 miles per hour and you want to pass someone — the power delivery is perfect for that kind of situation.

One thing we don’t like: There’s a persistent buzz or rattle coming from the rear of the car. I honestly think it’s the plastic housing that holds the third brake light. I can tell it’s of a lower quality plastic than the rest of the car, which makes sense — no one’s ever going to touch that part of the car, so why spend money making it really nice?

I’m beginning to see it as an affordable car for a person who really loves driving. I say affordable in comparison, with the same features, to a BMW 3 Series or an Audi A5 Sportback. It’s a 4-door so you think it’s going to be a family car like the Optima, or something. Not really — the back seat isn’t huge. The hatchback door does make carrying cargo possible and easy. The way it all shakes out is that the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is the perfect car for a mid-career, moderately successful single parent who really loves to drive. It’s got just enough flexibility to get some family chores done, but might not be a good substitute for a car like the new Honda Accord or Nissan AltimaFind a Kia Stinger for sale

Check out our 2018 Kia Stinger New Car Review

Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written... Read More

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