We’ve had our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger at the Autotrader offices for a few months now. When we first added the Stinger to our test fleet, we all really enjoyed it. One of our editors, Tommy Flanagan, noted, "It’s definitely a sleeper, but once you put it in Sport mode, it takes on a Jekyll and Hyde attitude. It’s extremely fast, has a great exhaust growl and handles really well." The Stinger even made it onto our list of Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2018. Most of our time behind the wheel has been spent asking "This is a Kia?" Well, that and fending off the crowds that seem to gather whenever the car is parked in public — more on that later.
As much as we like the car, we recently had to take it to the dealership for an ignition coil failure. Under heavy acceleration, the engine would sputter and cut out. It was taken to the local Kia dealer, where it was fixed under warranty. However, it did take more than a day to get the car back. While the car was being serviced, the dealership also addressed a technical service bulletin (TSB) on squeaks coming from the rear of the car.
Several editors have basically said the same thing: Despite the awesome looks and fun driving dynamics, we’ve had a few issues and this stands in stark contrast to the other Kia vehicles we’ve had for more than a year — the Cadenza, Optima, Sedona, Sorento — all with essentially no notable problems. Our Stinger GT2 is back on the road, and all seems well. We will definitely continue to monitor the Stinger’s long-term behavior.
Flexibility and Attention
On a positive note, this car proves how useful hatchbacks are. One of our team members easily transported 6-foot boards by simply folding down half of the rear seat. Also, the Stinger continues to get an insane amount of attention: 9 out of 10 times when one of us parks the car while running errands, we are approached by people asking about it. One editor said "This car gets, by far, the most attention I’ve ever seen. It’s second only to a 1959 Studebaker I drove in college." If you don’t like attention, skip the Stinger — everyone wants to talk about it.
Let’s hope Kia is able to get past all of these quality issues, as the 2018 Kia Stinger deserves to be a sales success. Find a Kia Stinger for sale
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