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2018 Kia Stinger Ownership: Tone Deaf

It’s almost been a year since we received our 2018 Kia Stinger, and after so much time behind the wheel, I’ve grown accustomed to the Korean sport sedan as a daily driver. It’s become my default — the car that I enjoy driving home in after a day pounding keys at the office or disembarking a crowded flight from who knows where. Not only that, but the Stinger’s been great on road trips, a consistent head turner and even dog friendly enough for my massive mastiff. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but the Stinger has consistently proven itself to be an excellent fit for my life.

Killing Me Softly

About a week ago, I had to drive down to Savannah, Georgia for a media event and opted to drive the Stinger instead of flying. The drive from Atlanta to Savannah clocks in at about three and a half hours, which means it makes more sense to drive there than to fly — not to mention that while driving there are no security checks, cramped seating or forced compliance aboard a tin can speeding thousands of feet above the Earth’s surface, but I digress. The Stinger has been great on long drives due to its adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, but one feature on this last drive was somewhat lacking — the volume of the turn signal alert.

That Guy

Have you ever seen someone driving along the highway with their turn signal on, oblivious to the fact that they are indicating to the world that they are going to switch lanes, but continue to drive straight without deviation? You’re just there anticipating them to make a move that never comes, a virtual “Waiting for Godot” of the Interstate. You flick your high beams. Maybe you even honk your horn. Finally, you get fed up and pass these people, mutter obscenities from the cabin of your vehicle and wonder how someone that dumb can get a license in the first place. Those people are terrible. Those people shouldn’t be allowed to drive. This past week, I was one of those people.

I listen to Pandora through the Stinger’s Apple CarPlay quite a bit while driving and on this trip in particular I had the Wu Tang station pumping out nothing but certified bangers. At one point after switching lanes, I neglected to turn off the directional and with the volume of the music drowning out the sound of the turn signal, proceeded to drive for a couple of miles before I noticed that the indicator was still on. I was wondering why so many people were flashing their brights and angrily passing me — as it turns out I’m no rocket surgeon.

It Ain’t My Fault

While the temporary embarrassment of the situation is minor, it does make me wish that the volume of the turn signal sound could be increased via controls in the infotainment system. Many of the other sounds in the vehicle, from the radio to the audible navigation directions can be raised or lowered, so hopefully this will be something that Kia addresses in future iterations. Still, my affinity for our 2018 Kia Stinger hasn’t been diminished by the incident, and I look forward to these last few weeks behind the wheel before our time together is done. Find a Kia Stinger for sale

Check out our 2018 Kia Stinger New Car Review

Rob Nestora
I’ve been working as an editor and content producer on the team for about six years. I love cars and technology, so working on a website with an automotive focus is a perfect fit.

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