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2018 Kia Stinger Ownership: Wet Roads

I’m no meteorologist, but 2018 seems to have been one of the rainiest years ever in Atlanta, Georgia. Bad news for a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan like the Kia Stinger, right? Maybe or maybe not. Even though we did not opt for the all-wheel-drive version of the Kia, the car still remains sure-footed and fun even when it’s raining. Part of the credit goes to the balanced stability control system — it’s not too strict or intrusive, but it’s also programmed to keep you safe even if the driver is a little too gas-happy on wet roads.

Another key to the Stinger’s wet-weather competence are the tires. The Stinger GT2 we have has a staggered set up meaning the front and rear tires are different sizes. Specifically, the rear tires, the ones that push the car forward in our 2-wheel drive GT2, are wider than the front tires. If you want to geek out on the specs — the Stinger GT2 gets 225/40 R19 tires up front and 255/35 R19 in the rear. These are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. Non GT models get 18-in wheels and tires, while the more powerful GT cars get 19s. This is just one indication as to just how serious a performance car the Kia Stinger is. If you’ve been thinking of the Stinger as a “sportier Optima” think again. The Kia Stinger is a proper performance car that can easily run with cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more.

Normally, this might be a little too much info for the average Autotrader shopper, but the bottom line here is that the Stinger GT is a good car and fun to drive in any city from San Diego, California to Savannah, Georgia. If you live in a place where it snows quite a bit, you might want to look into the AWD version of the Stinger. Find a Kia Stinger for sale

Check out our 2018 Kia Stinger New Car Review

Brian Moody
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 about Brian Moody

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