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
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