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author photo by Autotrader February 2018

If you're torn between buying a car that's practical and reliable or one that's sporty, you really need to check out the new 2018 Kia Stinger.

Pricing, Power & Specs

Probably one of the most buzzed about new cars of the year, the Stinger is like having three cars in one. It's fast, comfortable and practical.

There are five trims to choose from and two engines: a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 making 365 horsepower.

We got to check out the top-of-the-line GT2 version. All trims come with optional AWD but it adds about $2,000 to the price, and we prefer the feel of the rear-wheel-drive version.

First Impressions, Drive & Handling

There's no question the Stinger will turn heads with its low-slung good looks. And the interior has a refined, Euro vibe that you might see in a luxury sport sedan.

As for speed, off the line it's something else ... and it's very composed around corners.

Keep in mind, this car hits 60 in 4.7 seconds. That's faster than the latest Porsche Panamera, BMW 640i and Audi A5. Let that sink in a second.

It's fast, but the ride isn't SO overly connected to the road that you feel every little thing. You still get that smooth grand touring comfort combined with good handling.

Interior Styling & Convenience

Inside, there are plenty of standard features, like passive entry, a 12-way adjustable driver's seat, heated leather, push-button start, dual-zone climate control and parking sensors.

The only thing that may take some getting used to is the electronic shifter with a PARK button.

With all the eye candy, it's easy to forget how practical the Stinger really is. The roomy backseat is comfortable for most adults, and we really like the hatchback trunk. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo space is almost like having a compact crossover.

Technology & Safety

And you'll love the high-end Harman Kardon stereo. It's got a split subwoofer design that maximizes the bass without sacrificing trunk space.

There's also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, and everything is easy to navigate. However, you may find the touchscreen a tad out of reach, so check that out to see if it's a deal breaker for you.

On the upside, Kia offers an impressive suite of safety tech that includes a head-up display and a driver-attention warning system that alerts you when you seem drowsy or distracted. Keep in mind, with this body style, the available rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring features are worth the money!

Bottom line, the 2018 Kia Stinger is living up to the hype. It's also shockingly affordable compared to other track-worthy sedans and should be very popular with those shopping for a fun, yet practical 4-door.

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