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2019 Kia Stinger

Original MSRP Range
$32,990--$52,400
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
17--22 MPG City / 25--29 MPG Hwy
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2019 Kia Stinger

What We Like

Precise and engaging to drive; GT engine outdoes pricier competitors; generous standard features for the money; ample passenger and cargo space

What We Don't

Steering can be nervous on certain highway surfaces; far-away touchscreen; no manual transmission available

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Kia Stinger?

For 2019, the base Stinger gains a blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic detection and new 18-inch alloy wheels. The Premium and GT1 trims pick up Kia's Advanced Driver Assist System, wireless phone charging and ventilated front seats, while the base GT gets a limited-slip rear differential. The GT2 adds a Surround View monitor and heated rear seats.

Which Stinger is the Best?

If you're just looking for a cool, fun-to-drive car with lots of space and equipment, you really don't need anything more than the base Stinger. The GT1 is probably the smartest bet among the V6-powered models. Sure, if you've got the cash for the GT2, go for it, but the GT1's adaptive suspension and ample extra niceties make it a good compromise. Find a Kia Stinger for sale

How Much Does a 2019 Kia Stinger Cost?

The 2019 Kia Stinger is available in five trim levels: The 4-cylinder-powered base and Premium and the V6-powered GT, GT1 and GT2. All can be optioned with AWD for an extra $2,200. All pricing listed below includes a $995 destination charge.

The base Stinger ($33,895) is very well equipped. It comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a temporary spare tire, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, LED running lights, heated power-folding mirrors, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning, heated 8-way power front seats (with 4-way driver lumbar), leather upholstery, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-in touchscreen, three USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, UVO eServices emergency communications, a 6-speaker sound system with satellite and HD Radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.

The Stinger Premium ($40,095) adds bi-LED headlights, a sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, an electronic parking brake, Advanced Driver Assist System (forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency automatic braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning, a driver-inattention warning system, automatic high beams and automatic wipers), ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, driver memory functions, a 7-in color instrument cluster screen, an 8-in touchscreen interface, integrated navigation and a 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The Stinger GT ($40,095) effectively reverts to the base equipment level but adds the more powerful engine, 19-in wheels, launch control, electronic limited-slip rear differential, variable ratio steering, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, different exterior trim and aluminum interior trim. Exceptions would include standard bi-LED headlights and a 9-speaker sound system.

The Stinger GT1 ($46,095) combines the Premium's extras with those of the GT. It also adds an adaptive suspension and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

The Stinger GT2 ($50,985) includes the heated outboard rear seats, a Surround View monitor plus a limited-slip differential, an electronic shifter, a power hatchback, a 12-way power driver seat with adjustable side bolsters and thigh extension, 4-way passenger lumbar, ventilated front seats, premium Nappa leather and a head-up display.

Options for the base Stinger include a Sun and Sound package that adds Harman Kardon audio, navigation, LED headlamps and a power sunroof.

Stinger Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Stinger Base AWD$35,190 / $33,0084 Cylinder Turbo25521 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger Base RWD$32,990 / $30,9454 Cylinder Turbo25522 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GT AWD$41,500 / $38,9296 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GT RWD$39,300 / $36,8666 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GT1 AWD$47,500 / $44,5576 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GT1 RWD$45,300 / $42,4936 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GT2 AWD$52,400 / $49,1516 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GT2 RWD$50,200 / $47,0876 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GTS AWD$46,400 / $43,5236 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger GTS RWD$44,000 / $41,2726 Cylinder Turbo36517 / 258-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger Premium AWD$41,390 / $38,8244 Cylinder Turbo25521 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Stinger Premium RWD$39,190 / $36,7614 Cylinder Turbo25522 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2019 Kia Stinger a Safe Car?

Every Stinger comes standard with front-side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, a driver's-side knee airbag, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning, a rearview camera and UVO eServices emergency communications (automatic collision notification, an emergency call button, stolen vehicle location). The Advance Driver Assistance System package adds forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency automatic braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning and a driver-inattention warning system.

The Stinger had not been crash-tested by a third party at the time of this writing.

Behind the Wheel

Even the 4-cylinder Stinger should be plenty of fun, but the GT represents the Stinger at its absolute best. Its adaptive suspension, variable ratio steering (it's ultra-quick), bigger wheels and limited-slip differential (GT2) combine with a gutsy 365-hp engine to create a car that's highly proficient and precise, yet rewards its driver with plenty of feedback. Even the available AWD system has been tuned to be rear-biased, allowing the Stinger to maintain the feel of a rear-drive car, while still providing all-weather reassurance. That adaptive suspension also provides a surprisingly comfortable ride -- anyone used to German sport sedans should feel right at home.

The interior is a handsome, well-made space that cossets you with ample equipment and a surprising amount of noise isolation. Are the materials as premium as those you'd find in an Audi or a Mercedes? No, but there's still a massive price difference here, and honestly, there's not much of a drop off (if anything) from luxury brands like Acura or Infiniti. We also like the easy-to-use touchscreen interface and its wealth of features, though we wish it was easier to reach.

Space up front is excellent, with a lower, hunkered driving position that's more like a Mustang or a Camaro than a sport sedan. That definitely adds to the cool factor. Adding to the practicality factor is a back seat more akin to an Audi A7 than an A5 Sportback. Comparable to both is the hatchback trunk that boasts 23.3 cu ft. with the back seat raised (a typical sedan has between 13 and 16) and 40.9 cu ft. with it lowered (a wagon typically has between 50 and 60).

5 Year Cost to Own

$50,181 ($0.67 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Paint Protection Pkg

Competition

2019 Kia Stinger vs the competition

2019 Buick Regal Sportback -- Comparable in price and in trunk design, the Regal Sportback lines up well with the base Stinger in most respects, but even the Regal GS can't match the GT's power. This is another good choice for those seeking a more budget-friendly alternative to European luxury models.

2019 Audi A5 and A5 Sportback -- As for European luxury models, the A5 and A5 Sportback are effectively the targets the Stinger is intended to hit. They line up well in terms of body style and performance. Read our Stinger review to know more about how it stacks up with these Audis.

2019 Dodge Charger -- Perhaps something like an Acura TLX or an Infiniti Q50 would be a more logical "competitor," but with its rear-wheel drive, high-powered engine, flashy styling and budget pricing, the Charger sure seems like more of a spiritual equal to the Stinger.

Used Audi A7 -- With its sleek proportions, comparable size and hatchback trunk, the A7 is arguably the car that inspired the Stinger. It's far more expensive, however, so considering a used or certified pre-owned one would probably be in order.

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