Precise and engaging to drive; GT engine outdoes pricier competitors; generous standard features for the money; ample passenger and cargo space
Steering can be nervous on certain highway surfaces; far-away touchscreen; no manual transmission available
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.
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
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.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
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.