10 reasons to buy the Kia Stinger sports sedan before it’s gone | Taza Khabre

South Korean brand Kia in recent years, it has moved in leaps and bounds. The company has earned an enviable reputation thanks to a generous warranty from the manufacturer, and many buyers bought Kia cars for this very reason. Although his cars have made good financial and sound purchases, many gearheads have traditionally not been attracted to the offerings.

The release of the Stinger in 2017 changed everything, and enthusiasts began to pay attention to Kia for the first time. A newly introduced sports sedan as elegant as the Stinger was hard to ignore, especially because it packed a punch. During the following years Kia further improved the model, making it the best it has ever been today. Unfortunately, Kia has announced the end of production of the Stinger in 2023, making way for an expanded lineup of electric vehicles.

The facts and figures given in the article are taken from Kia and Edmunds.

10 Retail price available

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One of the main advantages of the Stinger was its affordable price. The 2023 model starts at $36,690, which makes it an exceptional value for money. The more powerful GT2 variant has a slightly higher MSRP of $51,890, but when you factor in the performance gains, it’s still great value.

Many of the Stinger’s direct competitors are made by premium European manufacturers and, as a result, have correspondingly high retail prices. Take the Audi A5, for example, which retails for $46,595 for the entry-level model. The BMW 4 Series is a similar story, with the base 430i coupe starting at $48,395.

Related: 10 things we love about the Audi A5 Sportback

9 A wonderful edition of the Swansong Tribute

2024 Kia ​​Stinger Tribute Limited Edition
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To mark the end of Stinger production, Kia has created a special version. Known as the Tribute Edition, the model will be the flagship of the Stinger lineup. Kia will produce 1,000 copies worldwide, and this will be the sportiest version. Two stunning yet understated Ascot Green and Moonscape Gray color options will be available.

Under the hood, Kia will equip the Stinger Tribute Edition with a powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. In many ways, the Tribute Edition also pays tribute to the internal combustion engine, and electrification is inevitable in the Kia lineup. The model is pretty unobtrusive, with black mirror caps, gloss black 19-inch alloy wheels and even black Brembo brake calipers in the Performance trim. Stunning Terracotta Brown Nappa leather has been used inside to create a strong look.

Productivity

0-60 mph

4.9 seconds

The highest speed

167 mph

Equipped mass

4179 pounds

Horsepower

373 hp

A turning point

376 lb-ft

Model

3.3 T-GDi V6

Related: 10 things we now know about the 2023 Kia Stinger Tribute Edition

8 A line of powerful engines

Kia-Stinger-Turbo engine
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Kia has put some great engines under the hood of the Stinger. Buyers can choose between two turbocharged offerings, with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine. Producing 300 horsepower, the unit is a reliable proposition and is able to propel the Stinger from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

For the gear-lovers among us, the V6 variant will undoubtedly be a tempting proposition. The 3.3-liter unit produces a powerful 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Stinger is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Performance: 2.5-liter engine

0-60 mph

5.3 seconds

The highest speed

130 mph

Equipped mass

3725 lbs

Horsepower

300 horsepower

A turning point

311 lb-ft

Model

2.5 liter inline 4

Performance: 3.3-liter engine

0-60 mph

4.7 seconds

The highest speed

167 mph

Equipped mass

4179 pounds

Horsepower

373 horsepower

A turning point

376 lb-ft

Model

3.3L twin-turbo V6

7 Current costs

Kia-Stinger-Rear lights
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Being able to afford a car isn’t just about being able to pay the purchase price or monthly payments. In order to legally drive a car on the road, there are many other costs involved. From road tax to insurance, fuel and of course maintenance, the costs of ownership can add up quickly. Fortunately, the Kia Stinger is a surprisingly cheap sports car to own and maintain.

Kia provides an excellent warranty on the Stinger. In many ways, the brand’s aftermarket warranty is best in class. The Stinger comes standard with five-year or 60,000-mile limited coverage and a five-year or 100,000-mile puncture warranty. Saving the best for last, Kia guarantees the powertrain for ten years or 100,000 miles, providing significant peace of mind. This is especially true for high-powered cars like the Stinger, which can be driven often.

Related: Kia’s new limited edition EV6 will be an exclusive, stylish SUV

6 Split personality

Kia-Stinger-Drifting
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The Kia Stinger is a highly adaptable sports sedan. During normal day-to-day driving, Comfort Mode keeps the model calm and poised, providing both the restraint and practicality required of a 4-door family sedan. “Ecomode” is a similar story, working to maximize savings and reduce operating costs. “Sport mode” will be the most interesting for gearboxes and is primarily aimed at getting maximum performance from the Stinger. In addition to increased responsiveness, the weight of the steering is increased, and the paddle shifters come into their own.

“Smart mode” is designed as a mixture of all driving modes with automatic switching to the most suitable mode. The setup simultaneously helps reduce fuel consumption, provides quick throttle response and provides comfort when needed. If none of these modes suit your driving style, Kia has even created a “Custom Mode” that drivers can customize to their own preferences.

5 Elite interior

Kia Stinger Cabin
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The Stinger Salon is a really nice place to hang out. In many ways, it’s a step up from most other Kia models and can really challenge the luxurious interiors of premium models. High quality materials such as Nappa leather and genuine metal provide a premium look and feel and are widely used.

Front seat passengers benefit from both heating and ventilation, helping to maintain the desired optimum temperature. The passenger can even use the 8-position power adjustment, which helps to get the perfect seat angle and provides comfort.

4 Impressive security

Kia-Stinger-Zad
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The Kia Stinger is a great deal for those buyers who prioritize safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2022 model with the prestigious Top Safety Pick+ rating, and we look forward to the 2023 update. The Stinger comes standard with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and even lane departure warning with lane keep assist.

With all these safety technologies, the Kia Stinger is well equipped to protect its occupants should it be lucky enough to be involved in a collision.

3 Stylization of a sleeping car

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When the Kia Stinger was first introduced in 2017, the car’s styling shook up the automotive world. Until now, the Korean brand Kia was best known for its rather bland and uninspiring Econobox hatches and boxy SUVs. The Stinger’s sleek and desirable silhouette was a real shape-shifter and a strong statement of intent.

Another surprise was the Stinger’s market positioning, aiming squarely at premium German manufacturers such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. The Stinger featured a sleek and expressive version of Kia’s iconic tiger-nose grille and 19-inch alloy wheels that gave it a sporty edge. Although the Stinger was a great car, it wasn’t flashy and had an understated design. Combined with the performance under the hood, the Kia Stinger was the perfect sleeper. Check out the rendering of the Stinger GT2 Wagon, it’s very special.

2 Strong driving dynamics

Kia-Stinger-On Road
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Not only has Kia invested in the Stinger’s styling, the brand has also made a significant investment in driving dynamics. The Stinger has good damping, thanks to which body roll is minimized, and the car remains calm on narrow and winding roads.

Dynamic Torque Vectoring delivers power exactly where it’s needed and works in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system where it’s needed. For those who want to have fun drifting, the rear-wheel drive versions are definitely the best choice, allowing the rear end to slide.

1 Generously equipped

Corner view of the Kia-Stinger cabin
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The Stinger has a high level of standard equipment. A centrally mounted 8.0-inch touchscreen is the backbone of the Stinger’s ‘UVO’ infotainment system. A 10-by-3-inch touch screen is also available, which makes it easier to work with the interface while driving.

Smartphone users are well catered for as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. As for the audio system, the options list includes a powerful 15-speaker Harman/Kardon system, while the default option is a generous nine speakers.

Standard equipment:

  • Audio system with nine speakers

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation

  • Projection display

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