2021 Kia Stinger

MSRP range: $33,090 - $52,590
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2021 Kia Stinger Review

  • Sporty and stylish appearance
  • Entertaining levels of performance
  • Refined interior with hatchback utility
  • Generous warranty coverage
  • Limited space for rear passengers
  • Ride quality can get a little jittery at times
  • Sloping roofline hampers rear visibility
  • The Stinger has no significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the first Stinger generation introduced for 2018

The 2021 Kia Stinger is not your everyday sedan. With its coupe-like styling, standard rear-wheel drive and an available turbocharged V6 engine that thumps out 365 horsepower, the Stinger evokes the style and performance of a European sport sedan. Yet it's also quite practical — its hatchback design opens up more cargo room than almost any other sedan in its class — and comes with Kia's great warranty. 

Granted, this sedan isn't for everybody. It's more expensive than commonplace sedans such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and (arguably) not as prestigious as an Audi or a BMW. But overall we think Kia has come up with a great niche sedan that delivers impressive performance at an accessible price.

What's it like to live with?

Want to know even more about the Kia Stinger? Check out our editorial experts' long-term test of a Kia Stinger GT2. How was the interior and visibility from inside this fastback sedan? Was the cargo room big enough for road trips? How was our Stinger GT test car's reliability? Learn this and more from our yearlong 20,000-mile test. Note that while we tested a 2018 Stinger, our observations still apply to the 2021 model as well.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
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The Stinger delivers sharp performance with very few concessions. Build quality is strong, and the spacious hatchback has plenty of room. Kia also backs up the Stinger with longer-than-average warranties.
The Stinger is fun to drive. We tested the GT. It doesn't launch very hard from a full stop, but nail the accelerator at speed and you'll be impressed by the thrust from the twin-turbo V6. Our test car posted a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds. That's quick, though some comparable luxury sport sedans are a little quicker.

Around turns, this big sedan exhibits some body roll even when the dampers are in their Sport setting. Still, the Stinger GT handles well and responds the moment you start moving the wheel. The steering effort is moderate, in contrast to the too-light feeling in other Kias.
In the standard Comfort driving mode, the GT's adaptive suspension dampers smooth out road imperfections. The ride is firmer in Sport mode but livable. But the Stinger lacks the ride sophistication of luxury sedans, and it can get a little jittery on coarse pavement.

Seat comfort is also a little lacking. The front seats are supportive and offer multiple adjustments, but some might find the padding overly firm. The seat bottom is also on the narrow side. Little wind or road noise makes it inside the cabin, allowing for a quiet ride without much vibration either. The V6 engine has a constant pleasing sound that kicks up a notch in Sport mode.
Drivers have a wide range of adjustability on the top GT2 trim's sport seats, even at the side bolsters and thigh extension. It's easy to find the perfect position. The steering wheel is highly adjustable as well. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to get in and out. The doorsills are wide, and the rear roofline requires passengers to duck to enter.

Space in the front seat is reasonable, though taller drivers might brush the roof on models with a sunroof. The rear is less hospitable, with restricted headroom and legroom. The touchscreen is a bit of a reach from the driving position as well, and it can be difficult to see over the high hood from the low seating position.
Connectivity in the Stinger is straightforward and effective. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and the 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system on most models pumps out high-quality sound.

Safety-wise, most trims also come with Smart Cruise Control, an adaptive cruise control system that can bring the Stinger GT down to a full stop. Forward collision mitigation and lane keeping assist are standard on the GT1 and GT2 trims.
The Stinger makes the most of its hatchback design. It easily bests the carrying capabilities of a typical sedan. The hands-free hatch that activates when you stand behind the bumper for a few seconds is a nice touch. Up front, the Stinger has a sufficient amount of storage space for small items.

For small-child transport, the Stinger has outboard car seat anchors that are hidden behind covers. The anchors themselves are inset pretty far from the front of the covers. The top tether points are located about halfway down the seatback. You'll have to move the cargo cover to reach the tether points.
The EPA estimates that the base Stinger with a four-cylinder engine gets up to 25 mpg combined. Then there's a sharp drop to 20 mpg for the V6. In both cases, the Stinger lags behind other cars with comparable performance.
Kia's warranties are among the longest in the industry. This extensive coverage figures heavily into the value equation. The Stinger also offers good bang for the buck on its own accord. It has unique buttons and components compared with the rest of the Kia lineup, plus soft surfaces on the doors and attractive trim on the dash. From a base model all the way up to a GT2, the Stinger gives you a pleasing combo of luxury and performance.
The Stinger offers head-turning styling and backs it up with true sport-sedan handling. We also like its approachable demeanor, which makes the Stinger a breeze to drive easily and a blast to drive hard. We suspect new owners will approve.

Which Stinger does Edmunds recommend?

The turbocharged four-cylinder is fine, but the Stinger is a sport sedan through and through. You owe it to yourself to get the most powerful version possible. That makes the GT the best starting point. For our money, the GT1 is the way to go. Over and above the base GT, you get all manner of performance and luxury bits, including adaptive suspension dampers, ventilated seats, a larger touchscreen and a kicking sound system. We think it's a steal.

Kia Stinger models

The 2021 Kia Stinger is a midsize sedan with a hatchback-style liftgate. It is sold in four trims: GT-Line, GT, GT1 and GT2. The GT-Line is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (255 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque). All others use a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 (365 hp, 376 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard across the board, and all-wheel drive is available on any trim. Feature highlights include:

The entry-level GT-Line starts you off with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)

The Stinger GT-Line has one notable option package:

  • Sun and Sound package
    • Sunroof
    • Power-adjustable passenger seat
    • 8-inch touchscreen
    • Navigation system
    • 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system

In addition to the potent V6 engine, upgrading to the GT nets you:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Limited-slip differential (RWD only; enhances available traction when accelerating)
  • Torque vectoring (AWD only; enhances available traction and handling balance)
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Front parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Stinger and the car in front)

The GT1 includes additional luxury features, such as:

  • Adaptive suspension dampers (improves both ride comfort and handling)
  • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Automatic wipers
  • Sunroof
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation system
  • 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)

The range-topping GT2 includes everything above, plus:

  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Adjustable thigh extension and side bolsters for driver's seat
  • Four-way lumbar adjustment for passenger seat
  • Heated rear seats
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Stinger and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Kia Stinger.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
6 total reviews
5 star reviews: 33%
4 star reviews: 67%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, A well balanced high performance GT!
GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
We had been looking at the Stinger since it's release and finally got around to buying one. It was our sixth new Kia from Peak Kia in Littleton, CO and 8th overall, so it's safe to say we're Kia fans. I've always been a big fan of Kia's return on investment, and the 2021 Stinger GT2 AWD is the best example of that. It's very well designed, You can have a leisurely commute and then jump into a high performance bit and always be in control. It has enough power to get you into trouble, but enough features and tech to keep you out of it. This car is certainly a 'halo' car for the brand, and has been useful in shaking out some of the newer tech that's filtered down into the rest of the lineup this year. I take the head-up display HUD for granted a lot and really would like to see it standard on more cars because it really keeps your focus on the road and not looking down at the instrument panel. Especially useful on a commute as you can see the blind spot indicators on the HUD without even turning your head. The 360 camera is also great. Moving the ride mode to 'Sport' mode is really great as the driver seat bolsters move in to 'hug' you, just to let you know that you may be in for some g-forces (which you can call up on a gauge, by the way. The only 'complaint' is that the Apple CarPlay version in the 2021 requires a charging cable connected to it for communication, but the vehicle also has wireless charging and bluetooth which is inconvenient, and when you have a large phone like an iPhone 12 pro max it barely fits to begin with (once you trim the rubber pad on the charger. Wireless connections would be appreciated here.
4/5 stars, Nice Drive But Watch The Rattle
Stinger GT,
GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The ride for the GT Line is great! For the money both seats should be automatic! The biggest issue is the trunk rattles at low speeds. The issue is known for the Stinger model (google it). I brought mine in - the issue was not corrected- will be going back.
5/5 stars, Go-GT2
Kenny from Atlanta ,
GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Had this car for 3 months now and I have no complaints. I like the comfort of the drivers seat the heads up display is great. You now your speed, which when driving this car you need to keep track, and with the lane assist you always know when you get distracted. It’s fast and yet doesn’t get the attention from the police. People who had look at, driven or read car magazines knows this car and how it performs. Couldn’t be happier.
4/5 stars, Almost Perfect
Kyle H.,
GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The overall appeal and feel of this vehicle is great! I went with the 2021 Kia stinger GT line. It's the 2 l turbo, now this thing absolutely does not have a bunch of power initially but it's got a bunch of potential. The overall feeling and handling of it is almost perfect I believe the sway bar is definitely need upgraded to give it a little bit more less of a flex around turns but the overall strength of the structure is perfect. It's very long and there's plenty of space in it for a sports sedan. The aesthetics of it are absolutely amazing although the headlights come with halogen bulbs in them compared to the upgraded model that has amazing LEDs so I had to swap those bulbs out immediately after buying it. I believe there should be some more safety features that come stock in it no matter what but I do give the car four out of five stars.

2021 Kia Stinger videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: When you think of the brand Kia, your mind probably wanders to the idea of fuel efficient hatchbacks and value priced SUVs. But what if I told you they made an attractive rear drive and also fun to drive near premium sedan called the Stinger? It's that guy right there. [MUSIC PLAYING] Under the hood in front of us is 365 horsepower courtesy of a twin turbo V6, which goes through an automatic transmission to the rear wheels. You can get this car with all-wheel drive. But the one that we're driving right now only drives through the rear tires. And that should create some performance benefits when under handling, but we'll see how well it does putting that power to the ground in this acceleration test. Now the first thing we do in this situation is just turn the car on, let it warm up, leave it in the comfort settings, and mash the gas and see what kind of acceleration we're going to get. And that's what we'll do now. Three, two, one. Good acceleration once the turbos get on boost. Pulls good, and the high RPM's at high speed. [MUSIC PLAYING] That's solid performance for just the key-up settings without having to launch the vehicle at all. When you roll onto the gas pedal, there's a little bit of a delay as the turbochargers start getting boost. It's a hot day out too, so that's going to affect acceleration somewhat. Now this is not a straight up sports car, it's more of a sporty sedan. But it still feels good when you get on the gas pedal, especially once you're at speed. OK for run number two, I'm going to put the drive mode in sport. I'm going to hold this stability control button until it gets turned off completely. There we go. Then I'm going to hold the brake with my left foot, roll onto the gas with my right, let the engine speed build up, and then release the brake, and see if that can help improve acceleration. Let's go ahead and do that. Got launch control or something like that, I saw a display on the dash. [ENGINE ACCELERATION] And that does improve acceleration by a good amount to 60. [ENGINE ACCELERATION] And a fair amount to the quarter mile too, cut a couple of tenths off. It didn't really feel like traditional launch control. I just felt like I was just on the brake, and mashing the gas, and automatic transmission. But there was an improvement in acceleration. My number three, I'm going to leave it in sport mode and I'm going to stay on the gas a little bit longer while holding the brake. And see if that helps get us out of the hole quicker. Let's do that. It only lets it go to about 20 to 50 RPM, no more than that. And what's interesting, too, is I'm not hearing any wheel spin, no tires squealing. So I don't know if all wheel drive is going to help this thing and go faster in a straight line. [ENGINE ACCELERATION] A hundredth faster in the quarter mile there. So not a dramatic improvement, that could be rounding. [MUSIC PLAYING] The center point of this vehicle has to be this twin turbo 365 horsepower v-6. That's the first thing you notice when you hop inside and when you get on it, because it really packs a lot of power. [ENGINE ACCELERATION] More than that 365 horsepower figure might lead you to believe. And I think it's the way the power is delivered. It comes in so broadly from this turbocharged engine, and smoothly, too. And that really works well, because this is a big sedan. It still weighs 4,000 pounds, even in the rear wheel drive variant we have right here. And that power just needs to be able to motivate something of this size and of this mass around. And it does that, and it does it very well. When you get this thing on a freeway, when you lay into the gas pedal, it's going to feel as big and as powerful as you would hope a sporty style sedan would. The transmission does its job. There's a little bit of delay from the shift pedals, but that's something I never really get too worked up against, because this is not something I'm going to be chasing lap times with. This is something I'm going to be chasing a enjoyable experience while driving. This delivers that pretty well. We're on a pretty sticky Michelin tire, a Pilot Sport 4 on this test car. You can hear them protesting from the front as I push in a little bit too hard. And that seems to be the default handling characteristics from this vehicle. And it works out well. Now, listen, you can provoke slides. You have the power to do it. You have a limited slip with the v6 engine. And they're very controllable, easy to drive-through, because you have such quick steering, because you have a longer wheel base. It's something that's genuinely fun to throw around. That said, the stability control does come in pretty harshly and pretty quickly in its default setting. So I recommend putting the traction mode off or turning it off completely if you know what you're doing. Don't do that just willy-nilly, be safe. It's going to auto upshift even in the manual setting. I guess that's OK, because then I don't have to worry about trying to guess when it shifts or not. Now one area that this car has been faltering a little bit, on this test day specifically, is the braking. The numbers are good and the initial performance is good. But sustain hard braking is something that we've seen a little bit of degradation from. Not the end of the world, we've seen far worse on some sporting cars. Again, there's a little bit of that stability control intervention, which isn't too bad, I've got to admit. Into that corner too fast, wrong wind, you get some understeer. The handling on this is approachable, it is fun. It's a nice balance. Though, when you start pushing really, really, hard, you lack some of the more sophisticated elements you might find out of similarly priced sports cars. Sports sedans are few and far between at this price, but the sports cars at this price level give you a little bit more refined handling. The rear on this, when you're really on it, it has a little more movement there than you'd expect. The heave and hunch of the rear comes up a little bit short. The lateral stability comes away really nicely and progressively. The important thing about a sporty car is that it still gives you that sensation of sportiness, how nimble it makes the car feel when you're not in the right gear, when you're out of the power band. Do you still feel like you're in something special? And I've got to say from the response of the wheel, it does feel like that. And that's a nice feat. This thing has a lot going for it. It drives close to the way it looks, especially when you have the big power that this thing does. All in all, I'm a fan. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let's take a look at the interior of this thing. At first glance, it's a pretty impressive look. You have a really good initial sensation or feel for when you sit in this interior. And that's because this is the fully loaded highest option version of the car you can get. And that's why it costs close to $50,000. The quality of the materials is generally very strong, and that's what helps give the sort of refined appearance that you'd expect of a car that costs this much. I like the trim around the dash right here, although the design of the vents looks suspiciously familiar to what you might see in a Mercedes Benz. Still though, if you're going to borrow some ideas, you might as well borrow from really strong ones, right? Now the brightwork on the center console here and some of the trims around the rest of the car looks really good. It's not too flashy, it doesn't reflect the sun too much. But it provides a nice contrast with the amount of black that you see in this interior. Let's fire the car up. [ENGINE START] And it doesn't make too much drama when you turn on. It's a pretty subdued response. And that kind of meshes with the sort of near premium sportiness feeling this car is attempting to deliver. And I think it does it quite well. Overall, the interior is straight forward and close to what I might call elegant, maybe. I like the switches down here that control the heated and ventilated seats, the diode that controls the drive mode. It's really easy and feels good to switch back and forth. You can also customize how you want your sport drive mode to behave. And that's a, you know, nice thing I've got the active engine sound set to enhanced. It's how I like to drive. Now in front of us, we have a traditional gauge cluster, two analog gauges on the sides. In the middle, there's a digital display that can show you different information like your speedometer. And above that, we have a head up display that can relay some safety information navigation prompts, too. Generally, this interior is very strong, very nice looking. There's a couple of warts. The one that sticks out most prominently to me is the material they use in the center of the steering wheel. It stands out, because it just doesn't look as nice as everything else. And I wish that you had a different material or a higher quality looking material right here. This is a sedan, so we have to talk about backseats. The design of this car uses a roof line that slopes pretty aggressively. And that's what helps it look the way it does. It gives it that sporty, you know, high class look. And that means headroom is a little bit tight in the rear if you sit straight up. If you slouch, it should be fine for average height adults and for kids, no problem. I'd also say this touch screen right here takes a little bit of a reach to get to, and that's, you know, something you notice when you have your phone plugged in, and you're using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But the fact that you get those is really nice. And I'd much rather have that and a touch screen than have to use a rotary dial here to maneuver through those systems. But overall, I think generally anybody who buys this car is going to feel very happy with the way this looks and feels and operates. [MUSIC PLAYING] For the first outing with a car like this, Kia has built something pretty special with a powerful engine, a fun to drive chassis, and a nice approach to luxury in the interior as well. We're sure anybody who's looking for a family sedan is going to really enjoy driving this thing. If you like what you see, keep it tuned right here. And be sure to visit edmunds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Kia Stinger GT Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Kia Stinger, but since the 2021 Kia Stinger is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
22 City / 29 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 255 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Length: 190.2 in. / Height: 55.1 in. / Width: 73.6 in.
Curb Weight: 3611 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 23.3 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Stinger safety features:

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance
Alerts you if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't react in time.
Lane Keep Assist
Warns if you are drifting out of your lane and gently nudges you back.
Blind-Spot Collision Warning System
Illuminates a warning light if a car is in your blind spot and beeps if you activate your turn signal in that direction.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover8.7%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test

Kia Stinger vs. the competition

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Kia Stinger vs. Kia K5

The Kia K5 is all-new for 2021 and serves as the replacement for the Optima. The K5 and the Stinger are both midsize sedans, but the K5 prioritizes passenger comfort over driver involvement. There are sporty versions of the K5, including one with a turbocharged engine with 290 horsepower. Even so, the K5's front-wheel-drive architecture limits its ultimate performance potential.

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Kia Stinger vs. Genesis G70

The Stinger and the Genesis G70 are mechanically related. The G70's design is a little more muted, and it has a more traditional trunk versus the Stinger's hatchback. The G70 is also a little nicer inside, especially if you opt for a version with quilted leather seats. Despite its more upscale feel, the Genesis doesn't cost much more than the Kia.

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Kia Stinger vs. Dodge Charger

The Stinger and the Dodge Charger both offer strong performance at an affordable price, but their approaches to achieve this goal are quite different. While the Stinger is lithe and dynamic, the Charger is brash and brawny. The Charger is considerably larger, and it eschews turbocharged engines for a range of big, naturally aspirated V8s. While the Charger has undeniable charm, the Stinger easily holds its own here.

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2021 Kia Stinger First Impressions

What is the Stinger?

The Kia Stinger is not your everyday four-door sedan. With its fastback, coupe-like styling and available turbocharged V6 engine with 365 horsepower, the Stinger has both practicality and hair-raising performance right out of the box. Its hatchback trunk offers an impressive 23.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity. At a starting price of $34,125 and $40,535 for the turbo V6 for 2020, the Stinger offers genuine sporty performance without sacrificing practicality or build quality.

A few years after the Stinger's grand debut, Kia is expected to make small but impactful updates to the Stinger. Spy photographers have captured images of prototypes with slight styling changes, such as a light bar that stretches across the rear end. But the Stinger could also gain more dramatic upgrades, such as a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen (up from 7 inches) and an optional 10.25-inch screen (up from 8 inches). The Stinger may also add adaptive headlights that turn with the steering wheel to light up the path into corners and seats with automatically adjusting side bolsters to hold drivers in place in Sport mode. We also expect the 2021 Stinger to expand upon its slate of driver safety aids.

We recommend the 2020 Stinger currently on sale for performance-minded buyers, but won't blame you for waiting. The 2021 version is likely to bring a new look and welcome features that will only increase its considerable value.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The Kia Stinger brings a strong combination of sportiness and value to the table, and we expect updates for 2021 to add to the equation without affecting the bottom line much.


Is the Kia Stinger a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Stinger both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.2 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Stinger fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Stinger gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Stinger has 23.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Stinger. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Kia Stinger?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Kia Stinger:

  • The Stinger has no significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the first Stinger generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Kia Stinger reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Stinger is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Stinger. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Stinger's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Kia Stinger a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Kia Stinger is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Stinger and gave it a 8.2 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Stinger is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Kia Stinger?

The least-expensive 2021 Kia Stinger is the 2021 Kia Stinger GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,090.

Other versions include:

  • GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $33,090
  • GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $52,590
  • GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $50,390
  • GT1 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $47,690
  • GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $45,490
  • GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $39,590
  • GT-Line 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $35,290
  • GT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,790
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What are the different models of Kia Stinger?

If you're interested in the Kia Stinger, the next question is, which Stinger model is right for you? Stinger variants include GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and GT1 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Stinger models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Kia Stinger Overview

The 2021 Kia Stinger is offered in the following submodels: Stinger Sedan. Available styles include GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT1 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT-Line 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and GT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Kia Stinger models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 3.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 365 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Kia Stinger comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Kia Stinger comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Kia Stinger?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Kia Stinger and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Stinger 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Stinger.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Kia Stinger and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Stinger featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Kia Stinger?

2021 Kia Stinger GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Kia Stinger GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,245. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Stinger GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,656 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,656 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,589.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Stinger GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Kia Stinger GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Kia Stinger GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,140. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Stinger GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,816 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,816 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,324.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Stinger GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Kia Stinger GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Kia Stinger GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,025. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Stinger GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,010 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,010 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,015.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Stinger GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Kia Stinger GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Stinger GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Kia Stinger GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,040. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Stinger GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,175 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,175 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,865.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Stinger GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Kia Stinger GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Kia Stingers are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Kia Stinger?

2021 Kia Stinger GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
25 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/29 highway MPG

2021 Kia Stinger GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
20 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/25 highway MPG

2021 Kia Stinger GT1 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
20 compined MPG,
17 city MPG/25 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG25
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume117.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase114.4 in.
Length190.2 in.
Width73.6 in.
Height55.1 in.
Curb Weight3611 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Kia Stinger?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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