2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Road Test

New Updates


2018 Kia Stinger: Wrap-Up

by Edmunds

2018 Kia Stinger

We lived with a 2018 Kia Stinger GT for a year. Here we wrap up the highlights and lowlights of the Kia halo car's performance, comfort, fuel economy, and cargo space.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for April 2019

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
Barring a last-minute reprieve, our time with the 2018 Kia Stinger is almost up. But that doesn't mean we're done piling on the miles (we added over 1,800 miles in April) or making a few more observations about one of the most unique cars on the road. Unbelievably, two members of our staff drove the Stinger for the first time while two others had differing opinions about how practical the cargo area was on the Kia.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for March 2019

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
Time flies. It's been a year since we introduced our 2018 Kia Stinger to the fleet, and you'd think by now we'd have everything ironed out with our red GT missile. But another long road trip gave us time to hypothesize about the inconsistency of the Kia's adaptive cruise control. Also, one of us struggled to understand the design of the Stinger's shift lever. It can't possibly be user error.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Testing Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Kia Stinger GT got to do a bit of highway work in February. The Stinger is Kia's vision of a grand touring car. And while no one will say touring between Los Angeles and Fresno qualifies as "grand," it is more than 200 miles each way and gave us time to revisit some of our earlier musings about the Stinger's long-distance comfort.

Compliments from other drivers also keep coming the Kia's way, but maybe that's because no one's seeing them out on the road as often as they should.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
If there's one thing that can take the shine off a great-handling, fun and immensely practical car like our 2018 Kia Stinger, it's squeaks, creaks and rattles (those are three things, Kurt — Ed.). Over time these things happen, of course, but our Stinger is getting a little too good at imitating a wood floor in an old house. This issue was first noted some months ago, but now it's become something that's impossible to miss. And the culprit looks to be the fancy panoramic sunroof.

But the car is still fast. That's got to count for something, right?

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
Because of the usual end-of-the-year holiday season, our 2018 Kia Stinger was either going to see duty as a festive-looking shuttle for friends, family and presents or get stuck in one place and sit out the holiday season. Unfortunately, it was the latter and the Stinger accumulated only about 600 miles in December.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
November was another quiet month for our 2018 Kia Stinger, and I'm at a bit of a loss to explain why. Coffee talk says the car is generally well-liked, but I have a feeling that with many of us out of the office for various trips and fly-away holidays, the nouveau GT stayed silent. But we've started seeing them around Los Angeles, while battling the side effects of giant chrome bumpers and crossing our fingers that the build quality remains good.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
It can take a few months for cars to start making sense to us, especially when they're as unique as the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. Even then, the opinion formed is derived from a consensus from all editors, as we usually don't get to lock ourselves away with any particular car or truck for more than a couple of days. But our man Brent Romans had the Stinger to himself for a couple of weeks in October and came away with a new appreciation for the Kia. He also might have earned himself a sales commission, not that he'd take it.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Vehicle Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
I didn't really see our 2018 Kia Stinger in the office last month, so I just figured it was out gallivanting around. In reality, it seems to have been chained to a tree, having accumulated less than 500 miles for the month — still enough miles to make some observations, though.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
You could call August a quiet month for our 2018 Kia Stinger GT, with our team only adding about 1,000 miles to its digital odometer. No doubt the Stinger spent most of the month toodling around Southern California with no real chance to stretch its 365-horsepower legs. But this is what we ask of our long-term test cars; not every month is full of glorious road trips.

But that didn't stop us from picking up more key observations along the way. Cameron called Brent a liar (not really, but kind of), Carlos found a rare appreciation for a modern key, and Josh wonders why our Stinger doesn't ride a bit more like our BMW 540i.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Jason Kavanagh, Senior Road Test Engineer

2018 Kia Stinger GT

Where Did We Drive It?
Sometimes cars live up to the hype. Our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger GT's charms have, so far, proved more than just skin-deep. And while its 1,145-mile tally for July may not have a patch on the monstrous near-3,100 miles it traveled in June, it's a solid result for a car that stayed purely local.

Popularity, however, doesn't mean immunity from criticism. As with any car, we've observed a few aspects of the Stinger that could stand improvement. In general, the Stinger's powertrain and routine handling garner a warm reception, while its infotainment and secondary controls receive some modest criticisms.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Will Kaufman, Staff Writer

2018 Kia Stinger GT

Where Did We Drive It?
In June, our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger GT went on a 2,400-mile road trip to scenic Idaho with me, Edmunds Staff Writer Will Kaufman, and my lovely and talented wife, Mrs. Staff Writer. That means this month's update is a special one-off, featuring 100 percent fewer contributions from other Edmunds editors. Yup, it's all Staff Writer Will Kaufman, all the time.

We drove from L.A. to Las Vegas, and thence to Boise, McCall, Ketchum, and Twin Falls (with a detour to Craters of the Moon National Monument) before heading home. Idaho is gorgeous and the burgers are delicious. Unfortunately, we also discovered we were delicious to the local mosquitoes. All in all, the trip was a rousing and relaxing success, and it's a road trip I'd encourage anyone to take. If you have an adventure van or junky Jeep Grand Wagoneer, you'll fit right in.

But how was the sporty Stinger GT as a road-trip companion? I'm glad you asked. I'm also glad you asked me, because no one else is going to get to talk this month.

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2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2018 Kia Stinger

Where Did We Drive It?
We're now more than 3,000 miles into our long-term test of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. But the car is still new enough that not everyone has driven it yet.

In May, we threw the Kia into the mix and spent many days braving the potholes and congestion of neighboring West Los Angeles streets. Other days we ventured onto the equally busy local freeways. We sprinkled in two nights of rest at a Los Angeles International Airport parking structure before the car's highlight of the month: the loop. The Edmunds vehicle evaluation loop twists north through the Santa Monica Mountains and works its way up the coast before circling back to headquarters.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor

2018 Kia Stinger GT

Where Did We Drive It?
April was our first full month with the new 2018 Kia Stinger. It was a month spent getting up to speed with our interesting new long-term test car, but we still managed to roll 1,200 miles onto its odometer. Since this is not only a new car to us but also a new car for Kia, impressions are likely to differ from those for most every other Kia we've kept in our fleet. But with what I've seen so far, I'll wager this car will see 20,000 miles before the end of the year.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT: Introduction

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2018 Kia Stinger

There was a curious car on the Kia stand at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Named the Kia GT Concept, it was a personal project of designers Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume, who wanted to re-create an elegant gran turismo capable of crossing Europe with style and pace. And while we could see a nod to the Porsche Panamera and the soon-to-be-released Audi A7, concepts come and concepts go. Kia wouldn't really build something like that, would it?

When the 2014 North American International Auto Show rolled around, Kia again had a concept wearing the Stinger moniker, but this time prefaced with a "GT4." It was a coupe, and while it also looked like a hatchback, it was so far removed from the Stinger GT concept that we more or less forgot that idea even existed. Unbeknownst to us, and pretty much everyone outside of Kia, the Stinger GT was already on its way to becoming a reality.

To call the five-door sedan an oddity would be an understatement. Mazda's been the only company brave or crazy enough to try to convince Americans of the inherent practicality of an affordable midsize hatchback, first with the 626 (way back when) and more recently with the Mazda 6. Both variants vanished after only a few years. Sure, Porsche has the Panamera and Audi has the A7, but those are luxurious curiosities.

Kia is aiming for the mainstream with a starting price under $35,000, but it has also pointed its finger directly at the Panamera and cars such as the BMW 440i Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback. We were interested in getting one for our long-term fleet even before Kia made those comparisons. Now we had to get one.

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