2018 Kia Stinger GT: Monthly Update for April 2018
by Kurt Niebuhr, Road Test Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
It's still early days with our Stinger, but with the fuel economy we've seen tank to tank, it isn't hard to imagine the Stinger hitting its EPA estimates. Of course, with 365 horsepower available for use at our questionable discretion, we might get some pretty atrocious fuel economy, too. Something we'll definitely keep an eye on is the optimism of the in-car fuel economy meter. So far the Kia is thinking highly of its own efficiency, being about 3.3 percent optimistic on average on its onboard meter at each fill compared to what our real-world mpg is showing.
Average lifetime mpg: 17.2
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (19 city/25 highway)
Best fill mpg: 22.3
Best range: 268.9 miles
Current odometer: 2,205 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I love these adjustable side bolsters on the seats!" — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician
"I just needed to check out the rear-seat comfort and seating position. I was about to pick up a friend who is 6-foot-3 and wondered how much headroom he'd have. I'm 5-foot-10 and if I sit completely against the rear seatback, my head actually brushes the ceiling. I slouched down a little and it was fine. Legroom was good, though. I just gave him fair warning and he was OK sitting back there." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres
"I love the performance the Kia Stinger offers. It's balanced. Possesses straight-line speed and power, along with really good handling. It feels athletic. Now, it won't defy physics — tighter corners will do you in since this has a relatively long wheelbase and also a lot of mass (about 4,000 pounds), but it won't shy away from them either. Just approach with caution (i.e., slow down). You can feel the rear end wanting to rotate around. It's a very fun car to drive. I recommend driving it in Sport mode. I drove through Angeles Crest Highway and it was really enjoyable. Once you have the rhythm on the curves, it brings a smile to your face." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres
"I was trying to fine-tune the outside rearview mirrors last night and while fumbling around in the dark (the mirror controls are not illuminated) I managed to fold them — at 63 miles an hour. While I appreciate the ability to fold the mirrors at the touch of a button, maybe that button shouldn't be where you can accidentally press it and give yourself a mild heart attack." — Kurt Niebuhr, road test editor