2018 Kia Stinger: Monthly Update for May 2018
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We managed to keep the Stinger close to home in May and as a result it traveled just 1,000 miles. Still, it was enough to improve our average fuel economy (by 0.6 mpg), log a new best tank (by 0.6 mpg) and record our farthest range (by 45.9 miles) between fills.
Average lifetime mpg: 17.8
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (19 city/25 highway)
Best fill mpg: 22.9
Best range: 314.8 miles
Current odometer: 3,188 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"This big hatch exhibits some body roll, even when the dampers are in their Sport setting. Still, the Stinger GT handles well and is pretty fun to hustle around corners." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer
"The Stinger GT 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. Even with a car full of people, it's quick." — Cameron Rogers
"Sunroofs are often the enemy of headroom. At more than 6 feet tall, I've driven numerous solid-roof cars that fit me just fine. But add an optional sunroof to that same car and the 1-2 inches of lost coif space changes the entire experience. The Stinger solves this problem (for me, at least) with its driver-seat adjustability. The bottom will drop almost to the floor, leaving me plenty of room to find a comfortable driving position." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"The Stinger sits low and its sweeping roofline looks cool. But every so often, when I slide into the driver's seat, that roof grazes my back and head in a not-so-cool way. I've learned that if I hold my entry tuck a bit longer I won't hit as frequently. Maybe I'm the only one?" — Mike Schmidt