2018 Kia Stinger Sedan

2018 Kia Stinger
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$31,900 - $51,400
2018 Kia Stinger
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Pros

  • Sporty and graceful appearance stands out
  • Entertaining levels of performance
  • Refined interior with hatchback utility
  • Generous warranty coverage

Cons

  • Ride quality can get a little jittery at times
  • Limited space for rear-seat passengers


Which Stinger does Edmunds recommend?

The 2018 Kia Stinger is at its best when it has the performance to back up its sporty appearance. As such, we recommend the more potent GT with its V6 engine. Stick with the classic rear-wheel-drive powertrain unless you live in a region with frequent bad weather. The standard Stinger GT has enough additional features to skip the GT1 and GT2 upgrades. We like that all of the advanced safety features are available throughout the lineup.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4 / 5

As stylish as the latest Kias have become, they typically haven't had the performance and handling to match. That all changes with the all-new Kia Stinger.

The Stinger represents a significant step forward for the South Korean manufacturer. Its aggressive yet graceful design stands out among the relatively anonymous sedans with similar pricing. Even better, the Stinger performs on a level that is well above our expectations for its modest price. It's about the same size as Kia's Optima sedan but is lower, sleeker and more powerful. In the top-spec GT trim, the Stinger boasts 365 horsepower, available all-wheel drive, and a refined and comfortable interior.

Whether it's by numbers or appearance, Kia's Stinger impressively challenges similar luxury-branded vehicles. Yet there are still going to be some traditional Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz shoppers who won't bother with the Stinger because it lacks enough prestige. That's their loss. The Stinger isn't just good for a Kia — it's good compared to anything at or well above its price.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Kia Stinger as one of Edmunds' Best AWD Sedans, and the 2018 Kia Stinger GT as one of the Best Sport Sedans for this year.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Kia Stinger is a four-door sedan with a fastback-like hatch that is available in five trim levels. The base rear-wheel-drive Stinger is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (255 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on all models as an option.

Standard features for the base Stinger include 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, heated and power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, three USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay-Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. All-wheel-drive models also include a heated steering wheel.

The Premium trim adds LED headlights, a sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a larger driver information display, a universal garage door opener, driver memory functions, an 8-inch touchscreen and a 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The Kia Stinger GT employs a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 (365 hp, 376 lb-ft). Feature content is similar to the base Stinger but upgrades to 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension dampers, a launch control system, variable steering ratios, a few exterior embellishments, aluminum pedals and scuff plates, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a nine-speaker audio system.

The GT1 trim adds the Premium features along with auto-dimming exterior mirrors and additional performance meters. At the top of the lineup is the GT2 trim that finishes it off with a limited-slip differential, a hands-free trunklid, a head-up display, premium leather upholstery, and upgraded front seats with ventilation. Automatic wipers are also available as an option for all Stingers.

The GT2 also comes with these advanced safety features that are optional on supporting trims: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, a driver attention monitor, automatic high-beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 Sedan (turbo 3.3L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

4.5
The Stinger GT has performance chops to back up its striking looks. Acceleration is strong at any speed, and the engine is well-behaved when you aren't hammering the pedal. Handling and steering are great at this price point. Paddle shifters won't keep the transmission in manual mode indefinitely.

Acceleration

4.5
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. We posted a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds, slightly slower than performance-minded luxury sport sedans.

Braking

3.5
The brakes activate high in the pedal stroke, but braking force is gradual and isn't grabby, which makes them easy to modulate in traffic. In performance driving, you'll have to hit the pedal harder than you think to slow the Stinger quickly, but the sticky summer tires perform exceptionally well.

Steering

4.5
The steering effort is moderate, in contrast with the too-light feeling in other Kias, and does not increase appreciably in the Sport mode. The Stinger responds the moment you start moving the wheel, but it never feels darty, which is welcome and appropriate for a sporty sedan.

Handling

4
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, especially when you reduce the amount of stability control intervention.

Drivability

4
The engine exhibits predictable acceleration in the standard Comfort driving mode. Eco mode dulls acceleration with light to moderate pedal application, while Sport makes the Stinger feel a bit more energetic. Sport also introduces harsher shifts to the otherwise smooth-shifting transmission.

Comfort

4
The sport seats keep you in place and have many adjustments but aren't comfortable for everyone. The ride is amicable, even in Sport mode, and exterior noise is filtered out. Heated front seats are standard (as is a heated steering wheel on AWD models), but heated rear seats aren't available at all.

Seat comfort

3
The front seats are supportive and offer multiple adjustments, including the side bolsters, but the padding might feel overly firm for some. The seat bottom is also on the narrow side, which will have most pressing against the thigh bolsters. Rear seats are also stiff and the bench is pretty flat.

Ride comfort

4.5
The Stinger's ride is indeed pleasant in the standard Comfort driving mode, thanks to adaptive dampers (standard on all GT models) that smooth out road imperfections. Road undulations are the car's only weak point, causing some floatiness. The ride is firmer, but still livable, in Sport mode.

Noise & vibration

4.5
The thrum of the engine is always present, but you won't notice it much during light-throttle conditions. Dig into the pedal or put it into Sport mode and augmented engine noise filters into the cabin. It sounds good but not addictive. Road noise is mostly quiet; wind noise is nearly nonexistent.

Climate control

4
Dual-zone climate control is in the front, with a separate temp dial for the rear vents. Normally, the climate system keeps the cabin appropriately warm/cool, though the engine stop-start system significantly reduces fan speed when the engine is off, which could make the cabin momentarily unpleasant.

Interior

3
The Stinger isn't a small car, but it feels tight inside. Rear passengers have the toughest time, with a low roof and limited toe room. Rear visibility is not as good as in other midsize sedans. The driver has it the best, with an excellent seating position and ergonomic control layout.

Ease of use

4
The driver's armrests are just the right height so you can rest your elbows while holding the wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock. Buttons are clearly labeled and easy to understand. The touchscreen is a bit of a reach, almost as if Kia planned to use a dial controller and changed its mind at the last minute.

Getting in/getting out

3
The deep-set pedal and wide door sill can make for an awkward exit for tall drivers or those with limited flexibility. The rear sloping roofline means most passengers will have to duck to get into the back. The doors are light and easy to open.

Driving position

5
The seats in the GT2 trim are more configurable than those in other trims, with adjustable side bolsters and thigh extension. A wide range of vertical and horizontal range ensures that drivers of all sizes can find an agreeable position. The steering wheel has lots of tilt-and-telescoping range.

Roominess

3
There's a good sense of space up front, with plenty of legroom and a wide center armrest. Tall drivers might brush against the headliner, especially since a sunroof comes standard on all but the base Stinger. There's less headroom in the back due to the sloping roofline. Rear legroom is just OK.

Visibility

3
The narrow front pillars promote decent forward visibility, but the high hood and low-slung seating position can make it difficult to place the front of the car. The upward sloping beltline toward the rear and the large rear pillar compromise the three-quarter view.

Quality

4.5
Some buttons are shared with other vehicles in Kia's lineup, but some of this trim is unique. There are faux leather coverings on the doors, and the aluminum-looking trim on the doors and dash looks good. The armrest pads are a little hard, but it's difficult not to be impressed by this Kia.

Utility

4.5
There's more space in the Stinger's cargo area than any like-minded sedans, though it's smaller in size than the Buick Regal Sportback and the BMW 3 Series GT. The rear seats don't quite drop flat, but the high pivot point means you won't have to move the front seats forward to fold them.

Small-item storage

4.5
There are two decent-size cupholders in front, along with a small tray below the center stack and a shallow, wide bin under the armrest. The door pockets are smaller in back, but the armrest's cupholders are just as accommodating as those in the front. You also get nets behind each front seat.

Cargo space

4.5
As a hatchback, the Stinger offers greater cargo flexibility than a comparable sedan. The cargo area is wide and rectangular, with small pockets behind the rear wheels. The GT2 also comes with a hands-free hatch; simply stand behind the bumper for a few seconds. The rear seats don't quite fold flat.

Child safety seat accommodation

3.5
Four LATCH anchors are hidden behind covers that fold as you press down on them. The anchors themselves are inset pretty far from the front of the covers. The tethers are located about halfway down the seatback. You'll have to move the cargo cover to reach the tether points.

Technology

4.5
The Stinger is brimming with tech, starting with a sharp touchscreen and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A suite of the latest driving aids is available, and it doesn't cost too much on trims where it isn't standard. Destination input strangely doesn't use predictive text.

Audio & navigation

4.5
Most models come with a 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system that, for the most part, sounds darn good. No trim, window or speaker rattles when turning the bass and volume all the way up. Good volume output with radio and most connected media, though Spotify was surprisingly restrained.

Smartphone integration

4
There are two USB ports below the center stack: one for data and one charge-only. There's another charge-only port behind the console for rear passengers. The system should be able to play audio files from a USB drive, but it didn't work on our tester. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Driver aids

4.5
A rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors are standard. All additional driving aids (blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, etc.) are included in the comprehensive and reasonably priced Kia Drive Wise package. It can be ordered on any trim except the GT2, where it's standard.

Voice control

3.5
Although the system prompts you to use a set menu of voice commands, it also has limited natural speech detection. It can navigate to general locations (the nearest coffee shop or Starbucks, for example) but doesn't understand specific POIs (e.g., Disneyland).

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Kia Stinger.

Great Sport sedan and GT car. KIA Quattroporte.
Ramesh,01/28/2018
Before anybody buys this car, they should know that, this is not a sports car, this is a sports sedan. This is not a luxury / premium car, this is a sports sedan. This is not a status defining car, this is just a sports sedan. And, Stinger does this job impeccably. When you shop for 50K car, you sure would have researched or test driven, audi, BMW, Merc or lexus. But you have to decide can you pass the above luxury brand dealers, and go to Kia dealer to buy this car. I did, and glad I did it. It has gorgeous looks.. Believe me, every day (yes, every day), people, either on traffic signals or in gas station or in parking lot, have asked me about this car and complemented a lot. It has Maserati look. Drive is amazing. For me, after test driving, S5, BMW 440Xi and C43 AMG, there was something in this car, I fell in love with. It is for sure, at least (if not more) 15K less than similarly equipped above brands. They have great materials in and out overall, even though there is some lack of achieving the level of above premium brands. I cannot write how much I like about this car, as it may take a lot of space. I can write little about what I don't like in it (very few, if any). I don't like the KIA label (I have always owned BMWs), fuel economy (but for this level of performance, it is acceptable) and major one being, the interior noise which can be refined a bit (I think this is common to all sports sedans like S5, AMGC43 and BMW 440Xi with M sport).
GT-R done
DJ,01/13/2018
The overall design of this car is thoughtful, yet stunning and atheletic at the same time. The vevicle performs well on all road surfaces. ( I will say that the GT2 has 19" tires that roughen the ride, but find acceptable in lieu of performance) The car handles well and provides amazing accelleration even if cruising speed has been acheived, steering is responsive and the car hold the roads well. The exterior lines are awesome with few flaws. (One noticeable is the wind dams that cool the breaks accumulate sand and small rocks due to winter snow maintenace. The interior is comfortable as the front seats provided 18 adjustments. The side bolsters hug your sides. The heated seats and steering wheel work well. The cabon layout is good and controls are placed logically , with the exception of the 8" touch screen (slightly out of arms reach) and the volume control is placed low and without looking I find myself operating the passenger vent. The interior materials seem of good quality with some hard plastics. (Which should be expected at this price point. I personally feel that KIA is going in the right direction, but probably should have created an up line badging due to badge bius of shoppers. Or perhaps the manufacturer is looking to take an I told you so approach, in order to dispel past negativity of their brand overall. This is my second KIA and hope that the reliability measures up to my first one which was 80k miles with no issues at all.
Thrilled with this car!
nystrokedoc,06/08/2018
I will focus on the only negatives I can find --- the dealer experience is sub par. They "lost" the 2nd key fob. A replacement is "being sent from Korea" but this was just unacceptable. Also, the check out process was a hours long wait. Emails to my salesperson (which were answered asap before I bought the car) seemed to take lower priority after I drove out of the lot. It is too bad that Kia made a car comparable to luxury vehicles (even the Porsche Panamera), but cannot deliver the dealer experience. I own an Optima (which has been an excellent car), but dread the idea of going to the dealer for maintenance, because they are just too rough around the edges. That said, the Stinger itself lives up to the hype and more. It is has amazing acceleration, handling, breaking and comfort. I get lots of admirers, with thumbs up signs from random passers by..... A couple of minor things.....Kia might consider a redesign of the Video screen which sticks up a bit awkwardly in the upper middle console. It still need to work on changing the display to emphasize the clock and radio station functions and not the GPS, but these are minor quibbles. I am also VERY happy with the Driver Assist package (which was loaded on the model I bought off the lot) and would have been something I might have skipped to save $. The blind spot detection and lane departure warnings can be customized to provide just enough sensitivity to assure protection, without annoying constant beeping for minor normal safe driving lane departures/changes. Also, I have been driving on Econ mode while sitting in traffic, and I'm fairly certain that it has enhanced my gas mileage.
Had my heart set on a Mercedes...but fell in love
Queen Bee,05/11/2018
For the past 12 years...had my heart set on a Mercedes. At a point where I could actually afford one...I chose to test drive the Stinger GT2....and that's all it took. One press of the pedal to the floor put a smile on my face I've not had from driving in a very long time. Handling...comfort...and have you seen this car? She is stunning! The Stinger ad with Steven Tyler hit the nail on the head...Feel Something Again. Indeed.
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2018 Kia Stinger videos

MARK TAKAHASHI: I never thought I'd say it, but here I am saying it. I'm excited to drive a Kia. But not just any Kia. This is the all new 2018 Kia Stinger. The big question I have is, can it live up to the hype? The Kia Stinger starts right around $32,000. That gets you the 2 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder that puts out 255 horsepower. This one, however, is the GT. That starts around $38,000, and it comes with a 3.3 liter twin turbo V6 that puts out 365 horsepower. Obviously the V6 is my engine of choice. It's got a ton of power. And the delivery is really nice and smooth. Styling wise, the Stinger takes up where the Kia GT concept left off a few years ago. Up front, we have this big scooped out area here, which I actually like better than the concept. And that's fairly rare. The concept for me, I thought it looked almost like a bulldozer up front because it was so scooped out. But nonetheless, these are much more tame, although they are still a little overdone for my taste. The grill here, it's the typical dual tab Kia grill, but it's a little more stretched out, almost BMW reminiscent in some ways. Probably not an accident either. It changes a lot character wise with the different colors. The red accentuates all these black and black chrome bits here and there. And it does look good. But personally, I kind of like it in the brilliant blue that they have as well. Down the side, we have another big kind of black chrome vent here. I'm not so sold on that. I think I'd prefer it to be body colored, but the styling overall is quite fetching. One thing that's absolutely captivating about this car is the roofline. It's got this nice coupe swooping line that goes all the way to the tail. And the tail lights back here, I really like the shape. It's almost kind of Maserati, Gran Turismo in some ways to me. As you'd expect, a power hatch. And behind the rear seats, 23.3 cubic feet of cargo. Fold them down, you have over 40 cubic feet. So as a grand tour, it should be able to hold two couples and all of their luggage. And in this case, the Stinger comes through. So Kia was thoughtful enough to set up an autocross course for us so we can test handling without the fear of crashing, a ticket, or worse. So let's see what this can do. Oh, tail [INAUDIBLE]. So those are the rear wheel drives, not the all wheel drive. So it's a lot more lively in the back. And that is what I want. Yeah, really well balanced. Easy to recover from a little bit of oversteer there. Yep, that's the stuff. Brake pedal is a little soft though. I'd expect it to be a little bit more firm. But-- oh, that was a nice one. Oh, yeah. It's sporty, all right. I can do this all day. But I don't think they'd appreciate that. Oh, a little out of breath. That's fun. So I'm going to call it an overall success when it comes to performance. Woohoo. So from the driver's seat, there's pretty good visibility. This A pillar, pretty much like every other car. It's a little thick, but it's not so bad that you're having to guess what's behind it. The gauges, placed perfectly in your vision. But there's also a headup display right in front of me. And that gives you pretty much vital information like speed, navigation, and some of the advanced safety features as well are projected right up into your vision. I also like the infotainment display mounted right on top of the dash. Now, it doesn't look quite as graceful as some other systems, but it's right where your eyes want to go. And it's easy to operate as you're driving. It's just one of the simpler systems to use. So all the switches here, they're well marked. And they actually look pretty nice. There are plenty of bins. This one here, perfect for cell phones. You have a USB port and an aux jack, as well as a cigarette lighter plug. And this center bin, it's not terribly deep, but still useful with the little tray that you can remove and another pocket here. Cup holders. Everything is placed really well, right where you want them. The seat, climate control. It's just a nice little rocker panel that's built into this kind of rounded out section here. And the ventilated seats actually work really well. It was pretty hot today, and it kept me really nice and comfy. We have a drive mode switch here. And you can go from sport to comfort to eco to a smart automatic mode, which kind of compensates one way or the other, depending on how much pedal you're giving the car. With the custom mode, you can customize responsiveness from the engine, the stiffness of the suspension, and also how loud the engine is. Now, I did get the lowdown on the engine noise. It is being pumped in, in sport mode, through the speakers. But when I was switching between modes, it wasn't that big of a difference. So a lot of what you're hearing is the actual engine at least. So one of my bigger concerns with this [? fastback ?] design of the Stinger was rear headroom. If I was taller, might be a bit of a problem. But you know, if you're that tall, you're probably going to be sitting up front anyway. There is a decent amount of leg room. There's plenty of knee room, but not a whole lot under the seat, unfortunately,. Like the front seats, they're firmly padded, but well shaped. And the materials quality back here is also pretty decent. Like I said, I was surprised that I was excited to drive a Kia. But this has certainly fulfilled all those expectations, and in some ways exceeded them. It's sporty, sure. But it has a really good balance of comfort and performance. When it comes to the bumps on the road, well, they're smoothed over really well. Oddly enough though, when we were going slower-- let's say parking lot speeds over some broken pavement-- it got oddly rough and a little nervous, almost jittery over the cracked asphalt, which was a little weird. But really kind of a minor complaint when it comes to the overall ride quality. It's quiet. Road noise is present, but never so intrusive that it becomes a problem. As long as it's got power. Yeah. I mean, that's in just regular Kia comfort mode, and it really kind of hops to it once you get on the pedal. Now, if you're driving a little more relaxed and let's say normal, for lack of a better word, well there's a little bit of a delay once you hit the pedal to when it starts moving, and it takes a while for the speed to start building. But give it just a little more pedal, and it really starts coming to life. And it's actually really fun to drive on a twisting mountain road. The handling is really good. Now, it doesn't feel as light as a sports car, but it's not intended to be a sports car either. It's a nice comfortable touring car that has plenty of performance. The power from this V6 is way more than most drivers will ever need. That said, as someone who likes performance cars, it could stand to have more power. And that is actually a compliment. Because the chassis-- the suspension, the brakes-- everything else that handles that power is really well sorted out. And it encourages you to drive harder. And it can certainly take quite a bit more power. So I wouldn't be surprised to see maybe like an S or an R variant of the Stinger. And honestly, I'd really love to drive that too. As it is though, this Stinger GT is plenty capable. And it really is a huge step in the right direction for Kia. I mean, you think back not too long ago, sure, they were inexpensive, but that's about all you could say about their cars. Now that they stole away the chief engineer from BMW, the guy who was in charge of some of the best M cars for BMW, you can feel the difference now. The suspension is not only sporty and capable, but man, it can really take a turn too. So everything is really coming together for Kia. And it's quite nice to see, actually. So I spent pretty much the whole day driving this Stinger. And I have to say, it certainly lived up to its hype. It has the performance to match its stunning looks. It's comfortable. It's easy to drive. It has all the right features inside. And obviously, it has the right price. For more information on the Stinger as well the competition, head over to edmunds.com. And if you want to see more videos like this, hit Subscribe.

2018 Kia Stinger Test Drive

For the better part of this year, the 2018 Kia Stinger has had a lot of buzz surrounding it. We sent Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi to see if all the hype was justified. His short answer: yes!

Features & Specs

MSRP
$51,400
MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
365 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$31,900
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
255 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$37,100
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
255 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$43,250
MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
365 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Stinger safety features:

Forward Collision Avoidance Assistance
Warns if a front impact is imminent and will apply 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.

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More about the 2018 Kia Stinger

The all-new 2018 Kia Stinger will appeal to shoppers who seek some head-turning style and grin-inducing performance. Usually, those shoppers would be looking into vehicles from Audi and BMW to satisfy these desires and digging much deeper into their pockets as a result. But this new fastback sedan bucks that trend in almost every way, and we think it deserves your attention.

The base rear-wheel-drive Stinger is powered by a 255-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on all models as an option.

Feature highlights for the Stinger include 18-inch wheels, heated and power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a heated and 12-way power-adjustable driver seat (eight-way-adjustable front passenger seat), a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio and USB ports.

The Premium trim adds LED headlights, a sunroof, power steering-wheel adjustments, a larger driver information display, a universal garage door opener, driver-seat memory functions, an 8-inch touchscreen and a 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The Kia Stinger GT gets a 365-hp, 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with features that mirror the base Stinger. It does upgrade to 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension dampers, a launch control system, variable steering ratios, a few exterior embellishments, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a nine-speaker audio system.

The GT1 trim adds the Premium features along with auto-dimming exterior mirrors and more performance meters. The top-of-the-line GT2 trim comes with a limited-slip differential, a hands-free trunklid, a head-up display, premium leather upholstery, a 16-way adjustable driver seat (12-way front passenger) and ventilated front seats.

The GT2 also comes with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, a driver attention monitor, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. These advanced safety features are available throughout the lineup as options.

In the 2018 Kia Stinger's price range, there really aren't any direct competitors. To find rivals with similar performance and refinement levels, you'd have to look toward more expensive alternatives such as the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo or Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

So for the time being, the Kia Stinger is in a class of one, and any new entrants would have high expectations to meet. We highly recommend the Stinger for a variety of drivers and encourage shoppers to use all of Edmunds' available tools to help you find the perfect one.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Overview

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan is offered in the following styles: GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), GT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and GT1 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Stinger Sedan 4.5 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 2018 Stinger Sedan.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Stinger Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including GT2, Base, Premium, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan here.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

4.5 / 5.0

Acceleration4.5 / 5.0
Braking3.5 / 5.0
Steering4.5 / 5.0
Handling4.0 / 5.0
Drivability4.0 / 5.0

Comfort

4.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort4.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5.0
Climate control4.0 / 5.0

Interior

3.0 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out3.0 / 5.0
Driving position5.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.0 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
Quality4.5 / 5.0

Utility

4.5 / 5.0

Small-item storage4.5 / 5.0
Cargo space4.5 / 5.0

Technology

4.5 / 5.0

Audio & navigation4.5 / 5.0
Smartphone integration4.0 / 5.0
Driver aids4.5 / 5.0
Voice control3.5 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan?
2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,430. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,036 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,036 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$45,394.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is13.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 22 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,200. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,093 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,093 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,107.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is20.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 13 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,050. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,704 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,704 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,346.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is17.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 15 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,255. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,485 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,485 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,771.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is18.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,205. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,216 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,216 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$41,989.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is16.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,930. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,921 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,921 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,009.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is5.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,500. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,442 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,442 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$42,058.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is5.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,850. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,073 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,073 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,777.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is5.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2018 Kia Stinger Sedan GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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Which 2018 Kia Stinger Sedans are available in my area?

2018 Kia Stinger Sedan Listings and Inventory

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 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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