• The Kia Stinger is the best car the South Korean automaker has ever produced.
  • We've driven it on two coasts and have been blown away.
  • The sports sedan is packed with appealing features for a relatively low price, given that it's going up against Audis and BMWs.

When the Kia Stinger was revealed in 2017, nobody saw the BMW/Audi fighter coming from the South Korean automaker.

That said, the car - in its magnificent sleekness - was a welcome surprise. The auto world collectively salivated over the opportunity to get behind the wheel.

For us, that happened in early 2018. We spent a few days driving around the Bay Area in a $52,000 Stinger GT2; we then recreated that experience a couple of months later on the East Coast.

Our West Coast tester arrived in "Hichroma Red." We sampled the top-of-the-line GT2, which came with every imaginable option and all-wheel drive. The sticker price was $52,300. The base four-cylinder trim level starts at $31,900, however, so you get all of this useful beauty for a lot less.

Schreyer owns a Stinger - and he told me that he was stopped by the German police so they could get a closer look!

On the East Coast, I had people honking horns at me to ask if I was really driving a Kia.

Yeah, this car can gather attention, to be sure.

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