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2018 Kia Stinger GT Long-Term Review Update

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Reviews are still very positive.

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/11/2018-kia-stinger-gt-review-update/

Man, this car is slick. It's long and low with curves in all the right places. Kia toed the line between in-your-face sportiness and luxury with every design decision on this car. I don't often feel the urge to look back at a car as I walk away, but the Stinger has a way of drawing my eye back to it wherever I go. The bright red paint might be partially responsible for this, but I've found I'm not alone.

Everywhere I drive, this car turns heads and brings about inquisitive stares from onlookers ? the Kia badge just causes brows to furrow deeper. Never in history have random passersby been this interested in a Kia. It makes sense, though. We don't often see completely new, from-the-ground-up sports sedans these days. The Stinger's fastback shape just makes it even more enticing and refreshingly different. Noticing the sidewalk interest in a car like the Stinger gives me a glimmer of hope for other great sedans to make it through the crossover-apocalypse.

The usable space in the rear seat runs counter to how long and large the car looks. First off, the way the door is shaped makes for a narrow space to slide your body through. It's wide on top but narrows closer to the ground. That's no problem for a young and limber person such as myself, but less flexible folk may find it annoying. With the seat positioned for my 5-foot-10-inch frame, rear legroom is a bit scarcer than I would have thought. Throwing kids back there would be fine, but it still came off as one of the larger disappointments in my book.

You'll enjoy the cargo space, though. Hatches are almost always more utilitarian than sedans with trunks, and this trend continues for the Stinger. Loading and unloading is an easy task, and you can shove a ton of stuff back there. Somewhat limited visibility through the short rear window from the driver seat is the only downside of the rear hatch design.

This car firmly plants itself onto the list of ideal daily drivers. Leave it in Comfort mode, turn the Harman Kardon stereo up, and relax on your way to the office. Twist the dial over to Sport, and you'll blow everybody else away getting on the highway as you head home. Like we said in our last long-term update, the Stinger is the perfect GT car, and we stand by that.

You can use it as a backroad scalpel on weekends. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say it handles like a sports car. It's damn good, and the Brembos hold up to a real beating ... but the heft and large footprint of the car hold it back just a bit on technical roads. This Stinger GT is AWD; perhaps the rear-wheel-drive version would provide that extra zing of fun I was wanting.

Not many key fobs are worth talking about, and if they are, it's normally only brought up for chastisement. The Stinger's key is arguably the coolest one out there. Its design and button placement make me feel like I'm hitting the trigger to activate an explosive device every time I lock the car. Making a fun, yet functional key like this one is a great example of Kia sweating the small stuff on this car. Why shouldn't a device you interact with on a daily basis be something that brings a smile to your face?

Our Stinger GT drinks premium fuel and gets mileage that corresponds with its 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. I managed to average just under 23 mpg on a highway road trip from Detroit to Buffalo. This was acceptable, but most of the time, our city commuting has resulted in numbers below the official EPA rating of 19 mpg. It's a quick car; you're going to want to put your foot in it. Just know you're going to be feeling some pain if and when fuel prices head north again.
 
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Reviews are still very positive.

Everywhere I drive, this car turns...he crossover-apocalypse. [/QUOTE] Very true
 
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Reviews are still very positive.

You can use it as a backroad scalpel on weekends. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say it handles like a sports car. It's damn good, and the Brembos hold up to a real beating ... but the heft and large footprint of the car hold it back just a bit on technical roads. This Stinger GT is AWD; perhaps the rear-wheel-drive version would provide that extra zing of fun I was wanting.
I agree with this statement too. I just test drove one tonight and it felt heavy and did not compare to my 335i, but it was not bad in the twisties and it had decent turn-in. I jumped back into my 335 after the test drive and could tell the difference right away. Can't hide the Stinger's 4,000+ pounds. Could it be better? Sure, but it's a GT car and it's fine for what it is. It did NOT feel any less agile than the Mustang GT with Perf.Pack 1, BTW and I have test driven a couple of those recently. The Stinger is a GT car, not a sports car, and a good one at that. Hopefully I will own one soon with a little luck.

Keep enjoying your Stinger!

Harry
 
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I agree with this statement too. I just test drove one tonight and it felt heavy and did not compare to my 335i, but it was not bad in the twisties and it had decent turn-in. I jumped back into my 335 after the test drive and could tell the difference right away. Can't hide the Stinger's 4,000+ pounds. Could it be better? Sure, but it's a GT car and it's fine for what it is. It did NOT feel any less agile than the Mustang GT with Perf.Pack 1, BTW and I have test driven a couple of those recently. The Stinger is a GT car, not a sports car, and a good one at that. Hopefully I will own one soon with a little luck.

Keep enjoying your Stinger!

Harry
Well said Harry.
 

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