2019 Kia Stinger in Springfield MA

 

Overview

Kia’s spiffy and sporty Stinger four-door returns for the 2019 model year with plenty of style, class, and sharp good looks that make it stand out in all the right ways. This high-performance ride features a fastback-style rear hatch and comes in six trim levels: base, Premium, GT, GTS, GT1, and GT2. The base and Premium versions both get a respectable turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the GT trims get a punchier turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 churning out 365 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque. All models come standard with a front-wheel drivetrain, but all-wheel drive can be tacked on as an option; the sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic.

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Comfort and Convenience

The Stinger’s base trim is packed with enjoyable standard features such as LED running lights, heated and power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes (comfort and sport), dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Upgrading to the Premium trim will add a sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and driver-seat memory functions.

The four highest trims are even more exciting, in true Gran Turismo style. The GT adds more performance-oriented features, including Brembo brakes, a mechanical-locking rear differential, a launch control system, variable ratio steering, and unique interior and exterior styling. The GTS adds the Premium and GT trims’ features (except for the driver-seat memory functions) plus a new drift mode, which maxes out the sports-car feel on AWD models by sending up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels and holds the transmission back from upshifting. With the GT1, these same features are applied in addition to ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an electronically controlled suspension. At the top of the heap, the GT2 trim adds a smart power trunk, premium Nappa leather upholstery, and heated rear seats.


 

 

Safety & Technology

The base trim has some confidence-boosting active safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, but the Premium trim adds more with rain-sensing wipers, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The higher performance GT trims don’t add anything new in terms of safety technology; however, the GT and GTS both come with the safety features from the base while the GT1 and GT2 trims get what’s standard on the Premium.

The connectivity accommodations are generous with all Stinger configurations. Starting with the base, you’ll get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free, and a six-speaker audio system complete with satellite radio. On the Premium trim, you can expect an 8-inch touchscreen, a larger driver information display, and a premium 15-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The GT is similar to the base, although it does get a nine-speaker audio system over the six, while the GTS, GT1, and GT2 come with the same tech features as the Premium. Opting for the range-topping GT2, though, means you’ll get an additional heads-up display as well as a surround-view parking camera system.