2020 Kia Stinger vs. Subaru WRX

 

Overview

Those who like to express themselves with the car they drive will appreciate what a performance-oriented sedan has to say. These slick and streamlined cars make for fun daily drivers, and two of the top dogs in the affordable souped-up sedan segment include the 2020 Kia Stinger and the 2020 Subaru WRX. Both deliver adrenaline-pumping performance at a price that’s hard to beat, but which one is superior? To find out, we’ve taken the liberty of comparing these models deep down to help you make a more informed purchasing decision.


Pricing and Warranty

There’s no sugar-coating it: Kia offers one of the two best warranties in the business, with full 5-year/60,000-mile basic coverage for the entire car, plus the real news-maker: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that takes care of services for the engine, transmission, axles, joints, and driveshafts. In contrast, Subaru only gives its buyers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.


Performance and Fuel Economy

What shoppers really want to know is which of these vehicles packs more of a punch. Well, the 2020 Kia Stinger seems to have an advantage here as well since it churns 365 hp with its turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine compared to the WRX STI’s 310 hp made from its turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Not only that, the 2020 Kia Stinger’s same engine produces 86 more lb.-ft. of torque than the WRX’s (376 vs. 290). Torque is at least as important as horsepower because it relates to the vehicle’s ability to power away from a dead stop and provides a lot of the fun factor of driving a performance car.

Despite its zesty performance, the 2020 Kia Stinger GT-Line AWD gets better fuel economy than the WRX with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). According to EPA estimates, this difference is 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway compared to 18 city/24 highway, respectively. In heavy traffic or at stoplights – really any normal idling situation – the 2020 Kia Stinger’s engine will automatically turn off to conserve fuel and reduce pollution. The engine then automatically starts up again when the driver is ready to move along. The WRX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.


Amenities

A memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and side mirrors is included with the 2020 Kia Stinger GT1 and GT2 models to make adjustments more convenient when two different people switch off driving. The 2020 Kia Stinger GT2 also includes a standard head-up display, and all versions come with heated front seats (ventilated seats are supplied in the GT1 and GT2). A heated steering wheel is optional on AWD models. To top it off, all 2020 Kia Stingers get dual-zone automatic climate control. While dual-zone automatic climate control is included with the range-topping WRX STI and STI Limited trims, they lack all of those other desirable comfort and convenience features.