2020 Stinger New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Kia Stinger hatchback emerged three years ago to groom new buyers in the Kia brand. Luxurious and sporty, the Stinger's big hatchback opens to a space that can hold as much cargo as some SUVs.
With attractive styling, the Stinger has excellent performance and safety, good handling, a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and a spacious, calming interior. It can also be fitted with all-wheel drive.
The standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Stinger offers decent horsepower, at 255 hp, while the 365-hp twin-turbo V-6 can blast it to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The Stinger is reasonably fuel-efficient, although both engines require premium fuel.
The rear-wheel-drive base Stinger is rated by the EPA at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined. Available all-wheel drive delivers 21/29/24 mpg. The twin-turbo V-6 is rated at 17/25/20 mpg whether it's configured with rear- or all-wheel drive.
The Stinger scores well in the crash testing that's been done so far. The IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick+, even though the base model's halogen headlights rate 'Poor.'? The base model does not include as standard equipment those collision-avoidance features that are standard on most new cars. Only the costlier GT1 and GT2 trims include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2020 Stinger lineup counts four trim levels, three of which (GT, GT1, GT2) use the 365-horsepower 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. Base turbo-4 cars are called GT-Line.
Standard equipment in the GT-Line includes leather upholstery, power front seats, automatic climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen fitted with intuitive software and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Every Stinger comes with an impressive 5-year/60,000-mile warranty plus a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The GT1, for less than $50,000, adds the active safety equipment, digital instrumentation, and an upgraded audio system. The GT2 lays on nappa leather, a head-up display, cooled front seats with additional adjustments, Harman/Kardon audio, and more.