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2019 Kia Stinger
Select a Different Model (10 Available): Base AWD Hatchback
Fair Market Price $ 36647
MPG (EPA) 21 CTY /29 HWY
Horsepower 255@6200
Torque 260@1400
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2019 Kia Stinger MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Attention-getting styling
  • Powerful V-6 option
  • Sleek hatchback provides great practicality

You Won't Like

  • Interior isn't as special as the exterior
  • Noisy ride
  • Styling compromises rear visibility

New for 2019

All-new for 2018, Kia's sexy grand-tourer slinks into 2019 with a few updates. 18-inch wheels are now standard, as is blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic collision warning on the safety front. A new Sun & Sound package includes a sunroof, 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring satellite navigation, and LED headlights. Premium and GT1 models now have a full active safety suite, inductive phone charger and ventilated seats, rear-wheel drive GT models gain a limited-slip differential, and the GT2 adds a surround view monitor and heated rear seats.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Stinger is a rear- or all-wheel drive hatch, sportier than the comparably priced front-wheel drive Cadenza and smaller than Kia's flagship K900 sedan.

2019 Stinger: The base turbo-four Stinger comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather seats, front heated seats, 12-way power driver's seat, 8-way power passenger's seat, auto-dimming mirrors, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers, SiriusXM radio and integrated Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.

2019 Stinger Premium: The Premium trim adds a power tilt/telescoping wheel, LED headlights, LED rear turn signals, rain-sensing wipers, power sunroof, a 7.0-inch color information display, Homelink, memory settings for driver's seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, ventilated front seats, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 15 speakers and satellite navigation.

2019 Stinger GT: The base V-6 Stinger trim comes with 19-inch aluminum wheels, launch control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with nine speakers, SiriusXM radio and integrated Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, and a perforated leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel.

2019 Stinger GT1: The midlevel V-6 adds adjustable dampers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, power sunroof, power tilt-telescoping wheel, Homelink, memory settings for driver's seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, ventilated front seats, a 7.0-inch color information display with G-force meter, oil temperature, torque, turbo boost pressure, and chrono lap timer, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 15 speakers and satellite navigation.

2019 Stinger GT2: The top-line V-6 model adds low-beam headlight assist, foot-sensing power trunklid, premium leather seats, 16-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support, 12-way power passenger's seat with 2-way adjusting side bolster and thigh extension, heated rear seats, and a head-up display.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Stinger and Premium models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 255 hp and 260 lb-ft, mated to an 8-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive versions are rated at 22/29 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive versions return 21/29 mpg.

All GT models are powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 producing 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions are rated 17/25 mpg.

Safety

In terms of active safety features, the base Stinger and GT models have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic collision warning as standard. Premium, GT1, and GT2 models add automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning system, driver attention warning, auto high beams, and all-speed automatic cruise control.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The 2019 Kia Stinger has room for five. Front- and rear-seat legroom is 42.6 and 36.4 inches, respectively. Cargo space behind the front seats measures at an impressive 23.3 cubic feet. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split configuration, with utility further enhanced by the hatchback configuration.

Technology

The 2019 Kia Stinger comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, keyless entry and push-button ignition and a 7.0-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GT trim adds a nine-speaker system, while all other models feature an 8.0-touchscreen system with satellite navigation and a 720-watt, 15-speaker Harman Kardon system. Kia's UVO telematics system is standard across the board, providing roadside assistance and 911 connectivity, curfew limit and geofencing alerts, and vehicle diagnostics.

What We Think

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2018, this upstart Korean has been compared to German stalwarts. In our First Test we echoed this sentiment, impressed by the Stinger's sleek styling and stout chassis. Though it's not quite there yet, we opined that "should it follow a logical evolutionary path, it could eventually occupy the same hallowed ground as the 3 Series once did among enthusiasts who wanted an affordable, sporty, rear-drive car they could drive every day."

Our next test was a Track Drive of the Stinger at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife track. We praised its chassis and reflexes, noting that it "feels purposely heavy, pressed into the ground by an unseen hand and making the best use of the grip it affords." Given all the praise on the exterior and handling, it's a shame that the interior design doesn't carry the same sort of swagger, as we observed during our 2018 Car of the Year competition, where the Stinger was a finalist.

Our own Long-Term Stinger, a rear-drive GT, continues to garner attention, although sometimes it's hard to notice from the inside. "The rear window is very narrow, and the car's high beltline means you won't see the headlights of a car directly behind you. Combine this with the thick C-pillars that give the Stinger its characteristic shape and you end up with some pretty miserable rear visibility." It's a small nit to pick in an otherwise impressive package.

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2019 KIA STINGER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter Theta II
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
Base AWD Hatchback
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
255@6200
Standard MPG
21/29
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Paint Protection Package (PIO)

$171 $200

Sun and Sound Package

INCLUDES: Amplifier; Headlights, LED; LED Lights, High Beam; LED Lights, Low Beam; Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch (1); Navigation System, Avn 5.0 with Internal HD; Speakers, 15 Upgraded Harman/Kardon® Clari-Fi with Subwoofer, Surround Sound and Tweeters; Sunroof, Glass Power
$2739 $3000

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter Theta II

Std Std

Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Aurora Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Hichroma Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Micro Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Panthera Metal Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Snow White Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$42 $50

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

$78 $95

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Internal HD, 0.70GB Capacity

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 3.5-Inch

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch (1)

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, Avn 5.0 with Internal HD

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Puddle Lights (PIO)

$245 $285

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Start (Push-Button Start) (PIO)

$410 $495

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, UVO, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.727

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.9 Gallon

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumper Applique (PIO)

$62 $75

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MUG] Mud Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Mud Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$94 $115

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front

Std Std

Alloy Door Sill Plate (PIO)

$104 $130

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Mat (PIO)

$99 $125

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Cargo Tray Seat Back (PIO)

$104 $125

Door Sill Applique (PIO)

$93 $110

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Color High Gloss On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel ; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Heated Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

LED Lights, High Beam

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

LED Lights, Low Beam

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)

INCLUDES: Compass; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Telematics
$291 $350

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink® and Compass (PIO)
Std Std

Hichroma Red Paint

$455 $495

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Snow White Pearl Paint

$455 $495

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Headlights, LED

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Collision Warning System (BCW) With Lane Change Assist

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Parking Distance Warning - Forward (PDW-F) Radar, Rear Parking Distance Warning - Reverse (PDW-R) Camera and Radar

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning System (RCCW) Radar

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 12-Way Power Heated Bucket; Passenger Seat, 8-Way Power Heated Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Light Grey Leather

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Amplifier

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Audio System, UVO3 AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Speakers, 15 Upgraded Harman/Kardon® Clari-Fi with Subwoofer, Surround Sound and Tweeters

CONTAINED IN: [ROH] Sun and Sound Package
Pkg Pkg

Dynamic Steering

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, Bridgestone P225/45ZR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheel Locks 18" Wheels (PIO)

$42 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 48, 60, 66 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$400 Kia announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible military personnel. 07-01-2019
$1000 Kia announces a Competitive Bonus on select models to eligible competitive customers. 07-01-2019
$1000 Kia announces an Owner Loyalty on select models. 07-01-2019
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019