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2022 Kia Stinger
Select a Different Model (6 Available): GT-Line AWD Hatchback
Fuel Economy $ 21 / 29 mpg
Horsepower 300@5,800
Torque 311@1,650
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2022 Kia Stinger MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Larger infotainment screen
  • Hugely entertaining to drive
  • New 300-hp base engine

Cons

  • Expensive for a Kia-badged car
  • V-6 could be more efficient

Kia is strengthening the Stinger lineup for the 2022 model year. Newly updated, the 2022 Kia Stinger aims to attract luxury-minded sport sedan buyers with key updates designed to improve its style and fun-to-drive nature. Here's what to expect for the 2022 Stinger hatchback.

Updated Design and Technology

The Stinger enters the 2022 model year with a tweaked design that will help you tell it apart from a 2021 model, but not completely change its inherent love-it-or-hate-it design. In front, look for updated headlights. The Stinger will roll up to the valet with new wheel designs, and the taillights are set to be lightly restyled, too.

The changes are more significant inside, where most or all 2022 Stingers are expected to get a 10.3-inch touchscreen, a decent upgrade from the 8.0-inch touchscreen on 2021 models. Other tech includes a 360-degree camera system and the automaker's Blind Spot View Monitor, which will project a video view of what's in your blind spot when you activate the turn signal. The image is projected in the instrument cluster's available 7.0-inch info screen.

What's the Stinger Scorpion Special Edition?

Kia is leaning into the blacked-out trend with the 2022 Stinger Scorpion Special Edition. Arriving late in the spring, this limited-edition Stinger includes black exterior trim (including darkened exhaust tips) as well as black wheels.

Inside, The Stinger Scorpion has carbon fiber-like trim. A rear spoiler is also part of the package, which is offered in the exterior colors of Aurora Black, Snow White, and Ceramic Silver.

More Power

When it comes to the Genesis G70 and Kia Stinger, we've always liked the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 more than the now-discontinued 2.0-liter turbo-four, which struck us as adequate but not quite up to the standards set by class leaders. Turbo fours available on the Audi A4 and Alfa Romeo Giulia feel especially powerful from behind the wheel. For the 2022 model year, Kia looks to address that shortcoming, with a new base engine. Those not impressed by the 2021 Stinger's 255-hp four-cylinder can look forward to the 2022 model's 300-hp 2.5-liter turbo-four.

If the turbocharged I-4 and its Kia-estimated 5.2-second sprint to 60 mph isn't enough—or if you've just gotta have the sound of a V-6, the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 enters 2022 with updates, too. Models with the V-6 now have 368 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque (3 hp more than last year). As with the four-cylinder engine, the six is mated to an eight-speed automatic. Kia estimates the six-cylinder Stinger will hit 60 in only 4.7 seconds. In MotorTrend testing, our one-year 2018 Stinger 3.3 already reached 60 in 4.7 seconds, so we believe it.

How Efficient Will the New 2.5T Engine Be?

EPA-rated efficiency comes in at 22/32 mpg city/highway for the 2.5T engine, a slight improvement over the 2021 Stinger 2.0T's 22/29 mpg. With the 2.5T and AWD, those numbers drop to 21/29, matching last year's less powerful 2.0T-AWD model. Go for the 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 and you can expect 18/25 mpg with RWD and 17/24 with AWD.

Safety

The 2022 Kia Stinger performs well in safety testing. In NHTSA evaluations, the 2022 Stinger is a five-star overall performer, with a four-star score in the frontal crash test as well as a five-star rating in side and rollover tests. The IIHS has tested the 2021 Stinger, which is a 2021 Top Safety Pick.

Standard safety features on the 2022 Stinger include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and a Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance system. The Kia also offers a Safe Exit Warning system that can warn the driver or passenger they might want to wait before opening their door, if oncoming traffic is detected. A rear cross-traffic alert system with braking is also offered; it's helpful technology when you find yourself reversing from a parking space between two towering SUVs.

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2022 KIA STINGER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.5 Liter Theta II
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
GT-Line AWD Hatchback
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
300@5,800
Standard MPG
21/29
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100,000
Full Warranty Miles
60,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
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 available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 66 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 75, 84 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 01-31-2022
$400 Kia announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible military personnel. 01-31-2022
$1000 Kia announces Customer Cash on select models. 01-31-2022