Review 2022
KIA Stinger USA

2020-2022 Kia Stinger (1st Generation Refreshed)

Kia Stinger Current Price in USA: 

  •  GT-Line Starting price = 37,135 $
  • GT1 Starting Price = 44,735 $
  • GT2 Starting Price = 52, 335 $

 

The mid-size car Kia Stinger was manufactured by Kia in 2017 and became one of the best mid-size cars in the United States, with total sales of 12,556 units in 2020. It is a sports sedan that offers premium looks and feels on a budget. The Kia Stinger shares its underpinnings with Genesis G70, but it provides a spacious interior compared to the Genesis G70. The 2022 Kia Stinger comes with many updates, and one of them includes replacing the standard 2.0 liters turbo-four engine with a powerful 2.5 liters turbo-four engine. The V6 engine also generates more power than the previous model because of a new exhaust system. The fascia changes include a new wheel design, and the exhaust tips are also enlarged to give an aggressive appearance. The inside of 2022 Kia Stinger has also received changes that include new metallic trim pieces inside the cabin and a larger 10.3-inches infotainment screen. The cabin also has adjustable ambient lighting to give you a premium feel. The 2022 Kia Stinger offers safe-exit warning alarm alerts of approaching traffic. A Scorpion Special Edition package also provides a sportier look because of dark-painted wheels and exterior trim. The 2022 Kia Stinger can be described as a sporty sedan that offers entertaining performance levels and gives generous warranty coverage.

Kia stinger sedan Refreshed 1st generation title image
Kia stinger sedan Refreshed 1st generation title image

Trims & Versions:

The 2022 Kia Stinger is available in three variants that are GT-Line, GT1, and GT2.

The GT-Line offers eighteen-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery; 10.25 inches touch screen, and 9-speakers.

The GT1 is updated with nineteen-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, LED interior lighting, limited-slip rear differential, All-wheel-drive mode, and a sunroof.

The GT2 trim comes with adaptive suspension, power-adjustable steering column, ventilated front seats, 15 speakers, heated rear seats, head-up display, and driver’s seat with memory settings.

Among all the variants, the GT1 is recommended most because, in addition to the V6 engine, it also gives you performance upgrades over the GT-Line base trim and comes with Brembo brakes and a limited-slip differential.

Engine & Power:

The GT-Line trim gets its power from 2.5 liters, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine that produces a 300 hp horsepower and a torque of 311 pounds-feet. The other two trims get their power from 3.3 liters, V6, turbocharged engine that generates 368 hp of power and 376 lb-ft of torque. All the trims offer an 8-speed automatic transmission and give rear-wheel-drive as a standard, while you can also opt for an optional all-wheel-drive feature.

Kia stinger sedan Refreshed 1st generation engine view
Kia stinger sedan Refreshed 1st generation engine view

Performance & Drive:

The Kia Stinger 2022 offers two engine choices as already discussed above and both the engine deliver excellent performance. The V6 engine delivers more powerful performance and comes with an electronic variable exhaust valve that further increases the engine’s power. The well-tuned power train creates little engine noise so you can enjoy your ride comfortably. Experts engineer the finely-tuned chassis of Stinger to give you more lateral grip and smooth performance. The electronically controlled suspension increases the car’s stability, and the Brembo brakes come with oversized red 4-piston axles on the front and 2-piston calipers on the rear. The Brembo Brakes provide precise modulation and makes the braking system efficient. Apart from the rear-wheel-drive, the Kia Stinger also offers Limited Slip Differential that distributes power evenly to all wheels and gives more agile control of the rear axles, especially when turning the car around corners. The Drive Mode Select System gives you five driving modes according to your driving situation and road condition. The acceleration of the 2022 Kia Stinger is impressive, and the four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel-drive takes 6.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while the V6 engine takes 5.0 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The Kia Stinger feels responsive on twists of roads because of the exceptional handling and road grip that comes from all-season tires. The four-cylinder engine gives an estimated mileage of 25 miles per gallon, while the V6 engine gives a mileage of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highways. The V6 model with an all-wheel-drive feature gives an estimated mileage of 26 miles per gallon.

Exterior design & features:

The 2022 Kia Stinger is designed aerodynamically with a long hood and low-slung cabin that creates an appearance of motion. The meshwork grille on the front looks aggressive, while the new full-LED headlights now come with increased visibility to facilitate night time driving. The rear design has updated LED taillights and larger caliber twin exit pipes along with wide fenders to improve the car’s aggressive looks. The Kia Stinger now offers newly designed nineteen-inch alloy wheels that increase the beauty and sporty character of the vehicle.

 

Interior design & features:

The inside of the 2022 Kia Stinger is elegant with an excellent driving position, and the steering wheel and seat offer proper adjustment for ensuring maximum comfort to the passengers. One of the cons is the low height of the seats makes it difficult for passengers to get in and out of the car. The front and the rear seats offer enough passenger room to accommodate five adults comfortably. The driver’s seat is well-contoured and comes with a heating and 16-way power controls option. The interior is designed with metallic accents and leather-trimmed seats. The cargo area of Stinger offers 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space and is enough to carry two to three bags of luggage. The cargo area can be increased by folding the rear seat. You now get the option of an enlarged 12.3 inches touch screen display that comes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay interface. You can lock your touch screen, keeping your personal information hidden from unknown people when leading the car with a valet. It comes with a wireless charging pad and USB ports to facilitate you in charging your smartphones. The navigation system is also updated, and the higher-end trims come with 15 speakers to give you a good sound system. The Kia Access with UVO link app allows you to look at activities around your vehicle and helps you see your location with a 360-degree view camera.

Safety features:

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the refreshed 2022 Kia Stinger Sportback improves upon its safety rating thanks to new headlights. The car now earns a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, the highest one possible.

Some of the safety features of the 2022 Kia Stinger are as follows;

  • Forward collision warning alarm
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Head-up display
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors

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Price:

The price for 2022 Kia Stinger ranges from 36,090 US dollars to 53,490 US dollars.

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