Class: Premium Midsize Automotive
Miles pushed: 170
Gas used: 7.8 gallons
Actual-world gasoline economic system: 21.8 mpg
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||C+|
|Energy and Efficiency||B-|
|Match and End||B+|
|Gas Economic system||B-|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not mirror Client Information’s impressions of all the mannequin lineup.|
|Huge & Tall Consolation|
|Huge & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” score based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||300-hp 2.5-liter|
|Engine Kind||turbo 4-cylinder|
Driving combine: 60% metropolis, 40% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline economic system: 22/32/25 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gas kind: Premium gasoline
Base value: $36,090 (not together with $1045 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check car: Solar and Sound Bundle ($2300), cargo mat ($125), carpeted flooring mats for RWD solely ($155)
Value as examined: $39,715
The good: Excessive stage of options and “presence” for the cash; properly completed inside; cargo utility of hatchback physique type
The great: Upscale sport-sedan styling inside and outside; respectable energy from base 4-cylinder engine
The not so good: Restricted rear-seat room; fastback roofline compromises rearward visibility; disappointing noticed gasoline economic system fell wanting EPA estimates; dealing with prowess/finesse isn’t fairly on the stage of main sport-sedan rivals
How concerning the Stinger?
No, thanks. I’m a Manhattan man.
No, you fool! The Kia! What’s new with that?
Oh! The Kia Stinger . . . yeah, it’s a little early for cocktails, isn’t it?
What’s new concerning the 2022 Stinger, Kia’s sporty, premium-midsize hatchback sedan, is a much bigger and juicier turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for the entry-level GT-Line mannequin. Probably the most primary V6 GT has been dropped however a Scorpion Bundle with distinctive trim has been added for the top-line GT2. The remaining V6 fashions get a variable exhaust system that gives a slight horsepower enhance. Plus, there’s mildly refreshed styling and a brand new 10.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system customary all through the road.
Client Information sampled a rear-wheel-drive GT-Line with the brand new 2.5-liter 4 that begins at $37,135 with supply. (Determine one other $2200 for AWD.) That’s $7600 behind a equally pushed V6 GT1—the subsequent step up the ladder on the time of our check—however the GT-Line lacks the performance-oriented limited-slip differential, electronically managed suspension, Brembo brakes, and launch management that include the GT1 and GT2.
What does include the GT-Line is black-chrome trim on the grille, bodyside vents, and caps for the heated exterior mirrors; LED headlights and taillights; and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside are leather-based seats (heated in entrance), leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, dual-zone computerized local weather management, wi-fi charging, keyless entry and beginning, and satellite tv for pc radio. The “Drive Smart” driver-assistance know-how bundle brings blind-spot, rear cross-traffic, and ahead collision-avoidance assists; safe-exit warning; GPS-linked adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go performance; lane-departure warning; and lane-keeping and lane-following assists. The Solar and Sound possibility bundle utilized to CG’s $39,715 check automobile added a power-adjustable entrance passenger seat to match the usual energy driver’s seat and it changed the bottom 9-speaker audio unit with a superb 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium system.
The brand new GT-Line engine comes with 0.5 liter extra displacement and 45 further ponies than the earlier Stinger 4, discharging its full complement of 300 horsepower at 6200 rpm. Whereas not the sharp performer of the 368-horsepower V6, the 4 nonetheless has sufficient spice to be enjoyable, it gained’t taunt you with turbo lag, and the 8-speed computerized transmission helps out with well timed downshifts for drama-free freeway driving. The utmost 311 lb-ft of torque arrives at a low 1400 rpm (and sticks round as much as 4000 revs), which helps the 4-cylinder Stinger to what Hyundai says is a 5.3-second 0-to-60-mph sprint. “Eco” “Sensible,” “Consolation,” “Sport,” and “Customized” drive modes permit for nuanced driving experiences, with Sport exhibiting somewhat crisper throttle response.
V6 or 4, the Stinger constantly comes up a bit quick in gasoline economic system in our testing, nevertheless. With the GT-Line, this reviewer averaged 21.9 mpg in an 85.9-mile check, which might have been fantastic if all his driving had been beneath metropolis circumstances. The automobile is EPA-rated at 22 mpg in metropolis driving. However solely 49 % of his miles had been in city-type driving, so noticed economic system was clearly wanting the 25 mpg the feds say the 4-cylinder Stinger ought to get in combined driving. The freeway projection is 32 mpg.
Steering and dealing with are agile sufficient to assist the Stinger’s cut price sport-sedan ambitions. Journey high quality is agency however not harsh.
Typically, the 2022 Stinger is because it was when Kia introduced it out as a 2018 mannequin, which implies primary lodging are unchanged. Headroom and legroom are beneficiant sufficient for good consolation up entrance, although the seating place is considerably low—some might not like the feeling of wanting up at sure different autos in visitors. A part of the Stinger’s enchantment is a low, racy profile however the sloping roofline reduces out there rear-seat headroom, and legroom isn’t as ample as in entrance. Certainly, seating for adults is fairly nicely dominated out if the entrance seats should be moved all the best way again. Plus, the dramatically sloped rear window produces a slitlike view when seen by the mirror.
Even on the GT-Line’s entry stage the cabin makes beneficiant use of engaging soft-touch supplies. Simply managed controls embrace audio-system quantity and tuning knobs and bodily buttons to allow different infotainment features. The massive new touchscreen is straightforward to succeed in and function. It has typical present Kia graphics, resembling a “retro” vacuum-tube show for intuitively programmed radio stations. The system consists of navigation (maps present up nicely on the brand new show) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility are customary.
Local weather settings nonetheless make use of simple-to-use rotary dials to set temperature, although fan-speed and mode choices are topic to repetitive-push buttons. In lieu of the toggle-type shift-by-wire gear selector that was in GT2s we’ve examined up to now, the GT-Line has a traditional console-mounted shifter with individually chosen drive ranges.
There’s nothing particular concerning the cabin cupboard space for private objects. Each the glovebox and console field are small. Different options are bottle holders within the doorways and pouches on the backs of the entrance seats. There are 12-volt energy retailers and USB cost ports entrance and rear, in addition to a USB enter in entrance. A pair of uncovered cup holders within the console is matched by twin receptacles within the pull-down middle armrest within the again seat.
The hatchback design does open up a bigger maintain than is obtainable in any sedan. The rear seat backs fold stage with the cargo flooring, one thing not all sedans can declare. (It helped this tester to move a small snow blower turned on its aspect.) A pivoting cowl gives some safety of cargo from prying eyes and there’s some hidden storage beneath the ground.
Within the Stinger, Kia has give you a delightful-to-drive, inexpensive various to some sport sedans with massive reputations. It’s somewhat ironic, then, that its largest aggressive gross sales menace most likely comes from the SUVs which can be crowding out passenger automobiles.
2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line Gallery
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2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line
2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line