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If you want a sports sedan with a practical liftback, performance credentials, and a starting point that undercuts much of the competition, there’s a name that should be on your list: Stinger. The Kia Stinger proves that Kia can step into the ring with the likes of Audi and even Dodge’s V8-powered Chargers. Of course, opting for a fully-loaded 2022 Kia Stinger might push your budget close to luxury sports sedan territory. Is a range-topping 2022 Kia Stinger GT2 worth it, or should you stick with the entry-level GT-Line or GT1?

How much is a fully loaded 2022 Kia Stinger?

The 2022 Kia Stinger offers AWD and explosive power a fully loaded Kia Stinger GT2 levels.
2022 Kia Stinger | Kia

The best option for potential owners looking for a fully loaded 2022 Kia Stinger is the range-topping GT2 AWD. The GT2 starts at $52,335, but the AWD option pushes the base to around $54,535. Moreover, special paint options like Hichroma Red can cost about $495. With that point at around $55,000, the Stinger GT2 AWD approaches premium heights, like that of a 2022 BMW M340i. 

Still, with a melodious exhaust note and 368 horsepower on tap, the Kia Stinger GT2 is a serious sports sedan. Better yet, if the GT2’s starting point of around $52,335 is too steep for your liking, you can get the same 3.3L turbocharged V6 in the more affordable 2022 Kia Stinger GT1 at a more accessible starting price. The 2022 GT1 starts at $45,035, making it much cheaper than the range-topping GT2 AWD. 

Is the Stinger worth it?

The 2022 Kia Stinger is worth consideration if you want practicality and power in your daily-drivable sleeper. For bragging rights, Car and Driver managed to coax the 4,179-lb, AWD-equipped GT2 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. That puts the four-door five-seater within striking distance of the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT. Moreover, the Stinger’s liftback platform accommodates around 23.3 cubic feet of cargo. 

A fully loaded 2022 Kia Stinger is an AWD-equipped Stinger GT2.
2022 Kia Stinger | Kia

The combination of speed, practicality, and competitive pricing make the Kia Stinger GT1, and even the fully-loaded GT2 with AWD, performance bargains. Of course, if you want a more premium badge in your sports sedan, options from BMW and Audi are relatively close to the GT2 AWD, like the 2022 Audi S5. 

Is there a 2023 Kia Stinger GT1?

Unfortunately for fans of the middle-point trim, Kia isn’t producing a 2023 Kia Stinger GT1. Instead, the 2023 Stinger lineup will include just two trims: the entry-level GT-Line, and the performance-oriented GT2. That’s unfortunate news for potential Stinger owners who liked the lower starting price point of the GT1 without giving up the powerful 3.3L turbocharged V6. 

A fully loaded 2022 Kia Stinger GT2 isn't cheap and might cost as much as comparable Audis and BMWs.
2022 Kia Stinger | Kia

What can you buy instead of a fully loaded 2022 Kia Stinger? 

While the 2022 Kia Stinger and its fully loaded GT2 AWD option provide excellent performance without sacrificing practicality, you have some options. First, a gas-guzzling, tire-scorching Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack produces 485 horsepower, has around 16.5 cubic feet of cargo volume, and the conspicuous Widebody starts at roughly $56,335. The Charger is a questionably sensible sedan with hilarious horsepower. 

Better yet, if you want a premium badge on your sports sedan alternative for the Kia Stinger GT2 AWD, check out a BMW M340i. The Bavarian brute in a sensible suit hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and starts at a similar point to the GT2 AWD. Of course, Kia’s performance liftback is a solid choice for just about any sleeper shopper. Scroll down to the following article to read more about the Stinger and other quick sedans!


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