When Did the Kia Stinger Come Out?

These days it seems like Kia can’t miss. Kia has a compelling option in almost every vehicle category. Recently, this Korean based carmaker has branched out into the luxury car realm, and its Kia Stinger sedan a great example. The Stinger is a relatively new model that still flies under the radar. So you might be wondering, when did the Kia Stinger come out?

About the first-ever Kia Stinger 

Kia Stinger compact executive 4-door fastback on display at Brussels Expo
The Kia Stinger | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Kia first introduced the Stinger for 2018. Even though the Stinger wears a Kia badge, it’s technically a luxury car. And to the surprise of many, the Stinger’s dashing driving dynamics allow it to truly compete with models like the Audi A5 and the BMW 4 Series. 

Reviewers at U.S. News were so impressed with the all-new Stinger that they gave the sedan a 9/10 for performance. The 2018 Stinger offers two potent engine options. Stinger and Stinger Premium models will have a 255-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine is lauded for its smoothness and liveliness. However, critics recommend the Stinger GT variant for a more forceful experience. With the GT, you get a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that’s also linked to an eight-speed. According to U.S. News’ tests, the GT goes from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds; that’s 1.2 seconds quicker than the standard engine. Reviewers also recognize the GT for its available torque. 

“What makes the Stinger GT especially satisfying to drive is its deep well of accessible torque. The twin-turbo V6 offers up its maximum 376 lb.-ft. of torque from just 1,350 rpm up to 4,200 rpm, so throttle response is immediate and lively around town, on the highway for merging or passing, and for taking a fast line through entertaining corners on your favorite stretch of twisty road. “

Interior elements 

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As you would expect from a luxury car, the Stinger boasts a refined cabin too. This car can carry up to five people and is standard with leather upholstery. Other standard amenities include a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats.

Some models will have upgraded Nappa leather upholstery plus heated and cooled front seats. Overall, the Stinger’s cabin is accommodating, but it might be a tough squeeze for passengers over six feet.

Furthermore, the 2018 Stinger offers plenty of in-car tech. The base infotainment system includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Stinger also comes with practical safety features, including lane departure warning and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection. 

Reliability ratings for the 2018 Stinger 

New Kia Stinger during Mondial Paris Motor Show 2018 in Paris, France
The Kia Stinger | Daniel Pier/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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The 2018 Stinger earned average reliability scores from both U.S. News and Consumer Reports. According to CR, the most common trouble spots associated with the Stinger relate to its body integrity and paint trim, but there are only a few complaints here. Although, the NHTSA did recall this model once in 2018 for a concern with its electrical system. Make sure that you properly address this action with your auto dealer. 

Overall, Stinger owners have been very pleased with their model. Stinger owners are the happiest about their car’s comfort levels, driving experience, and value. Expect to pay between $23,775 – $36,625 depending on the trim that you pick.