The Stinger is the most fun-to-drive car ever offered by Kia. It evenly competes against many of today’s German sports sedans for a much lower price. A fantastic warranty also helps make the Stinger an unbeatable bargain. Read on to learn more details about this highly recommended model.
What’s New for 2021?
With some big updates scheduled for next year, Kia opted not to make any notable changes to the 2021 model.
What Styles Does It Come In?
The 2021 Kia Stinger is a midsize sedan, which provides enough room for up to five passengers. Buyers can stick with the Stinger’s standard RWD system or opt for an AWD system.
What Are the Available Trims?
There are four different Stinger trims to choose from. Car shoppers seeking an affordable sports sedan will like the base GT-Line trim. It’s loaded with quite a few features that are typically an additional cost, including heated leather seats and wireless smartphone charging. Other highlights consist of an 7.0-inch touch display, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. Power comes from a turbo four-cylinder engine.
Drivers who need more muscle can step up to the GT model. It upgrades performance with a twin-turbo V6 engine. Additional performance features, like a limited-slip rear differential and Brembo brakes, are also found on the Stinger GT. Another upgrade is the sedan’s nine-speaker stereo system.
A level above the Stinger GT is the GT1 model. While it comes equipped with the same engine, an adaptive suspension system enables drivers to adjust ride comfort. Ventilated front seats provide a cool breeze on humid days. Other perks include an amplified Harman Kardon premium sound system, an 8.0-inch touch display, and power sunroof.
Featuring Nappa leather upholstery, the Stinger GT2 sits atop the range. An upgraded driver’s seated with adjustable bolsters and heated rear seats seek to further improve comfort. Kia also equips the Stinger GT2 with more high-tech goodies, such as a head-up display and a 360-degree parking camera.
Some people won’t be able to resist the Stinger’s award-winning exterior design. When first seeing the new Stinger, many are amazed by its seductive styling. It’s essentially a four-door coupe. Bold paint colors include Federation Orange and HiChroma Red.
Even the budget-friendly GT-Line model features several sporty design cues, including dual exhaust pipes. While the Stinger GT-Line comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, upsized 19-inch alloy wheels are found on the higher trim levels. Painted brake calipers and full LED lighting are exclusive to the V6-powered models.
The Stinger’s infotainment system is hassle-free. It doesn’t take long for most drivers to become comfortable using the interface. While a larger 8.0-inch display is available, even the standard 7.0-inch screen has advanced smartphone support. Music fanatics who desire the most powerful sound will enjoy the available Harman Kardon premium audio system.
For most people, the base Stinger GT-Line will prove to be a fun daily-driver. This model's turbo four-cylinder engine generates 255 horsepower, which translates to brisk acceleration. However, moving up to the GT model’s twin-turbo V6 engine results in a noticeably stronger punch. Its 365-horsepower output lowers the sedan’s 0-60 mph time to 4.5 seconds. Both engines use the same eight-speed auto transmission.
Automotive journalists praise the Stinger for its great driving dynamics. It handles remarkably well on curvy roads. Precise steering helps drivers to take command. The car’s standard suspension also does an admirable job of ironing out bumps.
Buyers who need an efficient car for daily commuting will favor the Stinger GT-Line. It’s rated by the EPA to average 22 mpg town/29 mpg freeway. Stepping up to the GT model lowers fuel economy to 17 mpg town/25 mpg freeway. Both of the available powertrains are engineered to use premium gasoline.
Quality and Comfort
Well-padded seats and generous legroom make the 2021 Kia Stinger a fun family car. The new Stinger also features a rear hatch as opposed to a trunk. This feature maximizes storage space. Interior quality is also excellent for a car that has a starting MSRP under $35,000. Buyers will be more than happy with the cabin’s fit-and-finish.
The 2021 Kia Stinger managed to receive a top overall safety score from the federal government. It also comes standard with a valuable blind-spot monitoring system. Rear parking sensors are found on every trim. Automated emergency braking, driver attention warning, and smart cruise control are just a few of the available options.
Driving enthusiasts who need a practical sports sedan must test drive the 2021 Kia Stinger. While the higher trim levels pack the most power, there’s a lot to like about the attractively priced GT-Line model. Remember, every new Stinger will come with a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Kia Stinger MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.