Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Kia once again catapults on its success with its first sports sedan— the Stinger, and gives it a well needed update for 2022. First released for the 2018 model year, the Stinger came out of left field. A sport sedan from an automaker best known for creating cheap economy cars isn’t exactly going to be the top of anyone’s want list. Kia had other plans, putting a twin turbo V6 in its top trims, paired with one of the best DCTs around. Now, for 2022, they expand on their success, making a great car even better.
In addition to brand new colors, the Stinger will get a new base engine. Slashed is the old base 2.0 L Turbo 4 cylinder. Kia decided, that’s not Stinger enough. They tossed in a new 2.5 L turbo 4 banger. Now pushing out around 300 horses and 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, Kia says this strays away from the notion of “entry-level”. How many 300 horsepower entry level cars are really out there anyway? New wheel designs bespoke its high performance tires as well. While the new engine might be the only upgrade under the hood, plenty more has been done in order to make the Stinger even more aggressive.
New LED headlights and DRLs give the Stinger a more stealthy look. A variable note exhaust system allows the driver to change the exhaust note at their whim. New taillights put the brake light above instead of around the turn signal, making it seem more fresh and modern. The GT trim is also gone as well, succeeded by the GT1 and 2 trims, making more features affordable at lower price points. The new GT-Line base engine, in addition to a larger displacement, gets a 45 HP and 61 lb-ft of torque over the outgoing Stinger. Despite the increase in size, fuel economy will stay the same, if not better. Posting a solid 22/32 MPG, the highway MPG gets a boost from 29 to 32. The price also jumps up about $2,500 from last years model in order to capitalize on demand, a sign of good times for the Stinger.
Overall, the Stinger maintains its good virtues in its class. A high performance competitor, mixed with daily driver. A special edition Scorpion edition with cosmetic elements and a distinctive rear spoiler is set to release later this year.