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Fighting Above Its Class - 2018 Kia Stinger First Drive -

Fighting Above Its Class - 2018 Kia Stinger First Drive -

"So for the fully loaded 2018 Kia Stinger, you're looking at about $52,000. That will barely get you a base BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. You'll miss the base Audi A7 by $18,000 and the Panamera by a full $33,000. Prestige or not, the Stinger just succeeded in a category in which Lexus, Infiniti and Acura are having difficulties finding a foothold.

If money weren't an issue, we probably wouldn't cross-shop it with the aforementioned German luxury sedans, but for most of us, money is an issue."

In a Word, Sorta

As a grand touring sedan, the 2018 Kia Stinger promises the ability to transport two couples for a weekend getaway with a healthy dose of style, comfort and performance. In regard to these basic tasks, yes, the Stinger succeeds. When you compare it against those German luxury sedans, it has some of them beat in categories such as power output, interior space and cargo capacity. That's an impressive feat for a carmaker that has been associated with affordability rather than affluence. At the same time, however, the Stinger doesn't surpass the benchmark sedans when it comes to the big picture.


... notes from The EDJE