2020 Kia Stinger

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$33,090 - $52,500
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2020 Kia Stinger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 24, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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What comes to your mind when you hear the name KIA? Inexpensive and affordable car maker...Let me tell you, it isn't just an economy car maker. This time, Kia has got something really special for its buyers and it is surely going to excite us all. It is the 2020 Kia Stinger.

The Stinger is an all-new luxury sports sedan from the Korean manufacturer which is very well-equipped right from its basic variants. The base comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the GT trims get a zesty turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission along with rear-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive comes as optional for all trims.

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Pros

Sporty and stylish looks

Delightful performance

Uptown interior

Cons

Slopping roofline hinders rear visibility

Tight rear seats

What's New?

Trim lineup changes for the year 2020


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Kia Stinger in Aurora Black color  2020 Kia Stinger in Snow White Pearl color  2020 Kia Stinger in Micro Blue color  2020 Kia Stinger in HiChroma Red color
Aurora Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Interior

7.0

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Kia Stinger GT-Line

GT-Line

power
255 hp @ 6,200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$33,090 - $35,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $33,090 MSRP (22/25/29) 255 hp @ 6,200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
GT-Line 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $35,290 MSRP (21/24/29) 255 hp @ 6,200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Kia Stinger GT

GT

power
365 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$39,500 - $41,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,500 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
GT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,700 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Kia Stinger GT1

GT1

power
365 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$45,400 - $47,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT1 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $45,400 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
GT1 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,600 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Kia Stinger GT2

GT2

power
365 hp @ 6,000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$50,300 - $52,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GT2 4dr Sedan (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $50,300 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
GT2 4dr Sedan AWD (3.3L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $52,500 MSRP (17/20/25) 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 3.3L, V-6, premium unleaded
8-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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The South Korean automaker has taken a significant step with the Kia Stinger. The GT Trim boasts a 365 horsepower V6 engine that sends power to all the wheels and also adds refined and plush interior, enough to take on its German rivals. The price for the 2020 Kia Stinger starts at $33,900.

The Kia Stinger has made its fame in an aggressive segment, in relatively a very little extent of time. For the year 2020, the Stinger enters into the pool with some heavyweights such as the Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon, and Chrysler 300. Will the Stinger be able to triumph in this arena?

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Rear View

8.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Kia Stinger Features

8.5/10

Kia Stinger is a four-door sedan with seating for five. There are four trims to choose from that include GT- Line, GT, GT1, and GT2. The base Stinger is well equipped but the GT trim adds more luxury along with techs and features. Kia has offered two engine options to choose from. The base variant comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All the three GT trims meanwhile employs a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine.

Model

GT-Line

GT

GT 1

GT 2

MSRP

$33,090

$39,500

$45,400

$50,300

MSRP(AWD) 

$35,290

$41,700

$47,600

$52,500

Key Features

Steering-Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters

Adds to GT-Line Features:

Adds to GT Features:

Adds to GT 1 Features:

 

7" Touch-Screen Display with Rear Camera

Wireless Charger, Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start

8-inch Touch-Screen Display w/ Rear Camera

8" Touchscreen Color Display w/ Navigation System

 

Rear Parking Sensors

High-Performance Brembo Brakes, Launch Control

Electronically Controlled Suspension, Limited Slip Differential

Torque Vectoring AWD

 

Leather seat trim, Heated Front Seats, Power Driver Seat

Leather Seat Trim, Power, and Heated Front Seats

Leather Seat Trim, Heated & Ventilated Front Power Seats w/ Driver's Memory

Nappa Leather Seat Trim, Front Power Seats w/ Driver's Memory

 

GT Styling with 18" Alloy Wheels

Limited Slip Differential, 19" Alloy Wheels

Auto Emergency Braking & Warning Technology

Lane Departure and Keeping Technology

 

Dual Zone Auto Climate Control

12-Volt Power Outlets, Front and Rear

Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Surround View Monitor, Head-Up Display

 

6 speakers audio system

9 speakers audio system

Harman/Kardon 15-Speaker Premium Audi

7" LCD Instrument Cluster

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The Base variant of the Stinger is a value for money affair with a lot of pre-loaded features and a high-performance engine. But if you want more power under the hood to go with the GT trim that gets a powerful 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine producing a whopping 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. It also gets enough additional features over the base and the Premium trim, so you would not be left wanting for more.

2020 Kia Stinger Engine and Performance

Kia Stinger gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 255 horsepower and 260-pound-feet of torque. It feels sluggish when compared to the GT powertrain that gets a prodigious turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. The V6 check in with 365 horsepower and 376-pound-feet of torque.

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan has 2.0-liter Inline-4 Engine

The growling V6 delivers smooth thrust and is meaty enough to launch you from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. An eight-speed transmission meanwhile is standard across all trims that shifts quickly and in engaging. The engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Models

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

MSRP

$32,990

$29,895

$29,470

$35,800

Engine

2.0-liter Inline-4

3.6-liter V-6 regular gas

3.6-liter V-6 regular gas

3.5-liter V-6

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

255 hp @ 6200 rpm

292 hp @ 6,350 rpm

292 hp @ 6,350 rpm

301 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

260 ft-lbs. @ 1400 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm

267 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

 

The Kia Stinger appears a tad humble in front of the opponents. It generates 255 horses and 260 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Dodge Charger SXT and the Chrysler 300, offer identical power figures with 292 ponies and 260 lb.-ft. When it comes to sheer power the Toyota Avalon takes the edge with 301 hp and 267 lb.-ft. Of torque.

Acceleration

The 2.0L Stinger accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 sec which is not that bad but not so good either. Stinger runs to cover the quarter of a mile distance in just 14.7 seconds at a speed of 106.9 mph. The 260 lb-ft of torque released at 1400 rpm gives it the thrust to get started quickly which is quite impressive.

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan covers 0-60 MPH in just 5.9 sec

Though the 2.0L Stinger is lighter than its GT version, it is still a bit heavy car and this factor makes it get the third position among its rivals.

Model

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

0-60 MPH

5.9

6.4

6.2

6.0

Quarter Mile

14.7

14.8

15.7

14.6

Engine

2.0L

3.6L

3.6L

3.5L

The Kia Stinger manages to pull off the best 0-60 dash figures in the segment. The closest finish is made by the Toyota Avalon that manages the dash in dot 6 seconds. The Chrylser 300 and the Dodge Charger SXT follow up with a 0-60 figure of 6.2 and 6.4 seconds respectively.

Braking Performance

Brakes feel capable while stopping hard although the stopping distance of 113 feet is not the best in the class. The pedal meanwhile feels a little soft. The GT models get Brembo brakes for better performance.

The brake neither seems too heavy not too volatile and can be accentuated easily under heavy braking conditions.

Model

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

Brake front

(in.)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12

Brake Rear

(in.)

12.4

12.6

12.6

11.1

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3649

3,934

4,013

3560

60-0 MPH (ft.)

113

107

109

115

The Dodge Charger is the best player of this stage with a 60-0 distance of a mere 107 ft. The Chrysler 300 decreases from 60-0 mph in 109 feet, whereas the Avalon demands a distance of 115 ft.

Ride and Handling

Stinger’s low stance provides stability while driving at higher speeds, making the car nimble around turns. Although the adaptive suspension is available only in the GT model, the standard suspension in the 2.0L version of the Stinger works well soaking up most of the bumps in the road. Despite being lengthier and wider than its rivals, it still manages to achieve amazing handling.

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Three Quarter View

You could push it with all your might, but the Stinger would not function like a seasoned sports car. Including Smart, Eco, Comfortable, and Sport driving modes, the sedan attempts to alter its performance and ride quality, firm up its suspension and powertrain but fumbles out on really delivering these when contrasted to its rivals.

2020 Kia Stinger Fuel Economy

The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine checks in with 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is rated at 21/29/24 mpg. These numbers are not impressive when to others in the segment. The V6 meanwhile drops the ratings further as it is rated at 19/25/21 mpg with both the rear and all-wheel drive.

Model

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

MPG (city)

22

19

19

22

MPG (highway)

29

30

30

32

MPG (combined)

25

23

23

26

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.9 gal.

18.5 gal.

18.5 gal.

14.5 gal.

Range (city/highway) (miles)

350/461

352/555

352/555

319/464

All the cars of this portion delivers almost similar fuel-efficiency figures, however, the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 lag by the difference of just 2 miles, with both the rides delivering a combined mpg of 23. The Toyota Avalon delivers the best in class performance with 26 combined mpg.

2020 Kia Stinger Interior

7.0/10

Ingress and egress are made easy by the tall front doors but the rear passenger will need to squat down to clear the sloping roofline. The telescopic steering wheel and the driver's seat have lots of adjustments to cater to the needs of short or long drivers. The driver also gets a good side and rearview but the front roof pillar may obstruct the view while making left turns.  

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front Seats

Kia Stinger seats five and there is ample legroom in both the rows to accommodate even the tallest of the passenger. Despite a sloping roofline, the Stinger offers a decent amount of headroom in the back but passenger above six feet might bang their head on the roof.

Model

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.4/58.3/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

37.4/58.3/42.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.5/57.1/40.3

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.5/57.1/40.3

The cabin attempts to look chic and elegant like the German marque’s and benefits on some accounts of the quality elements used around the cabin. The hard plastic is well decorated to look and feel high-class.

Interior Features :

  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Full floor console with covered box
  • Retained accessory power
  • 3 12V DC power outlets
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Homelink garage door transmitter
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls

Infotainment System

The 7-inch infotainment system offered in the base model of the Stinger is a decent one that is connected with 6-speakers. The higher versions of the Stinger are offered with a much better 8-inch infotainment system with a 15-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. The most notable features include

  • 6 speakers audio system
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Voice-activated radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 12V power outlets
  • Wireless phone charging

Cargo Capacity

Kia Stinger gets exceptional cargo space. It leads the segment in terms of cargo volume while its rivals don’t even come close to it. The integrated trunk lid is designed so well that the cargo capacity in the Stinger is at least 25-30% more than an average mid-size sedan sold in the US.

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 23.3 cu ft.

The luggage  accommodation is pretty practical, with a number of grooves and a deep handrest storage pocket that can hold your small utility items.

Model

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

23.3

16.1

16.3

16.1

Stinger impresses and leads the segment. with more than 23 cubic feet of space below its trunk hood. All the other cars offer around 16 cubic feet of cargo space, with the Toyota Avalon and the Dodge Charger being the weakest on the cargo space ranking.

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front view
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Steering wheel
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Dashboard
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Rear Seats

2020 Kia Stinger Exterior

Stinger’s sleek design with a tiger-nose like a grill on the front side and a hatchback like an integrated trunk lid on the rear is definitely eye-grabbing. The GT version and the base model are slightly different when it comes to the rear end where the rear bumper and the taillights of the GT are sportier than the base model.

2020 Kia Stinger Sedan 3rd Quarter View

However, the quad exhaust tips are available on the GT as well as the base model. The base model of the Stinger comes with 18-inch alloy wheels while the GT version gets a 19-inch alloy wheel. In terms of dimensions, the 2020 Kia Stinger is wider and longer than most in the segment.

Model

Kia Stinger

Dodge Charger Sedan

Chrysler 300

Toyota Avalon

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3611

3,934

4,013

3560

Length (in.)

190.2

198.4

198.6

195.9

Width (in.)

73.6

75.0

75.0

72.8

Height (in.)

55.1

58.2

58.5

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

4.9

5.0

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

114.4

120.2

120.2

113.0

Track Width (in.) F/R

62.8/63.7

63.4/63.8

63.4/63.8

62.6/63.4

The Kia Stinger’s dimensions lend the ride an ideal sports car vibe that grabs a lot of hearts. The front overhung long-hood, along with the sloping roofline gives it extraordinary proportions that can match the looks of any other premium sedans.

Exterior Features 

The Stinger looks sporty yet subtle and some of the most noteworthy elements that lend this car this charismatic look are:

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Chrome surround black grille
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Black rear bumper insert
  • Black front bumper insert
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Quad-twin Exhaust pipes
  • Rearview camera
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • LED Taillights
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Side View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Side View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Side View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Side View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front View
2020 Kia Stinger Sedan Front View

2020 Kia Stinger Safety

Both the Federal and the private organizations have not crash-tested the 2020 Kia Stinger but the Korean manufacturer offers a wide range of safety features. The GT trims get all the available safety features which are optional otherwise. They come bundled with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and blind-spot monitors to name the few.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • UVO eServices Emergency Sos
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Restricted Driving Mode
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2020 Kia Stinger Competition

Kia Stinger vs. Dodge Charger SXT

Priced at $29,895, the Dodge Charger is one of the most generous gifts of the segment. The ride houses a 3.6L V6 engine that can generate 292 hp along with 260 lb.-ft. Of torque, together which can launch the Charger from 0-60 in just 6.4 seconds. The Charger offers a combined mpg of 23, and a cargo volume of 16.2 cubic inches, which is much smaller than the Stinger, but what you get in return is a typical muscle character oozing ride.

2020 Dodge Charger SXT

Kia Stinger vs. Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is the most expensive offering of this segment with a starting price of $35,880, though this ride is deserving every penny you consume on it. Fitted with a 3.5L V6, the Avalon runs on 301 ponies along with 267 lb.-ft. Of torque. These are the highest power figures in the segment, making it sprint from 0-60 in dot 6 seconds, also making it the fastest in the league. Even after possessing such power figures, the Avalon returns the best in class mpg figures.

2020 Toyota Avalon Sedan

 

2020 Kia Stinger Final Verdict

Kia Stinger is a success in many ways. It comes bundled with most of the techs and features available in the market that too at an affordable price. Its performance is also at par with the German rivals and it does many things better than the latter. There is choice of three powertrain to choose from along with all wheel drive to boost the Stinger’s performance. There is also lots of room in both the rows to easily accommodate adults.