2019 Kia Stinger GT
Kia’s Stinger represents huge value for performance, especially in its midlevel trims.
Specific cost-cutting measures, like the switch in shifters, feels like unnecessary cost cutting.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Stinger may be a luxury tourer with an unconventional badge on the hood, but you’ll be hard pressed to find the same features and performance in a similar package without spending tens of thousands more.
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Price of 2019 Kia Stinger GT- $32,990
Starting price of 2019 Kia Stinger GT is $32,990. It may vary from location to location, please check with the nearby dealers.
Here at LTR magazine, we’re big fans of the Kia Stinger. We gave this shapely hatchback our 2018 Shift Award for Vehicle of the Year, and after spending a year with a long-term tester, we walked away thoroughly impressed.
What makes the Stinger so special? For starters, look at it. Then pop the hood and you’ll find — in the case of GT models, anyway — a potent, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine. Even in its fully loaded GT2 spec, the Stinger represents one hell of a bargain at around $52,000. But even when you peel away the options, there’s a lot to like about Kia’s performance GT.
Less expensive, not cheaper
The car tested here is still a Stinger GT, meaning it’s powered by the 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6, and not the 2.0-liter I4 of lesser models. But this one lacks many of the creature comforts found in our long-term GT2 tester. That also means it carries a price tag of $41,915, including destination.
The downgrade in trim level isn’t immediately noticeable from the outside. You still get 19-inch wheels and LED lights, and that sexy Stinger shape. But inside, the buttery-soft Nappa leather is replaced by a cheaper hide, though it’s easy to forgive when dyed in my test car’s lovely shade of dark red.
A standard Stinger GT also ditches the shift-by-wire transmission lever for a more traditional handle, even though the gearbox itself is identical. This seems like a weird bit of cost-cutting, but honestly, I prefer the standard gear-shifter — it’s far less confusing for most ordinary folks. The standard GT also does without a sunroof, meaning there’s more headroom to accommodate my 6-foot, 4-inch frame.