Kia has branched into sports-sedan territory with its new four-door hatchback Stinger. It was designed as a thoroughbred rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with an aggressive stance. In our tests, the Stinger proved to be a nimble car that combines performance, style, and practicality. But in terms of luxury and comfort, it’s not quite to the level of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags.
Road Test

Kia has branched into sports-sedan territory with its new four-door hatchback Stinger. It was designed as a thoroughbred rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with an aggressive stance. In our tests, the Stinger proved to be a nimble car that combines performance, style, and practicality. But in terms of luxury and comfort, it’s not quite to the level of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series.

The 2.0-liter, 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers ample power and a sporty engine note. There’s hardly any turbo lag. The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (255 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Kia Stinger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Rear hatch rattle. Corrected per a TSB at the dealership."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The weatherstripping around the doors make chattering sounds when going over Birkenstock's pavement or over speed bumps in parking lots"

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)

"The weatherstripping around the doors squeak and chatter over bumps or uneven pavement. You can hear the doors moving around against the body which makes annoying chattering sound."

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

"Doors are beginning to loosen and rattle."

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

"Had a rattle in the hatch area the dealer corrected the problem."

Henry B., NY (2018 Kia Stinger Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There is a rattle on cold mornings coming from the back area of the vehicle. Had it to the dealers three times& still not fixed as they can’t solve the issue (sounds like a pickup truck in cold mornings). The sun roof seems to squeak at times as if too tight and not at other times."

Dave B., ON (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Driver's door , rubber trim worn and needed to be replaced ."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I trim piece on the right side of the room had its paint finish crack and requires replacement under warranty, the same piece in the left side of the roof has no issues."

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)

"Paint chips and peels easily. More so than any other vehicle I have ever owned before."

Anonymous, OK (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Rust

"Multiple pinpoint rust extrusions on many parts of the vehicle, especially on doors on both sides of vehicle"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Vacuum booster blew fuses.It was replaced.Has worked ok since."

Anonymous, CO (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Pulsation or vibration

"Both steering wheel and brake pedal vibrated when braking at highway speeds, cause was warped rotors."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)

"The brake rotors warp very easily which is a problem especially a higher performance car"

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Rotors

"The Front brake rotors have warped causing pulsing feeling through the brake pedal when stopping. This is second set of rotors we have gone thru in 2 years. The dealer covered it under warranty."

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Living in the north East, pot holes are a fact of life. The Stinger seems to be more sensitive to rough roads and needs alignment more often than any car I ever owned."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Kia Stinger Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Left front strut was leaking upon return from a 4000 mile road trip to New Mexico and Colorado. This was discovered when I took the car in to have the tires rotated and balanced. The Kia dealer replaced the strut under warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"Misalignment causes premature tire wear, the Kia Stinger looks like it has alignment issues that need to kept track of."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Kia Stinger Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When the phone pairs with the radio, for some reason sometimes the balance of the sound goes to the rear. I constantly have to redo the balance to bring it to the middle of the car again. The techs are always unable to relocate the problem, so it continues to happen and no software updates are available."

Anonymous, (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Rear hatch glass shattered while parked. Was replaced by dealership and have had no problems since replacement."

Frank K., PA (2018 Kia Stinger Premium 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"A couple of times the system has failed to detect a car which is in the blind spot."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Kia Stinger GT 3.3-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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