New Kia Stinger Named 2018 Shift Vehicle of the Year

2018 Stinger GT2 RWD

We’d stop talking about the Kia Stinger, if it stopped giving us things to talk about, but the chatter about the new model hasn’t slowed down yet. Last week, the new Kia Stinger was named the 2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year in the latest award ceremony hosted by Roadshow by CNET.

The award was given a year after the Kia Stinger debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2017, and within the last year, the Stinger has received a lot of praise and it also arrived at dealerships like Miami Lakes Automall.

“To return this year with Stinger being recognized by the Roadshow by CNET editors as the 2018 vehicle of the year is a tremendous achievement, and is a testament to the thousands of Kia employees around the world that worked to bring the Stinger to market.” – Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America (KMA)

About the Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger is a sleek high performance car that is nothing like the other models offered by Kia. The Stinger combines Kia’s efficient, modern and original engineering concepts with a new platform and the result is a fun-to-drive sports car.

The Kia Stinger is available with two engine choices, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine. Of the two engines, the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine produces the most horsepower and torque, so that is the better option for those looking for the most bang for their buck. The 3.3L engine produces 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque and the 2.0L turbocharged engine produces 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.3L engine gives the Kia Stinger a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and the 2.0L gives the Kia Stinger a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.9 seconds.

As a brand that is always trying to offer consumers something new and original, the Stinger is a four-door, five-passenger sleek sports car, so buyers don’t have to sacrifice space for power, nor spend extra money on a five-passenger sports car that are typically only manufactured by luxury brands.

About Kia Motors

Kia has become quite popular in the automotive world in the last few years. Two years ago (2016), the Kia brand was named Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and last year (2017), Kia earned the title again. Additionally, five Kia vehicles were named Highest in Initial Quality in their class and a number of Kia models are consistently named I.I.H.S. Top Safety Picks.

With more than just a knack at producing practical and high-quality cars, Kia has been expanding their model lineup in the last few years. In addition to the new Kia Stinger, Kia has added two fuel efficient variations to the Kia Optima lineup, the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid, and the brand has also released the new Kia Niro, and a PHEV variant of the Niro will be available in the near future.

Want to give the Kia Stinger or any Kia model a closer look? Miami Lakes Kia is located in Miami Lakes between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Miami Lakes Kia has a huge selection of Kia makes, models and trims and we are open seven days a week, so it is easy to find to come in and test drive any of the Kia models we have available on the lot.

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