2021 KIA STINGER
The Kia Stinger shocked consumers and turned heads when it first debuted. A sports car from Kia Motors? That’s new, and with many features standard across the lineup, nearly anyone could afford a luxurious and powerful sports car. Entering 2021 with a mid-cycle refresh, the Kia Stinger is new and improved.
Twin Turbocharged 3.3L V6
Avail. Engine Type
Fully embracing the GT lineup for Kia Motors, the 2021 Kia Stinger has four trims: GT-Line, GT, GT1, and GT2. The GT-Line trim is powered by a Twin Scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine, optimized with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) for added performance. Able to generate 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, equipped with idle stop and go for conserving fuel efficiency, this engine is a good start. Powering the rest of the GT trims in the lineup is a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6, also optimized with CVVT and equipped with idle stop and go. The V6 is able to deliver up to 365 horsepower 376 lb-ft of torque.
Both engine types come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Every trim offers consumers to opt-in for all-wheel drive (AWD) with an electronically controlled transfer case. If going with the default real-wheel drive, the Kia Stinger GT-Line gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and the rest of the lineup has a fuel economy of 17/25 mpg city/highway. If opting for AWD, the GT-Line has a fuel economy of 21/29 mpg city/highway, and the rest of the lineup has a highway fuel economy of 25 mpg.
As noted above, many great features come standard on every 2021 Kia Stinger trim. Across the lineup, consumers will find heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, a Smart Welcome system, solar control glass, sound-absorbing front door windows, automatic headlamps, and rear LED lamps. All trims but the GT can get a little more light, with a sunroof with a power sunshade standard on the GT1 and GT2, optional on the GT-Line.
All trims but the GT-Line come with LED rear turn signals and full LED headlights. Consumers will also find auto-dimming outside mirrors on the GT1 and GT2, and a Smart Power Trunk on the GT2. The GT-Line rides on 18-inch GT alloy wheels, whereas the rest of the lineup rides on 19-inch GT alloy wheels.
Did we mention every trim is luxurious? The upholstery across the trim is leather, with Nappa leather trim in the GT2. A 12-way power adjustable seat is also the standard, going up to 16-ways with the GT2 and a few extra features; the GT and G1 also come with an 8-way adjustable passenger seat, going up to 12-way in the GT2. Every trim comes with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift (heated steering option available), an auto-dimming rearview mirror (with HomeLink® and Compass on GT1 and GT2), a Smart Key with Push-Button Start engine and immobilizer, under-floor storage, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. This thing is jacked!
Of course, to separate some from the many, only the GT1 and GT2 come with a driver’s seat integrated memory system (IMS) and ventilated front seats. The GT2 also comes with heated rear outboard seats. Except for the GT-Line, the interior comes with LED map lighting and multi-color LED accent lighting for true personalization with that Smart Welcome feature.
Every trim in the lineup comes with UVO eServices, the main difference being if it’s on a 7-inch display or an 8-inch with voice-command navigation (GT1 and GT2). All trims come with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth wireless technology with voice recognition, and a rear camera display with dynamic parking guidelines. A six-speaker audio system is the setup for the GT-Line, followed by a nine-speaker system on the GT trim, and then a Harman Kardon premium audio system with 15 speakers on the GT1 and GT2. To control all of this are steering wheel -mounted audio buttons, as well as hands-free phone. Drive Mode select and a wireless phone charger are also available across the lineup. The major difference is a head-up display (HUD) on the GT2.
Safety Features and Warranty
Interested in the safety of its consumers, all Kia Motors vehicles come with the standard basic safety features, including dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a rollover sensor, an anti-lock brake system, stability and traction control systems, a rear occupant alert system, and LATCH child-seat ready anchors. Going the extra mile, every trim also comes with blind spot collision warning, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic collision warning, The GT1 and GT2 also come with a driver attention warning system, forward collision warning, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and smart cruise control with stop and go. A surround view monitor is found only on the GT2. A parking distance warning (PDW) rear can be found on the GT-Line, and parking distance warning (PDW) front and rear on all GT trims.
Kia has a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program. The Kia 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program consists of 10-year/1000,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan.