Now that the 2018 Kia Stinger is out, we’re all trying to get our hands on one, whether it’s for a test drive, a first drive review, or just to feel the glory of the new Kia sports car. Well, if you are looking for one in South Florida, head to Miami Lakes Automall because we have several Kia Stinger models available. One of our writers took a ride in the Kia Stinger GT2 to learn a little more about the car and what drivers can expect, like a configurable LCD display and a multitude of user settings.
Navigating the Display
It may not seem intuitive to everyone, but these days, many automakers put a button on the steering wheel that makes it possible for users to adjust some settings, such as turning off the chime notification of the Lane Departure Warning system. Such settings will be displayed on the LCD monitor behind the steering wheel. To get to the main menu, press the steering-wheel mounted button that looks like two sheets of paper. The driver can press it multiple times to cycle through several menus, including fuel economy, driving range, G-force, and User Settings.
Upon arriving at the User Settings menu, another button right underneath the aforementioned button is used to move the selection on screen up or down, and pressing it acts as an “enter” or “okay” button. Use these directions to find the User Settings display. There’s plenty to cover.
Upon reaching the User Settings screen, it may be a bit daunting at first. There’s multiple menus there, each with their own set of options. The list consists of:
The 2018 Kia Stinger first debuted at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and we waited an entire year to see it available on the Kia Motors website. That isn’t to say of course that the Kia Stinger didn’t have select promotional gigs to get the crowd boiling with anticipation, one of which was a drag race between fashion models and celebrities during Fashion Week in New York. Now, it’s all come full circle, and just as soon as the 2018 Kia Stinger was made available, a special one-off custom Kia Stinger was developed and presented at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
The 2018 Kia Stinger
Before we talk about this one-time custom-made 2018 Kia Stinger, let’s talk about what makes the vehicle so great in the first place. Both powertrain options for the Kia Stinger are incredible, whether driving in a low-tier trim or one of the three high-tier GT trims. Found on the base (2.0L) and Premium trims is a twin turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), idle stop and go (ISG), and gasoline direct injection (GDI). The 2018 Kia Stinger 2.0L and Premium trims can generate up to 255 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and can get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway if paired with a rear-wheel drivetrain. If driving with an all-wheel drivetrain, the combined fuel economy of each is 24 mpg.
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT trims, GT, GT1, and GT2, are all powered by the same engine, a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine with the same add-on designs as the 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. This twin turbocharged V6 engine can generate up to 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of drivetrain, the Kia Stinger GT trims have a fuel economy of 19/25 mpg city/highway.
J.D. Power recently released the results of the annual dependability study and Kia Motors did great. Overall Kia Motors ranked fifth in the dependability study, and the Kia Rio ranked highest in the small car segment.
J.D. Power Dependability Study
The J.D. Power Dependability Study examines the number of problems owners have reported in the last year of ownership of their three-year-old vehicle (2015 model year) and overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. This year 31 brands were included in the study.
In the last two years, the Kia brand has been doing really great. For two years in a row, Kia has been named Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Study, which is something that a non-luxury brand hadn’t accomplished in decades. In the 2018 dependability study, 2018 Kia models had an overall score of 122 problems per 100 vehicles, which was the fifth best score. Kia was one of only two non-luxury brands among the highest ranking brands and excluding luxury brands, Kia ranked the second highest.
The 2015 Kia Rio had 103 problems per 100 vehicles, which was the best out of any small car. The Rio is available in two body styles, the Rio 5-Door, which is a hatchback, and the Rio, which is a sedan. The Kia Rio is a versatile small car because it is extremely fuel efficient, but the small cabin feels fairly spacious and it has a lot of modern amenities. 2015 and 2018 Kia Rio models are both equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gives the Rio an average fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 mpg.
The 2018 Kia Rio and Kia Rio 5-Door are both available in three different trims, the LX, S and EX. The Rio LX and S trims are fitted with a five-inch touchscreen, and the Rio EX has a seven-inch touchscreen. The Rio comes standard with a USB charging port, auxiliary jack and a 12-volt outlet.
Safety and Warranty
When it comes to safety and warranty, Kia shines. Kia is one of the few brands that makes all safety features the same on all trims. Kia also back all of their vehicles with a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty.
Shop the Kia Rio and Other Kia Models at Miami Lakes Automall
Want to take a look at the highest ranked small car in the 2018 J.D. Power Dependability Study? Come to Miami Lakes Kia and check out our selection of Kia Rio models. If you are looking for something a little bigger, we have all Kia models available for you to test drive.
See for yourself what makes the 2018 Kia Stinger such an exciting vehicle, right from inception. Take a closer look at the comparison in the video below between the Kia Stinger GT, the BMW 640i and Porsche Panamera. Testing was done by AMCI Testing, an independent company, and it included four tests (0-60 mph acceleration test, cornering test, a closed-course lap, and the slalom) designed to showcase the unique abilities of these vehicles.
Did you think this would be a fair race between the comparison of a Kia and a Porsche. Yes, yes. Yes, indeed! Most readers would be surprised to know the 2018 Kia Stinger is as fast (yes, it is) reliable (yes, it is.) and stunningly cheaper than the Porsche Paramera. (Yes, of course!)
What really makes this competition unique is the price difference between both models. The Kia Stinger and the Porsche Panamera are both performance sportscars, but there’s a huge price difference between the two models. The 2018 Kia Stinger GT with Limited Slip Differential package is $41,250 (plus destination fees) and the 2018 Porsche Panamera with a 3.0-liter V6 engine has a starting MSRP of $89,600, which is more than double the cost of the Kia Stinger!!
The 2018 Kia Stinger GT produces 365 horsepower with 376-lb-ft of torque with a gusty twin turbo 3.3-liter V6 engine. The 2018 Kia Stinger also has a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine as well. The Porsche Panamera 3.0-liter V6 engine.
The 2018 Kia Stinger has wicked fast speed and gets up 168 MPH, and it accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds, which was faster than the Porsche Panamera. The Porsche Panamera accelerates from 0-60 mph in more than 5.1 seconds, hitting 192 MPH as a top speed. Remarkable speed and acceleration from the 2018 Kia Stinger to beat the competition.
Corner Steering and Turning Comparison
While the Kia Stinger is faster than the Porsche, it didn’t grip quite as well as the Porsche Panamera during the corner G-Force test, but it performed better than the 2018 BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport. Unless you’re traveling at very high speeds while turning, that’s not important enough to make any driver want a Porsche over the 2018 Kia Stinger.
Moving through a straight line while curving around cones presented no problem for the Kia Stinger as it was only 0.2 seconds slower than the the time the Porsche Panamera 3.0-liter V6 achieved. Moving fluidly, showing the ultimate response speed that owners of the 2018 Kia Stinger can expect fast performance that’s exactly what makes the ride so exciting.
Closed-Course Lap Performance
In the closed-course lap, the 2018 Kia Stinger was able to showcase that it’s more than just a sporty looking vehicle. In the test, the Stinger proved to be a fast vehicle with impressive speed and performance as it completed the closed-course lap ahead of both the Porsche Panamera and BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport with a time of 45.70 seconds. Yeah, that’s right, the Kia Stinger beat the BMW 640i Gran Coupe M Sport in all four tests.
See For Yourself
Has the 2018 Kia Stinger impressed you yet? It has impressed us a great deal. From the low price, the edgy speed and remarkable handling, the Kia Stinger is truly something new and exciting.
Visit us at Miami Lakes Automall to experience the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger for yourself. Our professional staff can’t wait to show off this brand new vehicle to you for a test-drive (we love to ride in this vehicle as much as you will). We’re open seven days a week and every day is a great day to test out this fast-moving, super exciting 2018 Kia Stinger.
IF you thought the2018 Kia Stinger was done winning awards, then you are mistaken, friend. Having first debuted in 2017 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the sporty sedan from Kia Motors continued to win hearts and awards from all over. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a revolutionary vehicle for Kia Motors and it has set the bar pretty high for the future of sports cars. The amount of power, control and convenience offered in all 2018 Kia Stinger trims is second-to-none.
Back when the 2018 Kia Stinger was first released, every auto blog wanted to get their hands on a new model for a first-drive review. Organizations like AutoGuide.com also made a leap for the Stinger when it came time to survey and test vehicles for their2018 “Car of the Year” Award. Although going up against several competitors, the Kia Stinger not only won the 2018 Car of the Year award from AutoGuide.com but also the “2018 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Car of the Year Award.”
“It’s the kind of disruptive car that will send its competitors kind of scrambling to keep up. Once you drive it, it really becomes obvious that this [the Kia Stinger] is something special. And this will change things for Kia as a brand and might even change things for the whole industry”. – Jodi Lai, Editor-in-Chief at AutoGuide.com.
Kia Motors is sure enjoying the spotlight in the auto industry lately. Ever since they released the2018 Kia Niro hybrid crossover, everyone’s been turned on their heads. Chrysler may have come out with the world’s first hybrid minivan, but a hybrid crossover? And coming soon is theKia Telluride, a hybrid SUV, and theKia Niro Plug-in Hybrid was recently added to the Kia Motors lineup. After the release of the Niro, Kia released the 2018 Kia Stinger, a wonderful sports sedan that drives, looks, and feels like a muscle car. Even with all these new advancements and developments, U.S. News and World Report highlighted the fact that Kia Motors has always had great products, honoring the Kia Soul and Sorento with a special award.
The U.S. News and World Report consistently compares cars based on their safety, reliability, and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions, along with the car’s value. To measure such value, U.S. News and World Report also looks at a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published. Following this, cars are ranked in fourteen categories for quality and value in the automotive industry. For the second year in a row, the Kia Soul was honored with the Best Compact Car for the Money award and Kia Sorento claimed the Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award.
“Winning for the second consecutive year, both the Kia Soul and Sorento continue to be class leaders when it comes to offering buyers a smart balance of quality features, utility, comfort and performance, as well as long-term value.” – Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report.
Introduced in 2017, the Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover and its a head turner and not only does it look great, but it’s a Kia, so it’s manufactured by a great company. The first year the Niro was available it was rated Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and considering how well Kia and the Kia Niro have been doing lately, we won’t be surprised to see the Kia Niro earn the same rating for the 2018 model year.
The 2018 Kia Niro lineup includes four trims, and the most impressive model is the Kia Niro Touring. All Kia Niro models are equipped with a hybrid powertrain. The powertrain is made up of a 104-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 engine and a 1.56 kWh lithium ion polymer battery paired to an electric motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission. When the vehicle is working in hybrid mode, the Niro produces a combined 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Phenomenal Fuel Economy
Fuel economy is always on the minds of drivers, but you can sit back wearing a smile knowing the 2018 Kia Niro Touring averages 46 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and has a compared city/highway fuel economy of 43 mpg. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver will spend about $900 per year in fuel costs driving the Kia Niro and drivers of the Kia Niro will save about $2,500 in fuel costs in five years in comparison to the average vehicle.
The 2018 Kia Niro Touring edition is charming both inside and out. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this vehicle something to be on your list of vehicles to own.
Few vehicles provide a great ride with as much space and technology as the Kia Niro has From a 8.0-inch navigation system that is easy to use to the eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, the overall picture of the Kia Niro is that its a vehicle made for the 21st century. With adaptive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, drivers can commute while answering calls hands free and enjoy the premium sounds of their Harman Kardon premium audio system inside a spacious, secure cabin.
Loaded with features from bumper to bumper, including Active Eco and Sport driving modes, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring has leather upholstery, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with warm heated and ventilated front seats. Owners can enjoy additional standard features like a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel and mood lighting. Another nice surprise of modern technology is wireless phone charging, which is a standard feature on the 2018 Kia Niro Touring.
The Kia Niro is not your traditional hybrid crossover. Sporting a fresh sleek look, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring has HID headlights and keep a similar look of other Kia Niro trims overall on the exterior. Recently announced, the 2018 Kia Niro Touring Graphite Editions includes Platinum Graphite paint and Glassy Black 18-inch wheels and roof rail included a metallic colored grille, and 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar.
Safety Secures Peace of Mind
Between all the new technology, comfort of leather and a large navigation screen, perhaps the best feeling owners can have while driving a Kia Niro Touring is knowing how safe they are. Lane Keep Assist and adaptive cruise control comes standard with rear cross traffic alert and a rearview camera to help assist drivers pave the way for peace of mind. Front and rear parking sensors, a Forward Collision Warning system are also standard.
With a warranty that includes a 100,000-mile or 10-year limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, drivers can feel secure and confident about owning the Niro.
The Next Step
See for yourself what makes the new 2018 Kia Niro Touring a special vehicle. Curious about a test drive? Come drive a 2018 Kia Niro Touring with us today atMiami Lakes Automalland we’ll show you what you’ve been missing out on! Our professional team can’t wait to help you buy, lease or trade in your vehicle to take home the 2018 Kia Niro Touring.