Michael SimariCar and Driver
Kia’s big rear- or all-wheel-drive Stinger hatchback is an anomaly of sorts: affordable, powerful, and poised. Its closest direct competition probably comes from used Porsche Panameras. For 2022, Kia made some useful tweaks to the formula, particularly to the starter four-cylinder model, but mostly left the V-6-powered GT version well enough alone.
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Under the hood, the 2022 Stinger GT’s twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 climbs modestly from 365 to 368 horsepower.
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The Stinger GT feels strong across its rev range, an impression supported by its 376 pound-feet of torque that stretch from 1300 to 4500 rpm.
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The biggest news for 2022 concerns the Stinger’s base engine, which is now a 2.5-liter turbo four that makes 300 horsepower, which is 45 more than the outgoing 2.0-liter engine.
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V-6 models now bring more aural drama, courtesy of a standard active exhaust.
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On the inside, the Stinger gets a new 10.3-inch touchscreen interface, some revised stitching on the seats, and a few different trim pieces.
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At the track, our all-wheel-drive GT put down identical acceleration numbers as a similar car we tested in 2018: zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a quarter-mile run of 13.1 seconds at 107 mph.
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At the skidpad, the Stinger managed only 0.85 g of lateral acceleration. Blame its all-season tires. On summer rubber, our previous test car pulled 0.91 g.
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The 2022 Stinger’s revised headlights and taillights aren’t as noticeable as the extremely metal new Kia badge.
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The base Stinger gets more expensive for 2022, befitting its added power. But the GT1 trim for the V-6-powered GT—the sweet spot of the lineup—actually costs less this year, dropping from $46,535 to $44,735.
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Kia only sells about 10,000 Stingers per year—few enough that driving one makes you feel like you’re part of an in-the-know club.
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