USED: An Affordable 4-door Sports Car: The 2019 Kia Stinger

Kia Stinger

Yes, you can get an affordable 4-door sports car.

And it’s family-friendly, so you can bring the kids along for the joyride. I’m talking about 2.0L Turbo 255 horsepower AWD. The 2019 Kia Stinger is the FUN and SPORTY sedan for families.

I’ll admit, it took me one day of driving the Stinger before I fully appreciated its ‘sting!’ I’m used to driving SUVs and larger family vehicles. Therefore, sitting low on the road is not something I do too often. But give me a day and a sports car, and I’m a whole new woman. Well, maybe that’s going a bit far, but I do have to say I loved the drive.

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Kia Stinger Headlights

The sharp front end screams ‘look at me!’ Photo: Connie Peters

Family-Friendly and Fast

Its tight handling and punchy acceleration make me feel like I’m lighter than anyone else on the road. I had to pull back a few times as I was driving the Stinger when I suddenly realized that I was speeding on suburban side streets (oops!). If you’re in the market for a sports car but still have kids to haul, the Kia Stinger may just be the right fit. It’s fast, fun and family-friendly.

Kia Stinger

Sleek backside of the Kia Stinger. Photo: Connie Peters

How Much Is it?

The price point for a used 2019 Kia Stinger can suit almost any budget starting at around $28,990 USD ($38,900 CAD) with the 4-cylinder 2.0 L Turbo engine at 255 horsepower. You can also jump up to the GT and get the more powerful V6 turbo, pumping out a whopping 365 horsepower. This is the one I’d go for if I was going to buy the Stinger. In the US, the V6 engine option started around $32,900 USD when it was released, although you can find a used GT for much cheaper now. AWD is also an option.

Kia Stinger Lifestyle

It’s a stylish AND sporty sedan! Photo: Connie Peters

The lines are clean and simple, yet the interior is spacious enough for four full-size passengers. Not all of the air intake vents on the hood and front side body of the vehicle are working vents. Some of them are just there to add a sportier element.

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Stinger Tail Lights

I like the curved tail lights. Photo: Connie Peters

I’ll Take the GT Please, for the Faster Engine

If I were to buy the Stinger, I would upgrade to the GT for a V6 Turbo, 365HP engine, the Napa Leather and Brembo brakes. I imagine this trim’s upgrades would make it an absolute thrill to drive. Not to mention, a sunroof comes on the GT models in both the US and Canada. I love a sunroof, especially on a sedan where it can feel a bit closed in.

Kia Stinger Driver Cabin

The Kia Stinger driver cabin is comfortable, with luxury touches like chrome. Photo: Connie Peters

Clean and Lux Lines for Comfort

The interior cabin is very comfortable with chrome and clean black finishings. The attention to detail is luxurious. However, at the same time, the t-bar gear shift has that sports car feel. It’s a bit old-school, which I loved.

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Kia Stinger Outward Visibility

A narrow rear window reduces outward visibility. Photo: Connie Peters

Not Your Typical Sedan, she’s a Sporty One

The very first thing I noticed when I sunk into the Stinger for the first time was the narrow rear window, making outward visibility notably less than what I’m used to. Again, driving a large SUV most of the time makes me biased to upward and outward visibility in vehicles. If you’re used to driving a pick-up or SUV, this will take some getting used to.

Kia Stinger Rear

Limited controls for backseat passengers. Photo: Connie Peters

The Driver is the Star of the Show Here

Sorry kids, this is Mom’s time to shine. With only one USB charger and a 12V charger in the back, plus no rear zone climate control, the rear passengers aren’t exactly spoiled. Still, they’ll have enough space for basic comfort. I especially liked the center console cup holders for my kids, but only when I don’t have all three of them with me.

Shoulder Check View

Not a bad shoulder check view. Photo: Connie Peters

You Can Install Car Seats in this Sportscar

You can see that the car seat latch slots are covered but easily accessible, so you can have two Latch car seats in the back seats. As you can see from this view, the shoulder check visibility is fairly clear while looking back over the driver’s shoulder.

Kia Stinger Trunk Space.

There is a little bit of space in the trunk. Photo: Connie Peters

Decent Trunk Space

The trunk is not big, but about as large as you would think in a Sportback. The rear seats do fold down in a 3/4 split, so you can fit longer cargo in the back should you need to.

4-Door Sports Car

It’s undoubtedly a sleek side view. Photo: Connie Peters

Ready to Be the Cool Mom?

The Kia Stinger makes for a surprisingly sporty family car and works perfectly if you’re looking for something a bit more fun to drive. Maybe you’re not into minivans or SUVs, or maybe you only have one kid (or two) and prefer a sporty ride. I can tell you one thing for sure, the Kia Stinger is one cool mom car.

FAQs About the 2019 Kia Stinger

Welcome to A Girls Guide to Cars’ FAQ section about the 2019 Kia Stinger. If you’re interested in this sporty and stylish sedan, we’ve compiled a list of common questions and answers to help you get better acquainted with this exciting vehicle. Let’s dive into the 2019 Kia Stinger!

1. What is the 2019 Kia Stinger?

The 2019 Kia Stinger is a sporty midsize sedan produced by the South Korean automaker Kia. It’s known for its dynamic design, strong performance, and competitive pricing.

2. How many trim levels are available for the 2019 Kia Stinger?

The 2019 Stinger typically comes in various trim levels, including the base Stinger, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2. Each trim level offers distinct features and options.

3. What are the engine and drivetrain options for the 2019 Kia Stinger?

The 2019 Stinger offers a choice of two engines. The base Stinger is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the GT trims are powered by a potent 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard, and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available for all trims.

4. How many passengers does the 2019 Kia Stinger seat?

The 2019 Kia Stinger offers seating for up to five passengers in a comfortable and well-designed interior. The front seats are especially supportive, and there’s ample rear passenger space for a sedan in this class.

5. How is the interior of the 2019 Stinger in terms of luxury and features?

The Stinger’s interior boasts a driver-focused design with high-quality materials and plenty of standard and available features. It includes leather upholstery, a user-friendly infotainment system with a touchscreen display, and available options like a sunroof and premium sound system.

6. What are the technology features in the 2019 Kia Stinger?

The 2019 Stinger comes equipped with an infotainment system featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and various driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control and a head-up display on select trims.

7. How is the cargo space in the 2019 Kia Stinger?

The 2019 Stinger offers a decent amount of cargo space for a sporty sedan. The rear seats fold down to provide additional cargo room, making it practical for a variety of needs.

8. Is the 2019 Stinger fuel-efficient?

The Stinger prioritizes performance over fuel efficiency. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers better fuel economy than the V6, but it’s still not among the most fuel-efficient sedans in its class.

9. What are the safety features in the 2019 Kia Stinger?

The 2019 Stinger includes a range of safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Higher trims may have additional advanced safety technologies.

10. How does the 2019 Stinger handle on the road?

The 2019 Stinger is renowned for its engaging and dynamic handling. It offers a great balance between comfort and performance, making it an attractive choice for driving enthusiasts.

11. What is the starting price for the 2019 Kia Stinger?

Pricing for the 2019 Kia Stinger varies based on the trim level and optional features. It starts at a base price, and additional features and packages can affect the final cost.

Disclosure: The Kia Stinger GT-Line was provided for one week by Kia Canada for the review.

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Connie Peters is a mother of 3 girls in suburban Vancouver, Canada and has been an online entrepreneur since... More about Connie Peters