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 it’s ‘Sting’! I’m used to driving SUVs and larger family vehicles and 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.
Family-Friendly and Fast
It’s tight handling and punchy acceleration makes me feel like I’m lighter than anyone else on the road around me. I had to pull back a few times I was driving the Stinger when I’ve realized suddenly that I’m speeding on suburban side streets. (oops!) If you’re in the market for a sports car but you still have kids to haul, the Kia Stinger may just be the right fit. It’s fast, fun and family-friendly.
How Much Is it?
The price point can suit almost any budget starting at $32,990 USD / $39,995 CAD for the 4 cylinder 2.0 L Turbo engine at 255 horsepower, or jump up to the GT (Canada) for another $5000 CAD and get the more powerful V6 turbo pumping out a whopping 365 horses. This is the one I’d go for if I was going to buy the Stinger. In the US, the V6 engine option starts at $39,300 USD and goes all the way to $50,200 USD depending on trim and options, and AWD is an option for $2200 USD whereas, in Canada, AWD is standard.
The lines are clean and simple, and 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.
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 as 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 and I love a sunroof, especially on a sedan where it can feel a bit closed into me.
Clean and Lux Lines for Comfort
The interior cabin is very comfortable with chrome and clean black finishings. The attention to detail is specifically luxurious while at the same time the t-bar gear shift has that sports car feel and a bit old-school which I loved.
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.
The Driver is the Star of the Show Here
Sorry kids, this is Mom’s time to shine. With only one USB charger and 12V charger in the back, and no rear zone climate control, the rear passengers aren’t exactly spoiled, but still, 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.
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.
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 3/4 split so that you can fit longer cargo in the back should you need to.
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.
Disclosure: The Kia Stinger GT-Line was provided for one week by Kia Canada for the purpose of review.