STATUS: New GTS model for 2020 - Over the years, Kia has branched out in many directions, from bare-bones econoboxes to big luxury sedans and nearly everything in between. The Stinger is just as unique as it takes aim at the upscale sports-sedan segment. The term "sedan" is technically incorrect since the car is a midsize hatchback that can swallow more gear and groceries than most traditional full-size sedans. The platform was first and foremost engineered as a rear-wheel-driver, with all-wheel-drive as an option. The low and wide stance, bulging fenders and rakish rear end tells the world there's more to the Stinger than runs to the supermarket. The looks are backed up by a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder for the base and premium trim levels. The optional twin-turbo V-6 increases output by 110 horsepower and is standard in the Stinger GT. An eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters is your only transmission choice. For 2020, the V-6 Stinger GTS joins the lineup with optional D-AWD. It has three selectable drive modes that can direct 60, 80, or 100 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, depending how you wish your Stinger to behave.
Base price (incl. destination): $34,000
Type: Midsize hatchback sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (255); 3.3-liter V-6, twin-turbocharged (365)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway): 22/29/25 (2.0)
Base weight (lb.): 3,650