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.
Sometimes, a car gets a mid-cycle refresh and is totally reinvented. New engines, new bodywork, and a new interior—the full Overhaulin’ treatment. When that happens, it’s often because the original product was lackluster enough to warrant a quick do-over. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if a company really nailed it in the first place, a car might get a steady-as-she-goes refresh that brings minor updates to an essentially appealing package. The 2022 Kia Stinger definitely falls into that second category.
Introduced in 2018, we were smitten enough with the Stinger to drive one for 40,000 miles, plus we named its upmarket Genesis cousin, the G70, to our 2019 10Best list. Our biggest gripe with the Stinger (and, for that matter, the G70) was that its base engine, a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, was kind of a bummer. Well, Kia fixed that: The new standard engine for 2022 models is the 2.5-liter turbo-four that robustly animates various Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis products. With 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, it’s a mill that should better match the Stinger’s feisty attitude. We say “should,” because we haven’t tested that one yet. Instead, we followed the advice we’d give to any Stinger shopper, which is to try the V-6 first.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.