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A (Slightly) Lower Dose of Venom: The 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line front 3/4 view

Until this year, Kia Stinger buyers had a wide gulf of performance between the base model (255 horsepower) and the GT1 and GT2 models (368 horsepower).

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line rear 3/4 view

For 2022, Kia narrows the gap considerably. The base Stinger is now the GT-Line.

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line hood up

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line engine

The GT-Line arrives with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 300 horsepower and 311 pounds per foot of torque. There's an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and selectable drive modes. Kia says 0-60 is 5.2 seconds, which is half a second quicker than the old base Stinger and only half a second slower than the hot GT2. There's still incentive for the high-performance minded to opt for the GT1 or GT2, as the GT-Line is limited to 130 miles per hour. The GT1 and GT2 have a limit of 149 on all-season tires and 167 on dedicated summer rubber. They also get vented front and rear Brembo brakes. The upside for the GT-Line comes at the fuel pump---an EPA estimated 22 mpg city/32 highway compared to 18/25 for the GT1 and GT2.

There are all-wheel drive versions of all three trims available, but our tester was rear-wheel drive. Still, if you're only driving two of the four wheels those are the right two for spirited driving on winding Sierra foothill roads.

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line rear cargo area

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line rear seat

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line front seats

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line front seat detail

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line instrument panel

The other big upside to the Stinger GT-Line is price. $36,090 is minivan money. And beyond 0-60 in 5.2, that gets you an updated interior with a new 10.25-inch touchscreen replacing last year's seven-inch unit, dual zone automatic climate control, a wireless phone charger, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line center stack

The test car had just three extra-cost options---the Sun and Sound Package (Harman-Kardon premium audio system, a sunroof and a power-adjustable front passenger's seat) for $2,300, a cargo mat for $125 and carpeted floor mats for $155. So, with $1,045 inland freight and handling, the as-tested price of the 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line is $39,715.

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line side view

2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line rear view

Under $40,000 all-in for that level of performance and features is a bargain. The 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line is good enough to erase the stigma of a "base" performance model.


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