No shortage of sedans deserved a Top Safety Pick rating or others safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, it is rare for a sports sedan to boast performance and award-winning safety credentials. Enter the 2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line and GT2, the latest installments in the brand’s first dedicated sports sedan before the 2023 model year. The Stinger isn’t just fast, though; it is literally a safe alternative to other sports sedans on the market.
How safe is the Stinger among sports sedans?
The 2022 Kia Stinger boasts of other safe sports sedans. Kia’s four-door performance car received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. While it’s certainly not the only comfortable sedan with performance credentials, it’s the only budget-friendly sports sedan awarded IIHS. The agency classifies the Stinger as a “big car” rather than a “large luxury car” like many of the Stinger’s more upscale and expensive competitors.
Ratings aside, the 2022 Kia Stinger managed to achieve “Good” ratings in every crash-resistance category. Except for a blemish on the GT2 trim’s headlight evaluation and a few other minor issues, the Stinger scored a near-perfect safety sheet. Not bad for a four-door liftback with serious fun potential.
Is a Kia Stinger faster than a Ford Mustang?
The entry-level Kia Stinger GT-Line is no slouch, but it’s not fast enough to handle a Ford Mustang EcoBoost. MotorTrend managed to lure the 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder GT-Line sports sedan to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. While that’s fast for a big car, it’s not fast enough to surpass the 5.1-second EcoBoost run. Also, the GT2 with 368 horsepower is almost on par with the Mustang GT, but not with a Mustang GT equipped with a Performance Pack.
specifically, Car and driver shot a 2022 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. However, under favorable conditions, a Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack reached 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Still, a more appropriate comparison would be an Audi A6, which is more expensive and slower at up to 60 mph (4.8 seconds), although the Audi is also a Top Safety Pick+.
Is the 2022 Kia Stinger worth it?
In terms of performance bargains, the Kia Stinger and Ford Mustang GT are two peas in a pod. The 2022 Kia Stinger is just one of the latest Stingers to offer a bona fide performance buying alternative to the luxury sports sedans from brands like BMW and Audi. Since the Stinger starts at around $37,435, it’s a solid and sporty option. The serious performer of the family, though, is the GT2, which starts at around $52,635.
Should you consider a Stinger over other sports sedans?
If you want an affordable sports sedan with a practical liftback and a great warranty, then the Kia Stinger GT-Line deserves your consideration. However, the faster, more serious GT2 demands a premium by comparison, which puts it at a striking distance from more prestigious and luxurious competitors. Still, the GT2 is safe, fast and different in a sedan landscape of bloated luxury cars. Even better, with a Top Safety Pick+, the 2022 Kia Stinger is a safe choice.
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