The Kia Stinger is an incredible vehicle. That's where this article should end. I shouldn't have to mention the 365 horsepower, 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, all-wheel-drive, the practical liftback design, or the fact that it might be the best sports sedan in terms of value, practicality and looks. I can't believe I actually want this more than a Buick Regal GS, but I do.

Sadly, defending the Stinger has turned into an unstoppable force and immovable object situation, because of the horde of commenters reminding us that at some point, Kia made some bad cars. These are the same people that coddle their consistently poorly built American cars that have either rotted away, or been crushed and turned into a fridge.

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The Stinger is a jack of all trades done right, and in my own little world, where everyone would be driving Ford Flex EcoBoosts, if someone wanted to drive something sportier, this is what they'd be driving. I digress.

The Stinger can do zero to 60 in under five seconds, with some outlets publishing their sprints under 4.5 seconds. That's quick no matter who you are or what you drive. Actually, for the sake of drilling this into the heads of the motoring public, 4.5 seconds is faster than the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, BMW 340i xDrive, Lexus GS350 F Sport, Cadillac ATS 3.6, Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG, and the 996 Porsche 911. Road and Track clocked the Stinger from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, which is on par with a Ferrari F355.

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Why does the 911 and the F355 matter on that list? Simple: because the Stinger isn't trying to be some cutthroat supercar with delusions of grandeur. The Stinger is just a really good car, and fully loaded, out the door, it doesn't STING anymore than a fully-loaded crossover. Add on "America's Best Warranty" of 10 years or 100,000 miles, and suddenly the Stinger is a vehicle that you can actually drive like you stole it.

The Takeaway

The Kia Stinger is an incredible vehicle. It's got the right amount of power, good looks, a reasonable trunk, and you can get it in orange, because of course you're going to buy it in orange. The Stinger is more than a value-oriented purchase, it's a good purchase. If buying a Kia is too much for you, just get some of those aftermarket badge covers and hide your guilty pleasure.

What do you think of the Kia Stinger? Comment Below!

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