2018 Kia Stinger Drives Away with Coveted Vehicle of the Year Award from Roadshow by CNET
The powerful performance, sporty design, refined style, and versatility of the 2018 Kia Stinger is what set it apart and above competitors such as the Audi A5/S5 Sportback and Honda Accord in the race for Roadshow by CNET’s third annual ranking for Shift Award Vehicle of the Year.
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“We saw so many amazing cars released this year that this was an incredibly difficult decision,” remarked Roadshow editor in chief, Tim Stevens. “But at the end of voting, the Kia Stinger stood above the rest. It’s a great mix of refinement and power in a practical, attractive, and attainable package. We love the Stinger and can’t wait to see what comes next from Kia.”
The Kia Stinger was revealed at last year’s North American International Auto Show and the fastback sport sedan has been garnering attention ever since including earning a Five-Star Safety Rating from Euro NCAP and a spot on Wards 10 Best Engines List.
Wards took note of the Kia Stinger because of its racing DNA and gran turismo qualifications embedded in the Stinger’s available 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which is mated to a Kia-engineered eight-speed automatic transmission to create a powertrain that generates 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
“It’s no easy task to meet or beat the world’s best premium 6-cylinder engines,” said Drew Winter, Senior Content Director at WardsAuto. “The Kia Stinger GT’s twin-turbo V-6 bulldozed its way onto the 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines list with a potent mixture of refinement, value and thunderous torque that takes the Kia brand to a whole new level in the hierarchy of global automakers.”
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The 2018 Kia Stinger is available at five trim levels – Stinger, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2.