2018 Kia Stinger vs. Its Competition

2018 Kia Stinger GT
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Is Kia ready for the big leagues? The real big leagues—the German, Japanese, and American sport-luxury sedans, that is.

The Cadillac ATS and Jaguar XE are the latest entrants into this segment and they've both brought a lot of performance to the table, not to mention style and value.

Then there are the segment defaults.

The BMW 3-Series has been the standard-bearer for more than three decades, but it's starting to look and feel a little soft.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, on the other hand, has brought a breath of sexy style to the segment as a shrunken-down S-Class.

And then there's the Lexus IS, which has been continuously updated and is stylish inside and out.

2018 Kia Stinger GT2018 Kia Stinger
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2018 BMW 3-Series2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 Cadillac ATS2018 Cadillac ATS
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2018 Jaguar XE2018 Jaguar XE
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2018 Lexus IS 350 F Sport2018 Lexus IS
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C300 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2018 Kia Stinger is a serious performance contender that is fun to drive, powerful, practical, and upscale, and it all comes at a bargain price.
6.7
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
6.8
The Cadillac ATS remains a highly desirable underdog with its terrific ride and handling and willing powertrains. It's as fun-to-drive as any compact luxury sedan.
7.4
The 2018 Jaguar XE is the other, other compact luxury sedan. It aims high, and mostly delivers.
6.7
The Lexus IS needs more powertrain guts, and more styling glory, to tackle the cars it wants to take down.
7.5
Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
MSRP From     
$31,900$34,900N/A$35,725$38,210$40,250
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Large CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
Base RWD320i SedanN/A25t RWDIS 300 F Sport RWDC 300 Sedan
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
55N/A555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanN/ASedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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