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Kia kicks Stinger into high gear with aggressive engine option, enhanced tech for 2021

The Kia Stinger has gotten exterior and interior upgrades for the 2021 model year.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The Kia Stinger fastback car has long been billed as a sports sedan and for the 2021 model year, Kia is kicking its Stinger into high gear. The 2021 Kia Stinger gets a design refresh and new driver assist and safety features, as well as a new exhaust tone.

Kia previously revealed the exterior of the 2021 Stinger, complete with a fresh, K5-inspired nose and checkered flag taillights.

It will retain its twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine that now delivers an upgraded 367 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Kia has changed the car's exhaust note by instituting a new Electronic Variable Exhaust Valve. This butterfly valve opens and closes to produce a more prominent, deeper exhaust note in Sport driving modes, or a quieter, more subdued exhaust note in Eco or Comfort mode. The engine continues to be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2021 Kia Stinger

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Inside, a new, available 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen takes center stage on the dashboard on most models. The widescreen system allows for two phones to be connected to Bluetooth at the same time. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice control.

The Stinger comes standard with a new 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that replaces the 7.0-inch in the 2020 model. A 4.2-inch color-TFT LCD cluster replaces the previous 3.5-incher. A 7.0-inch "Supervision" cluster is available, delivering more vivid graphics and a host of additional information to the driver.

Additionally, the car is connected to Kia's UVO app, which allows for a variety of functions including remote engine start and seat ventilation and heating functionality.

Kia has given the model additional and enhanced advanced driver assistance and safety technology. There's a new blind spot view monitor, as seen in the 2020 Kia Telluride, safe exit assist, lane following assist, and rear occupant alert, as well as upgraded forward collision avoidance, lane keeping, and blind spot collision avoidance assist. Additional technology is available in other markets.

The new Kia Stinger will go on-sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020, with sales in global markets commencing later this year.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.


The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai

All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai

To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.

2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

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