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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

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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The new Z starts at under $40,000.


The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.


Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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