Auto Show: 2018 Kia Stinger

The 2018 Kia Stinger is a midsize sports four-door that features a fastback roofline and a large hatch. Rear-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

The Stinger is offered with two engines including a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 255 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. Both engines are paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Available features include LED headlights, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, leather upholstery, a head-up display, a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, blind spot warning, and a multi-information display between the gauges. Rear-drive models come standard with a mechanical limited-slip differential, while all-wheel-drive-equipped cars have torque vectoring control instead. The Stinger is also the first Kia to feature an adaptive suspension system.

The biggest news for the 2018 Niro is that the Touring model now comes standard with HID headlights, Autonomous Emergency Braking, a Forward Collision Warning system, a Lane Keep Assist system, adaptive cruise control, and a wireless phone charger. The new Touring Graphite Edition includes Platinum Graphite paint, Glossy Black 18-inch wheels, Glossy Black roof rails, metallic colored grille, 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar, and an 8.0-inch display screen with navigation and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system. The Lane Keep Assist system is now included in the Advanced Technology package and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is now standard on the EX model.

The Niro hybrid is Kia’s hybrid-only crossover-like front-drive hatchback that carries a base price that’s about the same as that of the Optima sedan and Sportage crossover. In Kia’s two-car hybrid lineup, the Niro slots below the Optima Hybrid. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid debuts for the 2018 model year, and will slot below the Optima Plug-In Hybrid in price.

The 2018 Kia Niro is powered by a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 104-hp, 109-lb-ft of torque 1.6-liter I-4 engine paired to a 43-hp, 125-lb-ft of torque electric motor that has a combined power output of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic routes power to the front wheels. The base Kia Niro FE delivers an impressive EPA-rated 52/49 mpg city/highway but mid-level Niros are rated at 51/46 mpg. The range-topping Touring model has the lowest fuel economy rating at 46/40 mpg. In Motor Trend testing, the Kia Niro hit 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 134 feet.

The Niro FE comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, rear spoiler, matte black front grille, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, woven and knit cloth seats, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Drive Mode Select (Active Eco and Sport modes). At the top end of the Niro range is the Touring model, which comes loaded with 18-inch alloy wheels, power-folding heated side-view mirrors, Gloss Black front grille, power moonroof, satin chrome inside door handles, leather upholstery, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, rear A/C vents, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, rear USB charger, and a wireless phone charger.

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