Drivers who are looking for practical speed have only a few options on the market. Performance cars tend to offer very little in the way of daily-driver functionality, while practical sedans rarely, if ever, offer anything resembling thrill or excitement. The sports sedan segment has arisen to help drivers find a reliable companion for the weekday commute and invigorating track monster in a single car.
While the American auto manufacturers have been producing cars that claim to put the fun back into functional, only one vehicle – the Chevrolet SS – has proven itself to follow through on this bold promise. Discontinued for 2018, the Chevrolet SS provides large car comfort and convenience with a V8 engine. Going up against the SS, our very own Kia Stinger hit the market this year to carry on the mantle of high-value, comfortable performance. Let’s see how they measure up!
2018 Kia Stinger GT
2017 Chevrolet SS
|< 5 seconds||0-60 acceleration time||< 5 seconds|
|$38,350||Starting MSRP (lower is better)||$46,625|
|21 miles per gallon||EPA-estimated combined MPG (higher is better)||16 miles per gallon|
|8-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual||Transmission||6-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual|
|40.9 cubic feet (23.3 cubic feet with rear seats up)||Cargo volume (higher is better)||16.9 cubic feet|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
|LED low/high beam||Headlights||HID|
Without an overlapping model year between the two vehicles, the 2018 Kia Stinger picks up where the Chevrolet SS is leaving off, with some added benefits for drivers. It offers the high-speed, rapidly-accelerating thrill of the SS with some truly incredible convenience and peace-of-mind features built in.
Coming in with an MSRP that is more than $7,000 less than the SS, drivers receive a better value with the Kia Stinger than they’ve ever had access to with a sport sedan before.
When it comes to performance, the two models are neck-and-neck. The 2018 Kia Stinger gives drivers an extra two gears for improved smoothness of shifting. The included auto-manual feature enhances engagement, allowing drivers to make every shift count.
Both coming in with a quarter mile time of just over 13 seconds, and a dead-stop-to-60 acceleration of under 5, the Kia Stinger and the Chevrolet SS could have become a storied rivalry on the track.
Although performance numbers are about the same for the two models, the 2018 Kia Stinger enjoys a much higher fuel economy, due to its choice of a turbocharged V6 over the 6.2L V8 of the SS.
That’s where their similarities stop. The 2018 Kia Stinger provides a much more comfortable and engaging experience for drivers – with a combination analog/digital driver’s information center (over the analog instrumentation of the SS), available active safety features and massive 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, drivers get peak performance without losing any peace of mind.
Convenience advantages for the Stinger include Kia’s UVO infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, LED high and low-beam headlights and proximity-sensing smart key.
The 2018 Kia Stinger picks up the mantle of sensible exhilaration. It’s always a sad day for the automotive industry to lose a class powerhouse like the SS, but Kia has done a fantastic job giving drivers more than just a replacement. It’s an exciting and new experience they’re sure to value.
Best of all, they’re just getting started.
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