Performance automotive engineering is about more than building a powerful vehicle. It involves building a vehicle that can handle well, turn corners and provide an interior ride that is comfortable and convenient for passengers when they’re not out on the race track. Value is based on the amount of enjoyment that can be had from a vehicle.
Today, we’re going to compare two rear-wheel-drive powerhouses. In one corner is the luxury sports sedan Kia Stinger, which gives drivers power under the hood and decadent comfort and convenience features inside. In the other corner is the 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T which seeks to embody the drag-racing friendly engineering that made muscle cars distinctly American. Keep an eye on performance specs and comfort and convenience features.
2018 Kia Stinger GT
2018 Dodge Challenger R/T
|4.7 seconds||0-60 Acceleration Time (lower is better)||5.1 seconds|
|4/36.4 inches||Doors/rear leg room (higher is better)||2/33.1 inches|
|21 miles per gallon||Combined MPG (higher is better)||18 miles per gallon|
|40.9 cubic feet||Maximum interior cargo space||16.2 cubic feet|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
While the Dodge Challenger is built for drag-strip performance, the Kia Stinger enjoys a better all-around performance dynamic. It’s handling is second-to-none with adaptive suspension and Kia’s 8-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual functionality.
Additionally, the Stinger is built for better all-around performance as evidenced by its design. In addition to its numerous aerodynamic benefits, the fastback design gives drivers more cargo space than is available in many other popular performance automotive options.
This likely contributes to the 2018 Kia Stinger having a superior 0-60 acceleration time over the 2018 Challenger R/T by nearly half a second. Not only is the Stinger a better track vehicle, with improved handling dynamics, it beats the Challenger at its game – drag racing.
The Stinger makes a convincing case for practicality in a sports sedan with 4 doors and massive interior leg room and head room. An EPA-estimated 21 combined mpg is better than nearly every entry in the sports sedan class and sets the Stinger GT up as more than just a fast car. It’s a fast car you can feel good about driving.
Interior luxury features are more frequent and executed better in the 2018 Kia Stinger GT than in the Dodge Challenger. Perhaps the most compelling advantage is not one of performance or luxury, however. It’s the disparity in warranty, which sees the 2018 Kia Stinger edge the Challenger with almost double the bumper-to-bumper coverage.
With class-leading performance, interior comfort and practicality, the 2018 Kia Stinger GT is the real deal. To experience the heart-racing acceleration yourself, you must test drive one. Contact us today to schedule a test-drive!