When it comes to luxury and performance, trade-offs are an assumed part of paying less than a quarter million dollars for a sedan. The parts that make the car luxurious and comfortable, after all, add weight which detracts from the performance and handling. It’s a give and take and the market is full of models that prioritize one over the other. The best vehicles, though, find a balance between the two that sees a few milliseconds of 0-60 time traded off for heated seats or wireless charging.
Today, we’re comparing two sedans that attempt the admirable feat of finding a balance between luxury and track-ready performance. The first is the Kia Stinger, a model that has only been on the market for two model years and has set the entire industry ablaze with praise. Up against the Kia Stinger is the 2020 Acura TLX, the midsize sedan from Honda’s entry-luxury badge.
2019 Kia Stinger
2020 Acura TLX
|2.0-liter turbo (255 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||2.4-liter 4-cylinder (206 horsepower)|
|3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 (365 horsepower)||Available engine (horsepower)||3.5-liter V6 (290 horsepower)|
|RWD, AWD, Dynamic AWD||Drive layouts||FWD, AWD|
|42.6 inches / 36.4 inches||Legroom (front / rear)||42.6 inches / 34.5 inches|
|40.9 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||14.3 cubic feet|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||6 years or 70,000 miles|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS safety rating||Not recommended by IIHS|
|$32,990||MSRP starts at||$33,000|
As you can see, the Kia Stinger is a clearly superior choice for those who want the perfect balance between performance and luxury.
Whether drawn to the base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or the power of the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6, drivers will find the 2019 Kia Stinger to offer more power and quicker pickup than the 2020 Acura TLX, whose two naturally-aspirated engines can’t match the power or torque of the Stinger’s turbocharged and twin-turbocharged ones.
In terms of luxury, the Kia Stinger delivers a better interior experience courtesy of its stretched dashboard, enhanced passenger space and simplified infotainment layout that sharply contrasts the outdated tiered setup in the 2020 Acura TLX.
Finally, with confidence being the highest luxury, the Kia Stinger pulls even further ahead of the Acura TLX, boasting a Top Safety Pick + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and having a warranty that adds 4 years or 30,000 miles to the one offered by Acura.
If you’re in the market for a sporty grand touring car, the Kia Stinger is the superior choice. Best of all? It’s $10 less for starting MSRP than the 2020 Acura TLX, with discounts even better at Friendly Kia. Stop in today and test drive the car that perfectly blends performance, style and luxury.