2018 Kia Stinger is $95 Cheaper Than 2017 Kia Cadenza

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
2018 kia stinger is 95 cheaper than 2017 kia cadenza

Let’s face it. Most American car buyers in 2017 don’t actually want cars. You know, the traditional passenger car. Most car buyers who actually want cars don’t want full-size sedans built by mainstream sedans. And among the few car buyers who actually want full-size volume brand sedans, the overwhelming majority — 99 percent, in fact — do not want a Kia Cadenza.

The U.S. market is about to get a lot more difficult for the Kia Cadenza, which is currently priced from $32,890. Admittedly more powerful than the forthcoming 2018 Kia Stinger, the Kia Cadenza is a nearly five-year-old front-wheel-drive luxury barge in a semi-attractive Kia body.

The 2018 Kia Stinger, on the other hand, is a flashy new cut-price sports sedan hatch, a model deserving of some anticipation that’s priced from $32,795, or ninety-five dollars less costly than the chronically unpopular Kia Cadenza.

Of course, comparing the Kia Stinger and its twin-turbocharged V6-engined Stinger GT sibling with the Cadenza is not what Kia wants consumers to do. The 2018 Kia Stinger will cost thousands less than supposed competitors such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. By the time the Stinger reaches the $40K tipping point — or $39,895 to be precise — it’s already equipped with a 365-horsepower twin turbo 3.3-liter V6. The A5 Sportback starts at $43,575; the 430i Gran Coupe at $44,095.

Imagining legions of German-intended luxury car buyers making a switch to the Kia requires an enormous leap, but that explains Kia’s significant price advantage. It remains to be seen how much of that advantage is wiped away by more rapidly degrading resale values. Fortunately, Kia’s not entering the market with a half-hearted effort.

On the basic $32,795 Stinger, Car And Driver reports, standard equipment includes leather seating, a seven-inch infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the eight-speed automatic transmission that’s married to each of the Stinger’s engines across the board. A Stinger Premium trim pushes the price up to $37,895, Jalopnik says, by adding a sunroof, LED lighting, a special gauge cluster, and a larger touchscreen with navigation. All-wheel drive is a $2,200 option on these and other Stinger GT models.

The Stinger GT is offered in three different forms: GT, GT1, and the aptly named GT2 variant. All GT models receive the hood vents that appear to be trying too hard to convince us, Pontiac-like, of performance. To the basic $39,895 GT, which is equipped like the basic non-GT Stinger, the $44,395 GT1 adds the Stinger Premium’s content.

The top-spec Stinger GT2, $50,395 with rear-wheel drive or $52,595 with all-wheel drive, includes standard safety kit like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise, lane keeping assist, and auto high beams (available elsewhere in the range) plus a limited-slip differential, a power trunk, and head-up display.

Kia’s pricing isn’t yet set firmly in stone for the 2018 Stinger, but don’t expect any meaningful changes. The fact that the Stinger undercuts the Cadenza does it no favors — this latest Kia must fight the same battle that the Kia K900 and Cadenza have so far failed to win. “But it’s a Kia,” will be the common refrain, no matter how pleasant it is to look at, no matter how great it is to drive. For goodness’ sake, that’s essentially what the boss of Kia’s Genesis corporate partner already said.

Securing the sales of each and every sports sedan buyer that manages to see past the badge is vital, and by pricing the Stinger appropriately, Kia stands a chance.

[Images: Kia Motors]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.

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  • 2012JKU 2012JKU on Sep 29, 2017

    $50k? No thanks....rather buy one 18 months old with under 20k on the on the clock for just under $30k.

  • Abayaa Abayaa on Sep 30, 2017

    Brand New I would take a q50 over the Kia without even thinking, and I'm a fan of Kia in general. They are definitely smoking something or they don't really intend on selling much.

  • Kat Laneaux Wonder if they will be able to be hacked into (the license plates) and then you get pulled over for invalid license plates or better yet, someone steal your car and transpose numbers to show that they are the owners. Just a food for thought.
  • Tassos Government cheese for millionaires, while idiot Joe biden adds trillions to the debt.What a country (IT ONCE WAS!)
  • Tassos screw the fat cat incompetents. Let them rot. No deal.
  • MaintenanceCosts I think if there's one thing we can be sure of given Toyota's recent decisions it's that the strongest version of the next Camry will be a hybrid. Sadly, the buttery V6 is toast.A Camry with the Highlander/Sienna PSD powertrain would be basically competitive in the sedan market, with the slow death of V6 and big-turbo options. But for whatever reason it seems like that powertrain is capacity challenged. Not sure why, as there's nothing exotic in it.A Camry with the Hybrid Max powertrain would be bonkers, easily the fastest thing in segment. It would likewise be easy to build; again, there's nothing exotic in the Hybrid Max powertrain. (And Hybrid Max products don't seem to be all that constrained, so far.)
  • Analoggrotto The readers of TTAC deserve better than a bunch of Kia shills posing as journalists.