Monthly Archives: February 2018

2019 Kia Stinger

Source: MotorWeek
Date: February 08 2018
Author: N/A

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MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards

MotorWeek’s 2018 “Best of the Year” Revealed: Kia Stinger

Announced at the Chicago Auto Show, nation’s largest consumer auto show

CHICAGO – The all-new Kia Stinger is MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Award winner for “Best of the Year,” announced today in Chicago at the nation’s largest consumer automotive showcase. Over an unprecedented 37 years of bringing weekly automotive news to consumers, MotorWeek has evaluated thousands of distinctive cars, all potentially deserving of their “best of” moniker. Every year, the pressure is on to thin the herd to a handful and then to just one winner overall.
The Kia Stinger luxury-sport sedan aimed itself squarely at the compact European sport sedan segment – and with its design team based in Germany, there is little doubt that it earned its style points alongside traditional luxury-performance brands while also looking very different from other cars in the Kia stable.
“Dynamic in both design and quality, the Stinger is a superlative example of how to successfully break into the established European sport sedan market – no easy task – but the Stinger proves it has what it takes,” says MotorWeek creator and host John Davis. “Delivering on both style and drive, the Stinger is incredibly responsive with great power as well as solid handling and brakes. That’s why the Stinger won our staff’s vote in the “Best Sport Sedan” category, which then put it in the running for our ‘Best of the Year’ honor.”
By design, Kia engineers skipped the typical four-door sedan formula and went directly to the five-door coupe-roofed hatchback so popular outside of America. Then they added capable power from a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 for the top level Stinger GT, while base Stingers get a still-potent 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
“Kia knows it takes some splash to get noticed in the sport sedan segment, and they’ve delivered,” says Davis. “MotorWeek followers count on our awards to steer them towards the cars that are the most fun to drive – after all, that’s the point of our awards.”
In Stinger, the fast-roofed skin cloaks a finely-balanced, rear-drive chassis. Either of the two engine choices found under the long hood is paired with an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Both powertrains can also be fitted with all-wheel drive, a great benefit for buyers in the Midwest and Northeast especially.
“While the 2.0 is no slouch, the GT’s V6 powertrain really impressed us with its overall smoothness. Even the paddle shifters work with a quick precision we didn’t expect,” says Davis.
Starting at around $32,000 for the 2.0-liter and $40,000 for the GT, Kia has married good looks and a great drive with affordability.
All Drivers’ Choice Award winners are featured on Motorweek.org, and will appear on a special episode (#3723) of MotorWeek airing on public television stations beginning February 10, and on cable’s Velocity beginning February 20. MotorWeek and the 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards are nationally sponsored by The Tire Rack, WeatherTech, RockAuto, State Farm and Hum by Verizon.
One of the auto industry’s most coveted honors, MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards were announced at the largest consumer-driven auto show in North America, the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. In selecting the annual Drivers’ Choice Awards, the MotorWeek’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles every year. Winners are chosen based on driving performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency, and value for the dollar.

2018 Drivers’ Choice Award Winners:

Best Small Car                                     Honda Civic**

Best Family Sedan                              Honda Accord

Best Convertible                                 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Best Luxury Sedan                              BMW 5 Series

Best Sport Sedan                                Kia Stinger

Best Sport Coupe                               Lexus LC 500

Best Performance Car                       Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

                                                             Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Best Small Utility                               Mazda CX-5

Best Large Utility                               Volkswagen Atlas

Best Luxury Utility                             Land Rover Range Rover Velar

Best Minivan                                       Honda Odyssey

Best Pickup Truck                                Ford F-150

Best Eco-Friendly                                Chevrolet Bolt EV*

Best Dream Machine                         Aston Martin DB11

                                                           Porsche 911 GT2 RS

                                                           Mercedes-Benz G550 4X4²

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*Denotes Repeat Winner from 2017 **Denotes Repeat Winner from 2016 & 2017

2019 Kia Forte Sedan

Source: New York Daily News
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:50 AM
Author: KEVIN BARR

Gaining a more sophisticated design influenced by the Kia Stinger, the 2019 Forte remains one of the most appealing, affordable vehicles on the market.Both the interior and exterior of the Kia Forte are enhanced for 2019. Overall vehicle length is increased, allowing for extra passenger legroom and headroom, as well as increased cargo room in the trunk. A standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is new, as well as the option for a wireless device charging tray.Three trim levels are available on the 2019 Kia Forte: LX, S, and EX. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque delivers power to the front wheels in all models. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX, with the option for a newly developed continuously variable transmission (CVT) (standard on S and EX trims).

Changes to the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan:

  • Redesigned exterior styling influenced by Stinger sedan
  • Newly developed continuously variable transmission
  • Standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

What We Think

With improvements being made to nearly every aspect of the car, including the new and improved exterior design, the 2019 Kia Forte remains one of the best choices in its segment.

Also noteworthy are the new Forte’s structural and safety enhancements. While the outgoing Forte was already impressive from a safety standpoint, the new 2019 model features increased chassis rigidity and higher-quality steel in hopes of achieving its highest safety test ratings yet.And although the Forte sedan has for quite some time presented an impressive value proposition, it continues to get even better for 2019.