How does the 2018 Stinger compare to the 2018 Optima?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima, Kia Stinger on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 8:27 pm
side by side images of the 2018 Kia Stinger and 2018 Kia Optima with a caption inviting the reader to compare them

With the 2018 Kia Stinger finally making its appearance here in Daphne AL, we wanted to show how it compares against the mainstay of the Kia lineup, the attractive 2018 Kia Optima sedan. The models in this 2018 Kia Stinger vs 2018 Kia Optima comparison are very different, and appeal to different drivers, but they both show premium Kia quality, and deliver plenty of value for the money.

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2018 Kia Stinger vs 2018 Kia Optima

The all-new Stinger is a performance oriented sportback, which means it has a rear profile that splits the difference between a coupe and a sedan, while the 2018 Optima is a classic midsize sedan. Both seat five passengers. Because of its rear liftgate design, the 2018 Stinger is able to hold up to 40.9 cubic feet of cargo, though that is probably with the rear seats folded down. The 2018 Optima can hold 15.9 cubic feet of cargo in its secure trunk.

  2018 Kia Stinger 2018 Kia Optima
Starting MSRP $31,900 $22,500
Body Style Performance-oriented sportback Midsize family sedan
Base Mileage (city/highway) 22/29 mpg 25/36 mpg
Trims Stinger, Premium, GT, GT1, GT2 LX (2.4L, 1.6T), S, EX, SX

Powertrains and Pricing on the Stinger and Optima

The essential difference between the Kia Stinger and Kia Optima is their powertrain performance and driving sensibility. The 2018 Kia Optima is a practical sedan. It offers a choice of three engine options, starting with a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated for 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, and going up to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that offers 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. There is a also a fuel-sipping 178-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo engine available on this sedan.

In contrast, the 2018 Kia Stinger starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 255 horsepower. Drivers with a craving for even more performance can enjoy a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated for 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. This model offers lower mileage than the Optima, but it also delivers significantly more power right out of the gate. Moreover, the 2018 Stinger is designed to deliver the best possible driving and handling experience. The 2018 Kia Optima is designed for families handling the daily commute, and also comes with a much lower price tag than the Stinger. Check out the starting price for these models in the chart above. You can learn more about Stinger pricing at our previous blog post.

Kia Safety Features

Both of these models are also available with premium Kia safety features. To learn more, or even test drive one of these vehicles, contact a representative of Team Gunther Kia today.