Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2018 Kia Stinger VS 2018 Subaru WRX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2018 Kia Stinger

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2018 Subaru WRX

Safety Comparison

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The Stinger’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The WRX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stinger and the WRX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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The Stinger comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The WRX’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Stinger 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the WRX. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the WRX ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 23 percent more Kia dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Stinger’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the Stinger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stinger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The WRX’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 17th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 6 places higher in reliability than Subaru.

Engine Comparison

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The Stinger has more powerful engines than the WRX:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Stinger 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

WRX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

268 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

WRX STI 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

305 HP

290 lbs.-ft.

WRX STI Type RA 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

310 HP

290 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Stinger GT is faster than the Subaru WRX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Stinger

WRX

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.6 sec

14.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111 MPH

99 MPH

Top Speed

167 MPH

150 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Stinger 2.0T AWD gets better fuel mileage than the WRX Auto (21 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Stinger uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The WRX requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Stinger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the WRX:

 

Stinger

Stinger GT

WRX

WRX STI

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.3 inches

12.8 inches

The Stinger stops shorter than the WRX:

 

Stinger

WRX

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stinger has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the WRX.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Stinger offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The WRX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 10.1 inches longer than on the WRX (114.4 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the WRX.

The Stinger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the WRX’s (58.4% to 41.6%). This gives the Stinger more stable handling and braking.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .93 G’s, while the WRX STI Limited pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stinger GT2 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the WRX (25 seconds @ .78 average G’s vs. 25.7 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stinger GT AWD is quieter than the WRX STI:

 

Stinger

WRX

At idle

39 dB

54 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Stinger a Mid-size car, while the WRX is rated a Compact.

The Stinger has 3.4 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the WRX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Stinger has a much larger trunk than the WRX (23.3 vs. 12 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Stinger GT2’s power trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Stinger’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The WRX doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the Stinger Premium/GT1/GT2, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The WRX doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Stinger Premium/GT1/GT2’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The WRX doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Stinger GT2 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The WRX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Stinger and the WRX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stinger is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The WRX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stinger’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The WRX’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Stinger has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The WRX has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the STI/Limited.

When the Stinger Premium/GT1/GT2 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The WRX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Stinger GT1/GT2 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The WRX offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Stinger GT2 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The WRX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Stinger’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The WRX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Stinger has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the WRX STI.

Both the Stinger and the WRX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Stinger has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The WRX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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