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2019 Kia Stinger: Why Id Buy It Alex Leanse

What car should I buy? It's a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would associate online editor Alex Leanse drive? Keep reading for the answer, and stay tuned to see other editors' picks , too. I love hybrids. No, I dont mean cars that combine gas and electric power. More like fruits that meld two sweet varietals for a unique taste. Like the half-tangerine, half-grapefruit tangelo, the Range Rover Evoque SUV convertible looked great in bright orange. Crossing the Braeburn and Gala apples produced the Envy, also an emotion generated by the limousine-luxurious and supercar-quick BMW M760i. But the car Id buy combines a banana-esque curving hatchback roofline with a bit of jalapeo performance heat: the Kia Stinger . --> The car is a breakout for Kia and a real step away from its economy car roots. With engineering overseen by a former BMW M boss, the Stinger is a great driver, even with the basic 255-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 Id choose. That engine doesnt have power like the optional 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6, but all Stingers share a rear- or all-wheel-drive chassis, which we said feels lively and entertaining no matter whats under the hood. Handling is more important than power anywayafter all, its more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow, and with a 6.6-second 060 time, the slow Stinger, well, isnt. Given those looks, too, Id be happy to walk up to the Stinger every day. Penned by the mastermind behind classics including the Audi TT , the Stinger seems to execute the low-slung, four-door-coupe-type look the best. With its sloping hatchback profile, the Stinger isn't a sedan-ified extension of a two-door or a wagon-ized version of a four-door. The design works well enough that even without the more aggressive fascia on six-cylinder Stingers, there's no danger of blending in. Lets focus on the Stingers shapethat practical hatchback shape. Its short deck and big window open as one to reveal a roomy cargo area. It has 23.3 cubic feet as standard, but Id most often have the second row folded to take advantage of 40.9 cubes. That capacity makes it eminently usable, great for hauling my bike to a trailhead, carrying new flat-pack furniture, or a camping trip along canyon roads. Id proudly defy crossover drivers by cramming the back full of stuff then whizzing away with a chirp of the rear tires. At $33,985, the basic 2.0-liter trim Id choose doesnt pack all the sport-focused accoutrements of V-6 models. Besides a 110-hp power deficit, it lacks the Brembo brakes, electronically controlled suspension, limited-slip differential, and upgraded tires available on its counterpart. Some of those would be attainable with aftermarket parts, but driving a stock Stinger would still be fun. With its unique blend of usability and performance, its the type of hybrid Id be stoked to spend my dollars on. Other cars Id consider: Mazda3 Hatchback, Volkswagen Golf GTI The post 2019 Kia Stinger: Why Id Buy It Alex Leanse appeared first on MotorTrend .

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