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2019 Kia Stinger

Starting Price: $34,115 | Price Yours

Above Average: Excellent, precise steering; unbeatable warranty; plenty of power; great suspension, strong performance

Below Average: New model, so resale value is yet to be determined; entry-level model is well priced, but costs increase quickly

Consensus: With the 2019 Stinger, Kia has a true sport sedan, from its fantastic-sounding and powerful turbocharged engine to its excellent and responsive steering and a chassis that’s tight but doesn’t make you feel every bump in the road. The Stinger’s liftback design also makes it practical for carrying plenty of cargo. It comes at a very competitive starting price but moves quickly into Audi and BMW territory once you move up to a bigger engine and add options.
 

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2019 Acura TLX

Starting Price: $33,995 | Price Yours

Above Average: Great value: lots of tech and safety features come standard; reputation for reliability

Below Average: Not as fun to drive as some competitors; somewhat plain-looking; stop-start system can be a little jerky;

Consensus: The 2019 Acura TLX is a solid little compact luxury sedan that packs a ton of standard safety and tech features for a good price, and at Acura dependability. The basic 4-cylinder is a little underpowered, however, and not terribly fun to drive with its front-wheel drive setup. We recommend upgrading to the V6 and Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
 

Kia has brought a very competitive new player to the sporty hatchback category with the 2019 Stinger, which offers throaty engines, superlative steering, and an excellent suspension that is fun in the curves but doesn’t sacrifice ride comfort. Combine that with an exciting optional V6 engine and Kia’s legendary warranty and you have a very respectable new player in a competitive segment.

The 2019 Acura TLX, on the other hand, is a tried and true luxury compact sedan that brings Acura’s excellent reputation for both reliability and durability. No one could really call it exciting, as its base 4-cylinder is a bit underpowered and it’s only offered with front-wheel drive with that engine, but it packs a number of standard technology and safety features into a compact little package.

Similarities

Both have better than average warranties; both come well equipped, even in base trim.

Kia Stinger Advantages

Both engines make significantly more power; longer warranty; sportier and fun to drive; hatchback design makes for more flexible cargo options.

Acura TLX Advantages

Highest trim level model is nearly $7,000 cheaper; better value; reputation for reliability.

Final Recommendation

Either of these cars is a fine choice, bringing plenty of strengths to the table.

If value is the biggest factor in your purchasing decision, then the TLX is the best bet here, offering great features even at the bottom level and still topping out with a fully loaded V6 model available for less than $47K. It’s not exciting, but it’s reliable, and has a respectable resale value.

However, if you want something new and exciting that offers sharp looks and driving excitement, then the Stinger is the hands-down winner here. Even the entry-level model marries a great little turbo4-cylinder with a rear-drive platform that’s both tight and forgiving over bumps. Its liftback design also offers a very versatile cargo space, with 23 cubic feet behind the rear seats expending to 40 cubes with the seats folded.

Prices are competitive at the entry level, but costs for the Kia quickly add up as you add options and upgrade to the twin-turbo V6. As a relatively new model, its resale prices and reliability have yet to be determined, although Kia does offer its famously long warranty to allay some of those fears.

Ready to buy one of these cars? Shop for Acura TLX and Kia Stinger models in stock at a dealership near you!

  2019 Kia Stinger 2019 Acura TLX
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.0-liter turbo I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 255 hp @ 6,200 rpm 206 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque 260 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm 182 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 8-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd 
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 27 mpg (23 city/33 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter turbo V6 3.5-liter V6 and Automatic, 9-Spd
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 114.4 inches 109.3 inches
Overall Length 190.2 inches 191.7 inches
Width 73.6 inches  73.0 inches
Height 55.1 inches 57.0 inches
Turning Diameter 36.7 feet 39.2 feet
Headroom, Front 38.3 inches 37.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.0 inches 36.7 inches
Legroom, Front 42.6 inches 42.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.4 inches 34.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.4 inches 57.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 54.8 inches 55.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 93.8 cu. ft. 93.3 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 40.9 cu. ft. 14.3 cu. ft.
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