2022 Kia Stinger’s I-4 Packs 300 HP, Tops 30 MPGThe Stinger’s base engine is more powerful and fuel efficient.See all 40 photosNick YekikianAuthorManufacturerPhotographerApr 30, 2021
We know that when it comes to sports cars—or, more specifically, in this case, sport sedans—fuel economy isn’t exactly front of mind for most buyers. They typically want something a bit more rowdy and a bit less mundane than the Toyota Corollas and the Camrys of the world. But isn’t it nice to know that sometimes you can have the best of both worlds? The folks who worked on the 2022 Kia Stinger seem to think so.
Despite swapping its old and less powerful turbo 2.0-liter I-4 for a newer and bigger turbocharged 2.5-liter four-pot with 300 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque, the updated rear-drive 2022 Stinger four-cylinder now returns 22 mpg in the city, 35 on the highway, and 25 combined, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The outgoing I-4, meanwhile, couldn’t crack 30 mpg on the highway, plus it only packed 255 horses in its stable—45 less than the 2022’s 2.5-liter unit.
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Opt for all-wheel drive, and the 2022 Stinger 2.5T’s fuel economy numbers fall to 21/29/24. Predictably, the 368-hp twin-turbo V-6 of the Kia Stinger GT models still sips fuel at a far faster rate than its four-cylinder counterpart, with the EPA rating the rear-drive Stinger GT at 18/25/20 mpg and the AWD model at 17/24/20 mpg.
If outright power is what you’re after, then nab the six-cylinder Stinger GT. However, if you’re looking for a fine combination of speed and efficiency, then you might be better served by the cheaper four-cylinder Stinger.