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In the Driver's Seat

Kia Stinger stands alone

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Kia 2018 Stinger

There are people and things we know by only one word. In the car world, there’s Corvette, XKE, Mustang, Cobra — the list goes on. No need to add on the brand name because we all know who they are. Can we now add “Stinger” to the list?

Although Stinger looks very similar to Kia’s other “large” (relatively) sedans, it stands alone. Its wheelbase (114.4 inches) and length (190.2 inches) don’t match any other Kia four-door: The K900 is longer in both dimensions, the Cadenza is longer on a shorter wheelbase, and the Optima is 4 inches shorter on a wheelbase that is not quite an inch longer. I’m sure that Kia had a reason for building one more four-door sedan, but I can’t figure it out and I don’t care.

Tracy resident Bruce Hotchkiss has been writing car reviews and news about the automotive world since 1984 for publications in Canada, California and Nevada. Check out his blog at Comments and questions can be sent to


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