The 2022 Kia Stinger offers both hatchback flexibility and European road manners, while the 2022 Lexus IS adds a V8 to its mix of powertrain choices. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Kia Stinger
Above Average: Powerful engine choices; sharp looks; available all-wheel drive; great price-to-performance ratio; driver aids now standard; outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Below Average: High-line models get pricey; lacks brand cachet.
Consensus: A new, viable alternative to European sport sedans, the 2022 Kia Stinger adds more powerful engines, even at the base level. The Kia’s looks have sharpened and a new Scorpion Special Edition adds to the appeal.
2022 Lexus IS
Above Average: Updated tech with smartphone integration; new V8-powered IS 500 F Sport performance model arrives; choice of rear or all-wheel drive; high reliability and resale value.
Below Average: No hybrid option.
Consensus: Redesigned in 2021, the new 2022 Lexus IS is a well-sorted luxury sport sedan. It can go from mild to wild, depending on how you order yours. The bonus is Lexus’ reliability and strong resale value.
Stinger vs. IS: Sport Sedan Showdown
The new 2022 Kia Stinger has readjusted its feature set, offering more value for less money. Still, frugal buyers searching for a budget-priced sports sedan should be prepared for how quickly the price may ramp up.
For 2022, there is a more potent base engine and refined exterior looks. In addition to the Stinger’s appearance and overall functionality, it touts a cargo-hauling bonus via the liftback rear opening.
The new Stinger is powered by a base 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Performance enthusiasts can select the 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 powering the Stinger GT1, GT2, and Scorpion. This twin-turbo engine receives an additional 3 horses this year, now making 368 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission with standard rear- or all-wheel drive for an additional $2,200. A maxed-out 2022 Kia Stinger GT2, which includes standard all-wheel drive, prices just below $56,000.
Among the driver assists the Stinger offers are forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, and blind-spot monitoring. Also included are rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, rear parking sensors, and navigation-based adaptive cruise control.
The Lexus IS is available in three basic models. First up is the rear-wheel-drive IS 300. The IS 300 AWD is next, followed by the IS 350, which is available in rear- or AWD and standard or F Sport trim. Throughout the lineup, the major difference is in the engine and the drivetrain packaging.
Power for the Lexus IS 300 comes from a base 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission with standard rear-wheel drive. The IS 300 AWD employs a 3.5-liter V6 producing 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The IS 350 is available with RWD or AWD and offers 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque from the 3.5-liter V6.
The latest addition to the IS lineup is the 500 F Sport. It boasts a 5.0-liter V8 that delivers a stout 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. Lexus says the IS 500 F Sport can tick off a run from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
The Lexus IS 300 comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration. NuLuxe synthetic leather covers the seating and 18-inch wheels replace the previous 17-inch alloys. Factory leather is not an option. The IS 300 with the base 4-cylinder engine is only available in RWD. All Lexus IS models come with the impressive Lexus Safety System+ safety suite.
Similar size; available all-wheel drive; more powerful optional engines; NHTSA 5-Star safety.
2022 Kia Stinger Advantages
Lower base prices; roomier cabin; more cargo flexibility; long warranty.
2022 Lexus IS Advantages
Optional V8; solid resale value; luxury brand cachet.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Kia Stinger offers various configurations, power, trim levels, and an excellent powertrain warranty that could be right for many types of buyers.
The Lexus IS brings a great reputation for quality and luxury. The new V8 IS 500 F appeals to enthusiasts.
Ready to buy a 2022 Kia Stinger or 2022 Lexus IS? Shop now for one on sale near you.
|2022 Kia Stinger GT-Line||2022 Lexus IS|
|Engine||2.5-liter turbo I4||2.0-liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||300 hp @ 5,800 rpm||241 hp @ 5,200 rpm|
|Torque||311 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1,650 rpm|
|Transmission||8-spd automatic||8-spd automatic|
|Fuel Economy||27 mpg (22 city/32 hwy)||25 mpg (21 city/31 hwy)|
|Also Available||3.3-liter twin-turbo V6; AWD||3.5-liter V6; 5.0-liter V8; AWD|
|Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||6 years/70,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||114.4 inches||110.2 inches|
|Overall Length||190.2 inches||185.4 inches|
|Width||73.6 inches||72.4 inches|
|Height||55.1 inches||56.5 inches|
|Turning Diameter||36.7 feet||34.2 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.3 inches||38.2 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.0 inches||36.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.6 inches||44.8 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||36.4 inches||32.2 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.4 inches||55.9 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.8 inches||53.4 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||93.8 cubic feet||90.2 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||23.3 cubic feet||10.8 cubic feet|
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