The Kia Stinger has been named as Best of the Year in MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards, the top honor given amongst the 14-category program. The accolade is just the latest in a long string of acknowledgments for Stinger, which went on sale late last year and is redefining a staid sport sedan segment previously occupied by more expensive offerings from Germany. The awards, now in their 36th year, recognize vehicles for bringing innovation and value to the car-buying public.
“What’s innovative about Stinger isn’t its extraordinary handling, drop-dead style or eye-popping performance; that’s expected in this segment and Stinger delivers on every front,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “What’s innovative is that we brought this car to market at such a tremendous value and it’s an honor to be recognized by the MotorWeek editorial staff for this accomplishment.”
The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are consumer focused and the winners represent the best automotive picks within a large range of lifestyles. As television’s original automotive magazine series, MotorWeek’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles per year, and winners are chosen based on driving dynamics, performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value.
“Our annual Drivers’ Choice Awards look at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view. We are aware of trends and innovations, and they play a large part in our selection process,” said MotorWeek host, John Davis. “We also understand that consumers want value and reliability and that’s where we believe the Kia Stinger hits the sweet spot. It’s practical, great to look at, and can be a performance car or an everyday driver, depending on who’s behind the wheel. Our aim is to produce a list of winners that makes sense, and can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.”