2018 Kia Stinger vs Ford Mustang

2018 Kia Stinger in Quakertown PA

It has been a timeless endeavor for car enthusiasts to seek out performance cars so they can imagine the thrill of driving on a high-speed track. However, these high-performance cars must have both sporty handling and a stylish comfortable interior. These types of cars are designed to transport your imagination to more youthful days. So when you are behind the wheel of one of these performance vehicles, and you find yourself on an open road, test the thrill of acceleration and being thrust into specially-designed racing seats.

Within the timelessness of performance cars, you will find the Ford Mustang. The Mustang has survived for over half a century through various design changes and generational gaps. No other car in its class has come close to the Mustang line or history. The Kia vehicle we’re selecting for this comparison is the 2018 Stinger GT2 performance sedan. Let’s see how they measure up.

2018 Kia Stinger


2018 Ford Mustang


Doors/Seats 2/4

< 5 seconds (GT)

0-60 acceleration (lower is better) < 5 seconds (GT)

22 miles per gallon

City MPG (higher is better)

21 miles per gallon

Dual-zone front automatic

Climate control Manual

Driver and front passenger

Base model heated seats

Not available

Luxury Sports vs Old School Muscle.

Now, you may be considering the handling performance and speed of both the 2018 Kia Stinger and 2018 Ford Mustang, but it’s important for us to point out the differences in what the manufacturers sought to accomplish. For engine options, both Kia and Ford let drivers choose between two that focus on performance and fuel efficiency. Our one-to-one comparison ends there, that’s because both models seek to accomplish two very different things while simultaneously delivering speed.

The 2018 Ford Mustang is not a luxury vehicle, and nor does it pretend to be. Many of the interior sophistication and comforts of luxury sports sedans are removed from its design, and instead, Ford provides the traditionally known performance vehicle. You’ll see this right away when looking at the interior features. Offered in some of the highest trim level options for the 2018 Ford Mustang, Kia out-classes the muscle car in climate control, audio system, and infotainment.

The 2018 Kia Stinger’s luxuriously-furnished interior includes 5 full seats and 60-40 folding split rear seats, 4-door access, fastback design, and heated front seats. Looking past the standard features offered in both cars, they each have a body style and build that serves as an indicator of their function. So, these features help demonstrate the Stinger was designed to be your daily life as much as it was to be a performance sports car.

In comparison, the 2018 Ford Mustang designers adhere to the tradition of a performance driving experience. The 2-door coupe only offers 4 seats with limited rear head and legroom, which is roughly 6” less for legroom and 3” less for headroom than the Stinger provides for its rear passengers. The Kia Stinger also offers three times the space offered by Mustang.

Both vehicles are designing prodigies, but beyond the speed and performance, these cars are very different. So, if you’re looking for speed, day-to-day functionality, and comfort, the Stinger is a superior car inside and out.


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