The 2018 Kia Stinger has a lot going for it: unique looks; a design team led by the former head of BMW's M Performance division; and enough power to send the sport sedan from zero-to-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, according to Kia. Unfortunately, it still says "Kia" on it, and some people out there still think that matters.
Related: 2018 Kia Stinger and Stinger GT: First Drive
Admittedly, the outside is a little busy, with functional vents fore and aft of the front wheels, as well as a pair of non-functional vents behind the rear wheels, joining two more faux ones atop the hood. The vents are either all black or black and chrome, and really stand out against brighter colors.
The two front air vents flank a large grille in Kia's standard wide-mouthed style. It's similar to Kia's Optima mid-size sedan but far more aggressive. The grille leads up to a long and wide hood, then up to a sloping greenhouse. The B- and C-pillars are blacked out, and they join a character line that runs along the tops of the side windows down to the bottom of the rear windscreen.
There's a short rear decklid to meet the windscreen in a sportback/quasi-hatchback style similar to the Audi A7 or A5 Sportback. On Stinger GT models, four-piston front and two-piston rear Brembo-brand brakes bring the car to a halt, while plain Stinger models get smaller single-piston brakes.
Inside is an interior that wouldn't look out of place in a more "upscale" brand's car. Piano-black and metal accents surround vents and controls, and the flat-bottomed steering wheel serves as a reminder that this car wants to move. The infotainment system is housed in a faux tablet display sitting above three circular air vents.
This may be far too many words about the Stinger. If you're still here, go back to the top of the post and look at the photo gallery again.