Originally Posted by swizzle
Why do you presume the Stinger is less refined and clumsy? Reviews haven't found it to be clumsy and Cadillacs are as refined as Chevys.
B/c the Stinger is 8 inches longer, 3 in wider, and about 400 lbs heavier. Lighter and smaller usually wins.
The reviews I've read (from car mags) always seem to hedge a little bit. "It's a great first attempt." To me, that says that there is considerable room for improvement, although a welcome surprise from what Kia has produced thus far. Some reviews have also pointed out some highway noise (not surprising for a hatch) and some resonance in the rear. Motor Trend was surprised by how undersprung (not sure if that's the correct technical term) the ride was and how much roll there was (I'm actually fine w/ a bit of a roll).
I drove one (GT2), but only around the street (my own skills don't allow for more than vaguely spirited street driving). It's a nice drive, but the steering is pretty anodyne (although very well weighted and direct). Couldn't really tell much about ride/handling combo on the street, although the ride didn't seem obviously overly firm. All the power is great but totally irrelevant to my own daily drive (I'd probably be more than fine w/ the 4-cyl).
Interior is a nice design but spartan and a bit dour.
I don't think the Stinger is at all terrible, and I'm sure it'd be very pleasant to own. It provides a sporting RWD car at an affordable starting price, which is great. We shall see what Cadillac can do at possibly the same price. Given where I live (and where I need to park on a regular basis), a smaller car (esp a relatively narrow one) is just way easier to live w/. Back space is totally unimportant to me since I just use it as a package shelf. ;)
It's a win-win for car enthusiasts to have two potentially good choices in that price range.