2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Kia Stinger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Stinger doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Stinger doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Camry and the Stinger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Stinger has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Camry’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Stinger runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Stinger.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Camry V6 is faster than the Stinger 2.0L:

Camry

Stinger

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

10.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.5 sec

16.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Stinger:

MPG

Camry

FWD

L 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/41 hwy

LE/SE/XLE/XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/39 hwy

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/33 hwy

XSE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

Stinger

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Camry has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Camry stops shorter than the Stinger:

Camry

Stinger

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camry SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

Chassis

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Kia Stinger.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Stinger GT2:

Camry

Stinger

Full-Throttle

72 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The Camry has 6.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (100.4 vs. 93.8).

The Camry has 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stinger.

Ergonomics

The Camry offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Stinger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Stinger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Stinger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Stinger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $1020 less than the Stinger over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $11727 to $21111 less than for the Kia Stinger.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Camry

Stinger

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Toyota Camry outsold the Kia Stinger by over 20 to one during 2018.

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