2020 Kia Stinger vs. 2019 Subaru Legacy

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Safety

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The Stinger GT2 has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Legacy only offers a rear monitor.

The Stinger GT1/GT2’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Legacy doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Stinger and the Legacy have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

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, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Stinger the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Legacy has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Stinger comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Legacy’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Stinger 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Legacy. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Legacy ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 20 percent more Kia dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Stinger’s warranty.

Reliability

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The battery on the Stinger is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stinger’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Legacy’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Legacy isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Engine

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The Stinger GT-Line’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 80 more horsepower (255 vs. 175) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 174) than the Legacy 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Stinger GT-Line’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 247) than the Legacy 3.6R Limited’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6-cylinder. The Stinger GT’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 109 more horsepower (365 vs. 256) and 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 247) than the Legacy 3.6R Limited’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Stinger is faster than the Subaru Legacy:

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

Legacy 2.5i

Legacy 3.6R Limited

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

4.4 sec

8.8 sec

7.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.4 sec

5 sec

9.1 sec

7.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

2.5 sec

4.3 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

3.2 sec

5.9 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

12.9 sec

16.9 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

111 MPH

85 MPH

94 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

167 MPH

130 MPH

139 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stinger GT-Line AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Legacy 3.6R Limited Auto 6 cyl. (21 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Stinger’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Legacy doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The Stinger GT/GT1/GT2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s at 2250 in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Legacy doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Stinger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Legacy:

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

Legacy 2.5i

Legacy 3.6R Limited

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Stinger stops much shorter than the Legacy:

Stinger

Legacy

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Stinger GT-Line’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Legacy 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 55 series tires. The Stinger GT’s 225/40R19 front and 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Legacy Sport/Limited’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stinger GT-Line has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Legacy 2.5i/2.5i Premium. The Stinger GT’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Legacy Sport/Limited.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stinger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Legacy’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Stinger offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Legacy’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stinger’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Legacy (114.4 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Stinger is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Legacy.

The Stinger’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.9% to 48.1%) than the Legacy’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Stinger more stable handling and braking.

The Stinger GT2 handles at .93 G’s, while the Legacy 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stinger GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Legacy 2.5i Limited (24.8 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Stinger AWD is quieter than the Legacy 3.6R Limited:

Stinger

Legacy

At idle

39 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Stinger GT2’s power trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Stinger’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Legacy doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The Stinger has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Legacy doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Stinger to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Subaru doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Legacy.

Ergonomics

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The Stinger GT1/GT2’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Legacy doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Stinger GT2 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Legacy doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Stinger and the Legacy have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Stinger is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Legacy prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Stinger’s front power windows 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 Legacy’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Legacy Premium//Limited’s optional windows’ rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Stinger GT1/GT2’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Legacy’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Stinger’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Legacy Premium/Sport/Limited.

When the Stinger GT1/GT2 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Legacy’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Stinger GT1/GT2 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Legacy doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Stinger’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Legacy doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Stinger has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Legacy Premium/Sport/Limited.

Both the Stinger and the Legacy offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Stinger has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Stinger has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Legacy doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Stinger is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Legacy doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Stinger third among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Legacy isn’t in the top three in its category.

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