2020 Lincoln Continental vs. 2020 Kia Stinger

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Safety

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Both the Continental and Stinger have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Continental has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Stinger’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The rear seatbelts optional on the Continental Reserve/Black Label inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Stinger doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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The Continental has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Stinger doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Continental’s reliability 13 points higher than the Stinger.

Engine

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The Continental has more powerful engines than the Stinger:

Horsepower

Torque

Continental 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Continental 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Continental 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Stinger GT 3.3 turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Lincoln Continental turbo V6 is faster than the Stinger GT-Line 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

Continental

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.3 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Continental FWD 2.7 twin-turbo V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Stinger GT RWD V6 (18 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

The Continental has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stinger (18 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Continental has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Stinger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Continental

Stinger GT-Line

Stinger GT

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

13.4 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Continental has a standard Panic Brake Assist 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 Continental stops much shorter than the Stinger:

Continental

Stinger

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental has larger standard tires than the Stinger (235/50R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Continental Select/Reserve’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (255/45R19 vs. 225/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental Select/Reserve offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Stinger’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Stinger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the Stinger (117.9 inches vs. 114.4 inches).

The Continental Black Label AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Stinger (26.1 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Continental uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Stinger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Continental uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Stinger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Continental Reserve AWD is quieter than the Stinger GT2:

Continental

Stinger

At idle

37 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental a Large car, while the Stinger is rated a Mid-size.

The Continental has 12.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (106.4 vs. 93.8).

The Continental has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stinger.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Continental Reserve/Black Label’s available rear seats recline. The Stinger’s rear seats don’t recline.

Towing

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The Continental has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Stinger has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 40% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The Continental’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Stinger’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Continental’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 Continental the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Stinger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stinger doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Continental’s exterior PIN entry system. The Stinger doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Continental’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Stinger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the Continental Reserve/Black Label and manual rear side window sunshades are optional to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Stinger doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Stinger doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Continental (except Standard) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Stinger.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Stinger doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Continental Reserve/Black Label’s Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Stinger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Kia Stinger isn't recommended.

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