Nissan Maxima Vs. Kia Stinger

By Justin Cupler | March 21st, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Maxima and 2019 Kia Stinger are what you expect to see when looking up “sports sedan” in the dictionary. They boast sporty looks, sleek cabins, premium amenities, and great performance. But which one is best for our Saginaw area buyers? Find out below.

Exterior

The 2019 Nissan Maxima is significantly refreshed with a new front fascia, a larger V-motion grille, and new standard LED headlights. Despite these updated touches, the 2019 Maxima retains its sports sedan look with its downward-sloping hood, swooping roofline, and sharp cutlines. We call this sharp sedan the “four-door sports car” for a reason.

The 2019 Kia Stinger is not quite a sports sedan but rather a grand tourer with its coupe-like roofline, long hood, and liftback rear end. It also boasts a unique front end with Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and plenty of sporty air intakes. While this looks sporty and unique, it may be a little much for some buyers to take in.

In terms of size, the 2019 Nissan Maxima is longer, taller, and lighter than the Stinger, but the Kia comes back with a wider stance and longer wheelbase.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Maxima 2019 Kia Stinger Difference
Length 192.8 inches 190.2 inches +2.6 inches
Width 73.2 inches 73.6 inches -0.4 inches
Height 56.5 inches 55.1 inches +1.4 inches
Wheelbase 109.3 inches 114.4 inches -5.1 inches
Ground Clearance 5.3 inches
Curb weight 3,552 to 3,676 pounds 3,611 to 4,023 pounds -59 to -347 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Maxima

  • More traditional appearance
  • Lighter body

Advantage: 2019 Kia Stinger

  • Sporty and aggressive looks
  • Wider footprint

Interior

The 2019 Nissan Maxima’s refresh also makes it to the inside where it gains new semi-aniline, diamond-quilted Rakuda Tan leather seating and the available Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety equipment. In terms of overall design, the 2019 Maxima retains its surprisingly sporty look that includes bolstered seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and large center console that creates distinct separation between the passenger and driver.

The 2019 Kia Stinger also boasts a sporty interior that includes a flat-bottom steering wheel and well-bolstered seats, but it adds circular air vents, loads of metallic trim, a “floating” infotainment screen, and more.

When looking at roominess, the 2019 Maxima wins most of the front-seat battles, while the Stinger’s longer wheelbase helps it win in key rear-seat measurements. In luggage space, the Stinger’s liftback crushes the Maxima by 9 cubic feet.

 

When talking about features, the 2019 Maxima and 2019 Stinger are both premium sedans so there are plenty of upscale amenities available. Even their respective base models come impressively equipped. The Maxima’s list of standout standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, dual-zone climate control, and more.

 

The 2019 Stinger’s standard touchscreen is an inch smaller, but the remaining goodies are on point and include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, paddle shifters, LED interior lights, a 12-way power driver’s seat, and much more.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Maxima 2019 Kia Stinger Difference
Front headroom 39.4 inches 38.3 inches +1.1 inches
Front legroom 45 inches 42.6 inches +2.4 inches
Front shoulder room 56.7 inches 56.4 inches +0.3 inches
Front hip room 54.2 inches 55.5 inches -1.3 inches
Rear headroom 36.7 inches 37 inches -0.3 inches
Rear legroom 34.2 inches 36.4 inches -2.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 55.7 inches 54.8 inches +0.9 inches
Rear hip room 53.5 inches 56.1 inches -2.6 inches
Trunk capacity 14.3 cubic feet 23.3 cubic feet -9 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Maxima

  • Roomier front seats
  • Larger standard touchscreen
  • Sharp two-tone color scheme

Advantage: 2019 Kia Stinger

  • Roomier rear seats
  • Big-time cargo room
  • Cleaner-looking cabin

Performance

Sedans can be sporty? Yup, and the 2019 Maxima and 2019 Stinger are two of the best at it. The Maxima has been in the sports sedan game for what seems like an eternity, and it continues to deliver with its 300-horsepower V-6 engine and 5.7-second 0-to-60 time. But straight-line speed isn’t all the Maxima does well, it also outperforms the Stinger in lateral acceleration, holding 0.89 g on a 300-foot skid pad versus the Stinger’s 0.85 g.

Sure, the Stinger’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder cannot hang with the Maxima’s V-6 engine, but its 365-horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 delivers a 4.7-second 0-to-60 time. Giving the Stinger another leg up is its available all-wheel drive, which enhances traction at launch and in slippery conditions.

2019 Nissan Maxima 2019 Kia Stinger Difference
Standard Engine 3.5-liter V-6 engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 300 hp at 6,400 rpm 255 hp at 6,200 rpm +45 hp
Torque 261 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 260 lb-ft at 1,400 to 4,000 rpm +1 lb-ft
Transmission CVT with manual shift mode 8-speed automatic
Driveline FWD RWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 5.7 seconds 6.6 seconds +0.9 seconds
Lateral acceleration 0.89 g 0.85 g +0.04 g
MPG City 20 mpg* 21 to 22 mpg 1 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 30 mpg* 29 mpg +1 mpg
MPG Combined 24 mpg* 24 to 25 mpg 0 to -1 mpg
Optional Engine
3.3-liter turbo V-6
Horsepower
365 hp at 6,000 rpm -65 hp
Torque
376 lb-ft at 1,300 to 4,500 rpm -115 lb-ft
Transmission
8-speed automatic
Driveline
RWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time
4.7 seconds +1 second
Lateral acceleration
0.85 g +0.04 g
MPG City
17 mpg +3 mpg
MPG Highway
25 mpg +5 mpg
MPG Combined
20 mpg +4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Maxima

  • Quicker base model
  • Big power advantage versus base Stinger
  • Better handling

Advantage: 2019 Kia Stinger

  • Better base fuel economy
  • Huge power advantage with V-6
  • Significantly quicker with V-6 engine

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Nissan Maxima comes in six trim levels — S, SV, SL, SR, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve — and their starting prices range from $33,950 to $42,580.

 

There are five trim levels making up the 2019 Kia Stinger lineup: base, Premium, GT, GT1, and GT2. Their starting prices range from $32,990 to $50,200.

2019 Nissan Maxima Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $33,950**

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with painted inserts
  • Halogen headlights
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Voice recognition
  • NissanConnect
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • One USB port
  • One USB-C port
  • Cloth seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch driver display
  • Satin-chrome faceted finishers
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows with front one-touch up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with keyless ignition
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote ignition
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Intelligent driver alertness
  • Rear door alert

 

SV: $35,960**

  • All S features, plus
  • Heated mirrors with turn signals
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • Driver’s seat power lumbar
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seating
  • HD Radio
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-sport warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

SL: $38,440**

  • All SV features, plus
  • Dual-panel panoramic moonroof
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Adjustable ambient lighting
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 11-speaker Bose Premium Audio System
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Two USB ports
  • Two USB-C ports
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

SR: $39,530**

  • All SL features, plus
  • Paddle shifters
  • Active Ride Control
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 19-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Sport spoiler
  • Driver’s seat manual thigh support
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Premium Ascot leather seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara inserts
  • Premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel with Alcantara insert
  • Satin-dark-chrome faceted interior trim
  • Charcoal headliner
  • Aluminum sport pedals
  • Active sound enhancement
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • High-beam assist

 

Platinum: $41,440**

  • All SL features, plus
  • 19-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Reverse-gear-tilt-down side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side-view mirror
  • NissanConnect Services
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rear-window power sunshade
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, steering wheel, and mirrors
  • Driver’s seat manual thigh-support adjustment
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Premium Ascot leather seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts
  • Premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Satin bird’s-eye maple wood faceted trim
  • 360-degree camera
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • High-beam assist
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Rear automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist

 

Platinum Reserve: $42,580**

  • All Platinum features, plus
  • 19-inch Dark Hyper Silver aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Heated rear seats
  • Semi-aniline leather seating with diamond-quilted leather inserts
  • Two-tone steering wheel with contrast insert
  • Satin Bronze faceted interior trim
  • Charcoal headliner

2019 Kia Stinger Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $32,990

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Idle stop
  • ECO, Sport, Comfort, Smart, and Custom drive modes
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • High-performance dampers
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Functional side vents
  • Power-folding, heated mirrors
  • Mirror-mounted LED turn signals
  • Courtesy lighting
  • Acoustic front-side glass
  • Auto-on/off projector-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED brake lights
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  • UVO infotainment system with 7-inch display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Paddle shifters
  • USB data port
  • Front and rear 2.1-amp USB charging ports
  • Front and rear 12-volt power outlets
  • 3.5-inch multi-information display
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front glass
  • Keyless unlocking and ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • LED interior map lights
  • Multicolor LED ambient lighting
  • Overhead sunglasses holder
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Leather seating
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • High-gloss-black accent trim
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Lane-change assist
  • Hill-start assist

 

Premium: $39,190

  • All base features, plus
  • Coasting transmission disconnect
  • Sunroof
  • Dual-lens full-LED headlights
  • LED rear turn signals
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • 725-watt, 15-speaker Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Audio
  • Electronic parking brake with brake hold
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 7-inch driver-information display
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver attention warning

 

GT: $39,300

  • All base features, plus
  • 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Brembo brakes
  • Speed-sensitive steering
  • 19-inch GT-style wheels
  • Dual-lens full-LED headlights
  • GT upper and lower grille
  • GT hood with high-gloss-black trim
  • GT rear bumper
  • Black-chrome exterior accents
  • Body-color door handles
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • Aluminum interior accent trim
  • Alloy pedals
  • Aluminum-look sill scuff plates
  • Sport steering wheel

 

GT1: $45,300

  • All GT features, plus
  • Coasting transmission disconnect
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • LED rear turn signals
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • 725-watt, 15-speaker Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Audio
  • Electronic parking brake with brake hold
  • Wireless phone charger
  • 7-inch driver-information display
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver attention warning

 

GT2: $50,200

  • All GT1 features, plus
  • Smart power trunk
  • Dynamic low-beam headlights
  • Shift-by-wire shifter
  • Head-up display
  • Nappa leather seating
  • 16-way power driver’s seat
  • 12-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • 360-degree camera

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Maxima?

The 2019 Nissan Maxima is the perfect car for a performance fanatic who has a family and prefers to blend in just a bit. The Maxima delivers the straight-line performance and handling this buyer wants all while maintaining a low-profile appearance.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Kia Stinger?

With its standout looks, the 2019 Kia Stinger is best for buyers who want performance but prefer to stand out a bit in a crowd. The Stinger exceeds the Maxima’s straight-line performance and delivers a stunning look that will satisfy your cravings for attention.

 

Whether it’s a calm commute to Saginaw or a white-knuckle sprint to Bay City, the 2019 Nissan Maxima can handle it with class and composure. Head down to Garber Nissan Hyundai serving the Midland and Saginaw areas today to test drive the 2019 Maxima for yourself. If you can’t make it to our Saginaw Nissan dealership today, you can check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Maxima models we have in stock and schedule a day to test drive a few.

 

*2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city / 30 highway / 24 combined. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only

 

**Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes tax, title, license, options and destination charge. Dealer sets actual price.