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2020 Nissan Maxima Vs. 2020 Kia Stinger

 Sedans are no longer the sluggish family haulers they were of yesteryear. Even is it was an accident, many of today’s sedans boast impressive acceleration numbers and attract the attention of performance lovers. There is no accident in how the 2020 Kia Stinger and 2020 Nissan Maxima perform, as their respective manufacturers built them as performance sedans. Which of these models is better for our shoppers in the Bradenton area? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

Sedans are supposed to be boring boxes, right? No one is supposed to give style a second thought when shopping for one, correct? Apparently, Kia and Nissan missed that memo because the 2020 Stinger and 2020 Maxima are two stunning four-port rigs.

 

The 2020 Nissan Maxima was the original four-door sports car, and it’s always held that crown with its delicate mixture of sportiness and family friendliness. Its latest iteration, which debuted in 2015, is the sportiest version yet with its swooping body lines, shallow-sloped rear glass, aggressive nose, sharp lighting details, and more. When shopping for a four-door, it is tough to beat the Maxima for style.

 

 

With that said, the Kia Stinger also throws a styling grenade in the boring-sedan crowd with its stunning grand tourer style. Everything, from its striking Tiger Nose grille, large wheels, sloped rear glass, and one-piece taillights that cut deep into the quarter panels to the styling personalities found in each trim level, oozes sportiness and class.

 

 

In terms of size, the Maxima is longer and taller than the Stinger, but the Kia’s sportier stance is 1.4 inches wider. The Stinger’s optional all-wheel drive helps with grip but makes it a little hefty, as its range-topping 4,023-pound curb weight is 424 pounds heavier than the base Maxima.

 

The Stinger and Maxima are well-equipped in every trim, including their base models. The Stinger’s standard exterior equipment includes 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, automatic on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, chrome door handles, dual chrome exhaust tips, satin-silver functional side air vents, mirror-mounted LED turn signals, body-color outside mirrors with power folding feature and heat, LED brake lights, and courtesy lighting.

 

The Maxima’s standard features are very similar to the Stinger’s but it sets itself apart with its standard LED headlights.

 

Measurement 2020 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 3,559 to 3,678 pounds 3,611 to 4,023 pounds -424 to +67 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 Kia Stinger

  •       Sharp and sleek grand tourer look
  •       Each trim has a distinct personality
  •       Carbon-fiber-loaded GTS model

Advantage: 2020 Nissan Maxima

  •       Sporty look
  •       Narrower body slides into tight parking garage spaces easier
  •       Sporty SR trim sets apart from the crowd

Interior

These sedans take all their great looks on the outside and translate most of it to interior speak. The 2020 Maxima’s cabin starts off its sporty attitude with a flat-bottom steering wheel with available contrast accents on select trims. Its dashboard is a bit basic, but it offers a full-width trim piece that breaks it up and a slight canter toward the driver to add to its sporty looks.

 

The Maxima goes well beyond just sporty, though. It also has loads of luxury items, including Semi-Aniline seating with quilted inserts and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.

 

 

The 2020 Stinger’s interior is a touch simpler with its mostly black color scheme that boasts only touches of metallic trim to break it all up. This dark and metallic theme pulls from many of today’s luxury cars, showing whom Kia is targeting with the Stinger. The stinger pushes its sporty side a bit further with its flat-bottom steering wheel, alloy pedals, and T-style shifter.

 

 

These sedans are well-equipped in every trim, including their respective base models. The Maxima’s standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, push-button ignition, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power passenger’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and much more.

 

The Kia Stinger has a similar list of standard interior features but sets itself apart from the Nissan with its standard 3.5-inch LCD driver information screen, 2.1-amp USB charging ports in the front and rear, a 12-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar, and more.

 

Measurement 2020 Nissan Maxima 2019 Kia Stinger Difference
Front headroom 38.9 to 39.4 inches 38.3 inches +0.6 to +1.1 inches
Front legroom 45 inches 42.6 inches +2.4 inches
Front shoulder room 54.2 inches 56.4 inches -2.2 inches
Front hip room 56.7 inches 55.5 inches +1.2 inches
Rear headroom 35.8 to 36.7 inches 37 inches -1.2 to -0.3 inches
Rear legroom 34.2 inches 36.4 inches -2.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 53.5 inches 54.8 inches -1.3 inches
-Rear hip room 55.7 inches 56.1 inches -0.4 inches
Cargo room 14.3 cubic feet 23.3 cubic feet -9 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Kia Stinger

  •       Toned down a bit inside
  •       Countless seating position
  •       Massive trunk
  •       Tons more rear legroom

Advantage: 2020 Nissan Max

  •       Contrasting leather accents
  •       Larger standard touchscreen
  •       High-end leather in higher trims
  •       Roomier front seats

Performance

These sedans don’t just look great. They perform great too. The 2020 Maxima has just one engine, a 3.5-liter V-6, pumping out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a shiftable continuously variable transmission and out to the front wheels for a 5.7-second gallop to 60 mph.

 

 

The Kia Stinger has two engine options, starting with a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Optionally, buyers can get the twin-turbo V-6 with 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Both engines mate with an eight-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the rear or all four wheels for a 6.6-second sprint to 60 mph with the four-pot and a 4.7-second run with the V-6.

 

 

2020 Nissan Maxima 2019 Kia Stinger Difference
Standard engine 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 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-spd automatic
Driveline FWD RWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time 5.7 seconds 6.6 seconds -0.9 seconds
MPG City 20 mpg 21 to 22 mpg -2 to -1 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 twin-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-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time 4.7 seconds +1 second
MPG City 17 mpg +3 mpg
MPG Highway 25 mpg +5 mpg
MPG Combined 20 mpg +4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Kia Stinger

  •       Wild V-6 acceleration
  •       Great handling across the board

Advantage: 2020 Nissan Maxima

  •       Faster base acceleration
  •       Better V-6 fuel economy
  •       No finicky turbo engines to mess with

Pricing and Features

As well-equipped and great-performing sedans go, the Maxima and Stinger are not cheap.

The 2020 Kia Stinger has six trim levels – 2.0L, Premium, GT, GTS, GT1, and GT2 – and their starting prices range from $32,990 to $50,200.

The 2020 Maxima has the S, SV, SL, SR, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve trim. Their starting prices range from $34,250 to $42,680.

2019 Kia Stinger Key Features and Pricing by Trim

2.0L: $32,990

  •       2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  •       Eight-speed automatic transmission
  •       Automatic engine stop/start
  •       High-performance dampers
  •       Rear-wheel drive
  •       18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  •       Automatic on/off headlights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       Chrome door handles
  •       Dual chrome exhaust tips
  •       Satin silver functional side air vents
  •       Mirror-mounted LED turn signals
  •       Body-color outside mirrors
  •       Power-folding, heated mirrors
  •       LED brake lights
  •       Courtesy lighting
  •       Acoustic front glass
  •       3.5-inch LCD gauges
  •       Six-speaker audio system
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Bluetooth connectivity
  •       Drive mode select
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Folding rear center armrest with cup holders
  •       LED interior lighting
  •       Multicolor ambient lighting
  •       Power door locks
  •       Power windows with front one-touch up/down
  •       Keyless entry and ignition
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Paddle shifters
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       2.1-amp USB charging ports in the front and rear
  •       UVO eServices infotainment system
  •       7-inch touchscreen
  •       12-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       Eight-way power passenger’s seat with two-way power lumbar
  •       High-gloss-black accent trim
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Leather seating
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped shifter
  •       Blind-spot monitoring
  •       Lane-change assist
  •       Front and rear parking sensors
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert
  •       Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  •       Brake-fade compensation
  •       Cornering Brake Control
  •       Hill-start assist

Premium: $39,190

  •       All 2.0L features, plus
  •       Dual-lens full-LED headlights
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       LED rear turn signals
  •       Sunroof
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Electric parking brake
  •       15-speaker, 720-watt Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic audio system
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       7-inch digital gauge cluster
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Navigation with voice control
  •       Wireless phone charger
  •       Two-position memory driver’s seat
  •       Ventilated front seats
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Driver awareness monitor
  •       Auto brake hold
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Forward collision warning
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Adaptive cruise control with stop and go

GT: $39,300

  •       All 2.0L features, plus
  •       3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6
  •       Limited-slip differential
  •       Brembo brakes
  •       Variable-ratio steering
  •       19-inch GT style alloy wheels
  •       Summer-only tires
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Black chrome GT grille
  •       High-gloss-black GT hood trim
  •       GT rear bumper
  •       Nine-speaker audio system
  •       Electronic parking brake
  •       Aluminum interior accent trim
  •       Alloy pedals
  •       Aluminum-look door skid plates
  •       Sport steering wheel
  •       Brake hold

GTS: $44,000

  •       All GT features, plus
  •       Federation Orange exterior paint
  •       Carbon-fiber functional side vents
  •       Carbon-fiber GT grille
  •       Carbon-fiber outside mirrors
  •       Sunrooof with power sunshade
  •       15-speaker, 720-watt Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic audio system
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Navigation
  •       Wireless phones charger
  •       Chamude headliner
  •       Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and center armrest
  •       Drift mode

GT1: $45,300

  •       All GT features, plus
  •       Electronically controlled suspension
  •       Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  •       Black-chrome functional side vents
  •       Black-chrome outside mirrors
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Sport gauges
  •       7-inch digital gauses
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Navigation
  •       Wireless phone charger
  •       Two-position driver’s seat memory
  •       Ventilated front seats
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Driver attention monitor
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Forward collision warning
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Adaptive cruise control with stop and go

GT2: $50,200

  •       All GT1 features, plus
  •       Smart power trunk
  •       Head-up display
  •       Electronic gear shifter
  •       360-degre camera
  •       12-way power passenger’s seat with four-way electric lumbar
  •       16-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar and two-way side bolster adjustment
  •       Heated rear outboard seats
  •       Nappa leather seating
  •       Dynamic low-beam headlights

2020 Nissan Maxima Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $34,250

  •       3.5-liter V-6 engine
  •       Xtronic continuously variable transmission with manual-shift mode
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Brake assist
  •       Hydroelectric power steering
  •       18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheels
  •       LED headlights
  •       LED signature lighting
  •       Integrated LED taillight signature
  •       Auto on/off headlights
  •       Quad-tipped exhaust outlets
  •       Power mirrors
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Rear HVAC vents
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Keyless open and ignition
  •       Remote ignition with climate control
  •       Power door locks
  •       Rear door alert
  •       Power windows with front one-touch up/down
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Speed-sensitive, variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Four-way power passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seats
  •       Cloth upholstery
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped shift knob
  •       Satin-chrome-faceted interior trim
  •       Advanced drive-assist display
  •       NissanConnect infotainment system
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  •       Hands-free text messaging
  •       Eight-speaker AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD audio system
  •       MP3/WMA CD playback
  •       Auxiliary input jack
  •       One USB port and one USB-C port
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Cruise control
  •       Forward collision warning
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Rear automatic braking
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Rear parking sensors
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Driver awareness sensor
  •       Nissan vehicle immobilizer

SV: $36,300

  •       All S features, plus
  •       Heated outside mirrors
  •       Power driver’s seat lumbar support
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Leather-appointed seats
  •       Navigation
  •       SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  •       HD Radio
  •       Adaptive cruise control
  •       Traffic sign recognition

SL: $38,640

  •       All SV features, plus
  •       Dual-panel panoramic moonroof
  •       HomeLink universal garage door opener
  •       Adjustable ambient lighting
  •       Power height adjustment on passenger’s seat
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       11-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Two USB ports and two USB-C ports
  •       Front and rear parking sensors

SR: $41,450

  •       All SL features, plus
  •       Paddle shifters
  •       Sport-tuned suspension
  •       19-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Sport spoiler
  •       Reverse-gear tilt-down mirrors
  •       Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
  •       Memory for outside mirrors
  •       Driver’s seat manual thigh extension
  •       Heated and cooled front seats
  •       Premium Ascot leather seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts
  •       Premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast insert
  •       Satin-dark-chrome faceted interior trim
  •       Charcoal headliner
  •       Aluminum sport pedals
  •       Intelligent Lane Intervention
  •       360-degree camera

Platinum: $41,540

  •       All SL features, plus
  •       19-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Reverse-gear tilt-down outside mirrors
  •       Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Rain-sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Rear window power sunshade
  •       Two-position memory for driver’s seat and steering wheel
  •       Driver’s seat manual thigh support
  •       Heated and cooled seats
  •       Premium Ascot leather seats with diamond-quilted leather inserts
  •       Premium Ascot leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Satin Bird’s-Eye Maple Wood faceted interior trim
  •       NissanConnect Services
  •       Intelligent lane intervention
  •       360-degree camera

Platinum Reserve: $42,680

  •       All Platinum features, plus
  •       19-inch Dark Hyper Silver aluminum wheels
  •       Heated rear seats
  •       Semi-Aniline leather seats with dynamic diamond-quilter leather inserts
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast insert
  •       Satin Bronze faceted interior trim
  •       Charcoal headliner

Who Should Buy the 2020 Kia Stinger

Buyers seeking a lightning -fast sedan will find the Kia Stinger GT the better option with its 4.7-second 0-to-60 time and incredible handling. Also, shoppers who need more rear seat room will find this and more trunk space in the Stinger.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Nissan Maxima

Shoppers seeking a better mixture of sport and luxury will find that in the Nissan Maxima. With its range of upscale upholstery and stunning looks, it hits both sides of the equation perfectly.

 

Ready to make the sporty and luxurious Nissan Maxima a part of your family? Stop by Nissan of Bradenton serving Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding areas to check it out and take it for a test drive. Can’t make it to our Sarasota area showroom today? Navigate to our online inventory page, pick a few in-stock 2020 Maxima models that suit your needs, and schedule a test drive time that fits your busy life.

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