2020 Nissan Maxima vs. 2019 KIA Stinger

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  • Available Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof (vs. single panel) – Maxima’s available dual panel moonroof allows people in the front and rear seats to enjoy open-air motoring with its very large opening. Stinger offers only a single panel moonroof.
  • Zero Gravity front seats – Every Maxima comes standard with Zero Gravity front seats, which help reduce fatigue when driving long distances. Stinger only offers a conventional seat design.
  • Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control – Maxima’s standard Remote Engine Start with Intelligent Climate Control allows the vehicle to be started remotely to warm or cool the interior prior to driving, and can even start the vehicle in defrost mode. Stinger does not offer this feature.
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor1 (I-AVM) – Maxima’s available Intelligent Around View Monitor provides views to the front, passenger side, and rear, and a composite view from above, to help enhance visibility when parking. It also provides visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the displayed monitor image. Stinger offers only a conventional rearview camera.
  • More standard safety features – Maxima has many more standard safety features than Stinger:
    • Rear passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags2
    • Standard High Beam Assist (HBA) (vs. available)
    • Standard Lane Departure Warning3 (LDW) (vs. available)
    • Standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert4 (RCTA) (vs. available)
    • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning5 (I-FCW) (vs. available and not intelligent)
    • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection6 (vs. available)
    • Standard Rear Automatic Braking7 (RAB)

Additional Advantages

  • Standard Integrated Dynamics-control Module
    • Intelligent Engine Brake (I-EB)
    • Standard Intelligent Trace Control8 (I-TC) (vs. available Dynamic Torque Vectoring)
    • Active Ride Control (ARC)
  • Standard vented front and rear disc brakes (vs. standard front, but available rear)
  • Standard LED low- and high-beam headlights (vs. available)
  • Available tilt-down outside mirrors
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Type-A and Type-C USB ports9 (vs. Type-A only)
  • Available power rear-window sunshade
  • Available entry/exit assist
  • Rear Door Alert10
  • Available Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition11 (TSR)
  • Standard Intelligent Driver Alertness12 (I-DA) (vs. available)
  • Driver and front-passenger supplemental knee air bags2 (vs. driver’s side only)
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert13
  • More front leg room14
  • More interior passenger volume14
  • Larger fuel tank14
  • Better fuel economy estimates (vs. V6)15
  • Longer corrosion (miles) limited warranty coverage16


kia stinger rear view

Stinger is a midsize sport sedan, positioned between the Optima and the Cadenza in the Kia sedan lineup. It is offered in five trim levels with a choice of turbocharged 4- or 6-cylinder engines. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic. Stinger is available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with and without Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control.

Stinger is a well-equipped, performance-oriented sport sedan, particularly in the higher trims. Maxima offers its own distinctive and sporty design, along with a long list of standard and available driver-assist and convenience features not found on Stinger.


Stinger was an all-new entry for 2018 and carries over for 2019 with the following changes:

  • Limited-slip differential on rear-wheel drive GT
  • Sun and Sound package available on Stinger 2.0L:
    • LED headlights
    • Sunroof
    • Navigation with 8-inch touch-screen
    • Harman/Kardon® 720-watt audio with ClariFi™ technology and 15 speakers
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning is now standard on all trims.
  • The following driver-assist features are now standard on Premium and GT1 trims:
    • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning
    • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
    • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist systems
    • Driver Attention Warning

kia stinger interior


Maxima Stinger
2.0L, Premium
GT1, GT2
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1 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
2 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Lane Departure Warning only operates when lane markings are able to be detected. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Rear Cross Traffic Alert may not detect all vehicles. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
5 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
6 Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Rear Automatic Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
8 Intelligent Trace Control cannot prevent collisions or loss of control. Driver should remain in control of vehicle at all times. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
9 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. If you have to use the connected device while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
10 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
11 Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) may not detect and read all traffic signs in all conditions. Driver should monitor all traffic signs and obey all traffic laws.
12 Intelligent Driver Alertness cannot provide a warning in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
13 Vehicle must be on for the Easy-Fill Tire Alert to operate.
14 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
15 Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
16 For complete information concerning coverage, conditions and exclusions, see your Nissan dealer and read the actual New Vehicle Limited Warranty booklet.