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Can a Kia Stinger Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Kia Stinger has a maximum braked towing capacity of 3300 lbs which drops to 1650 lbs upon pulling unbraked loads. This towing capacity is constant throughout all the trims of the Stinger and is enough to pull a camping trailer.

How much the vehicle can actually tow depends on the design and ability of the towbar installed, as the Kia Stinger does not come equipped with a towbar by default.

Kia Stinger Engine

The Stinger comes in two different engines, all run on gasoline, with the rear-wheel-drive default drive system. However, the vehicle will fare better for towing when the system is an all-wheel-drive (AWD).

  1. 2.5 L Smartstream FR G2.5 T-GDi I4: The Smartstream is a turbocharged straight four-cylinder engine with a gasoline direct fuel injection system employed by the GT-Line trim of the Kia Stinger. The engine produces 300 hp at 6000 rpm and 311 lb-ft of torque between 1650 and 4000 rpm.

  2. Lambda II 3.3 T-GDi: The Lambda is a six-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers and a gasoline direct injection fuel system used in the GT1 and GT2 trims of the Stinger. This engine generates an impressive 365 hp at 6000 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque between 1300 and 4500 rpm.

Between the two engines, the Lambda would be better at handling towing than the Smartstream. This is because in towing, the power output and torque is a factor in how well a vehicle can tow, and the Lambda generates 65 hp more than the Smartstream.

Should You Tow with the Stinger?

The Stinger is not ready for towing right out of the dealership as it does not come preinstalled with a trailering hitch. Trailering hitch can be purchased and installed through aftermarket shops. It is essential to buy and use safety chains while towing as it helps the vehicle and the load stay connected.

It is not recommended to tow with the Kia Stinger while it is in the break-in period, which goes on for the first 1200 miles of the vehicle’s run. Failure to comply with this requirement might result in serious damage to the vehicle’s engine and transmission.

Moreover, as towing is taxing towards the vehicle’s load-bearing components such as the wheelbase, engine, transmission, and brake pads, the car would require more frequent maintenance.

The Kia stinger is a mid-size liftback built by Kia, a South Korean manufacturer. The Kia Stinger was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The vehicle was designed to be an all-rounder, with attention given to luxury and comfort instead of focusing on power and performance.

The Kia Stinger is available in three different trims: the base GT-Line, the upgrade GT1, and the high-end GT2.

In conclusion, the Stinger is a high-performance vehicle and can handle braked towing up to 3300 lbs once equipped adequately with a trailering hitch.