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Our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger GT hits the snow

We took our long-term Kia Stinger tester to the Rocky Mountains for a dose of the cold stuff.

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Emme Hall

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The 2018 Kia Stinger GT was a champ in the snow -- mostly.

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We took our long-term Kia Stinger home for the holidays, driving from San Francisco, California to Boulder, Colorado.

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The Stinger's $2,200 optional all-wheel drive system helped keep the sporty GT confident and planted while driving over the Rocky Mountains.

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However, all-wheel drive does not necessarily equal all-wheel stop, so we outfitted our Stinger with a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin winter tires.

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The combination of all-wheel drive and winter tires means the Stinger is pretty unstoppable in the snow.

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The 3.3-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine puts out a lot of power, so its best to be gentle on the throttle and brakes.

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I used the paddle shifters to slow down while descending into Boulder. 

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However, in Comfort mode the transmission will eventually upshift, so keep an eye on that gear display.

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The Kia Stinger starts at under $33,000, but our top of the line GT2 with all-wheel drive will set you back around $50,000.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this snappy little Stinger.

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