Hyundai and Kia can kill the Stinger, Sonata and K5 Sedans

Hyundai and Kia can kill the Stinger, Sonata and K5 Sedans

Hyundai, Kia and Genesis build some of the best cars to buy right now – everything from family SUVs to standout EVs to luxury vehicles. Over the past five years, the company has 12 cars to win or be finalists of the NACTOY prize † But some of our favorite cars from their lineup — including two of those finalists — could disappear. according to an Automotive News report, Hyundai Motor Group plans to trim its sedan lineup

The first sedan to go may well be the Kia Stinger. The more powerful GT version has received critical acclaim as basically a Porsche Panamera on a budget. And it could become an instant classic given the small numbers Kia has sold. According to reports, the Stinger will leave production as early as the third quarter of 2022.

Hyundai may phase the Sonata (and consequently the Kia K5 based on it) after this model cycle is completed in 2027 or 2028. That would cost us a versatile Sonata range, including a luxurious hybrid model that earns close to 50 mpg.

Sedans heading for the distant afterlife shouldn’t surprise us too much, as we’ve seen projects like the exciting Mazda 6 reboot fail. There are several really good ones with redeeming qualities that automotive journalists love. But sedans are not high-profit vehicles like trucks and SUVs. You have to sell them in volume to make it financially meaningful.

That’s difficult when Honda and Toyota have dominant market share in sedans and the number of buyers is shrinking every year. Mid-sized sedans such as the Stinger and Sonata are less popular than compact sedans. And compact sedans may only be popular because they’re essentially the only option at that price — until more vehicles like the Ford Maverick come out.

The car world is also going electric at a rapid pace. And in five or six years, it might not make much sense to buy a Stinger or a Sonata on combustion if you an even better Hyundai Ioniq 6 and run it on solar energy for your home.


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