This incredible experience was paid for by Kia, but all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
As you probably know by now, I was in North Hollywood last week for the Kia Stinger National Press Introduction. I hope you followed along on social – it was a blast! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned for lots on the Kia Stinger! In California, I was even able to compare it to a few similar cars. This was my first event with Kia, and I had been told ahead of time, they know how to put together an event. This couldn’t be more accurate.
Down to the Last Detail
This event was themed around the 1970s and Kia did not leave out one tiny detail. From the hotel that they chose to host us in, right down to the snacks they provided. We stayed at The Garland Hotel, which is fittingly located down the street from the Brady Bunch House. The first night at dinner had food stations set up that were themed for movies from that era – including Jaws, The French Connection, and for dessert, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Not to mention all the amazing decor and the live band! I thought there was no way they could top that dinner – until I went to dinner the next night.
They called it the Stinger Supper Club – and it was incredible. I knew from the moment I walked in the room, it was going to be a fun night. The ambiance was that of a club from the 70s including the velvet booth tables. Something I found really cool was that the food was themed around the places that the Kia Stinger had been tested – from Sweden to Northern California. The food was great (I could have eaten from that taco station all night!), but the best part was the entertainment. We were treated to performances by jugglers, acrobats, and more. It was mind blowing and really closed the trip out on a high note.
In order to make sure we had the full 1970s experience, Kia provided us with tons of entertainment. There would be no sitting around the hotel bored for us – oh no. Not only was there a hospitality suite where we participated in a coloring contest and could sit in orange bean bag chairs and listen to records – there were two other rooms open to us. One was a movie theater that was playing movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Close Encounters, and Star Wars – as well as episodes of The Brady Bunch. There were even tons of snacks to choose from when heading to the movies – from popcorn to Runts!
One of my favorite places to hang out though was the game room. This room was basically created for someone like me. I could have spent all of my time in there, but then I wouldn’t have been very social. It was filled with old school arcade games and even a Skeeball game – yes, Skeeball! I spent a lot of time before dinner that first night playing Donkey Kong and Skeeball.
The day started with a product briefing on the Stinger. I promise you I will have a lot more about the specs and my experience driving it in the future. But for now, I want to give you an idea of what Kia set up for us on drive day. They mapped out a few scenic routes for the day, guided us to a Kia Stinger GT2 with a drive partner (mine was Drew Bennett from BenSpark.com), and sent us on our way. We drove up some winding mountain roads in the Angeles National Forest, and were even provided with a driver switch pit stop where we were given goodies from the 70s like Zingers (yum!).
Our first leg brought us to the Six Flags Magic Mountain parking lot where an autocross was set up. Here we could zip around in the Kia Stinger, as well as some of its competitors (if you can call them that). Available to test drive was the Audi A5 and A7, Porsche Panarama, BMW 440i, Lexus GS, and the Infiniti Q50. I am talking cars that have a price point of up to $102,000! Stay tuned for a full article detailing my thoughts on how all of the cars performed, and where I rank them. After spending time there, we headed back to the hotel. There were two options to get back – the scenic route and the direct route. We took the scenic route which was twice as long, but a lot more fun!
I loved how everything about my experience on this event was so cohesive. From the gaming room and food, right down to the lava lamps and bean bag chairs. If it wasn’t for my cellphone in my pocket, I might have thought I was actually in the 1970s. There was also great conversation with other press and the Kia team. I think this is the start of a beautiful relationship with Kia – and I am excited to be along for the ride!
The Kia Stinger is expected to hit dealerships this December with base pricing of just under $32,ooo. I mean, what! talk about a competitive price. The Stinger Premium starts at $37,100 and the GT starts at $38,3502. Even the GT1 & GT2 are extremely affordable – starting at a modest $43,250 and $49,200 respectively. If you are somewhere like I am (upstate New York), you can go with the all-wheel drive version for just $2,200 more. Remember, stay tuned for lots more on this gorgeous beast of a car – you don’t want to miss it!
The opinions expressed here are that of Mama’s Geeky only. While the products in this post were given complimentary (unless otherwise stated) for me to review, that does not alter my opinion of the product(s) mentioned. This post may contain sponsored links and affiliate links.