The head-up display was once — and still is, in some cars — just another way to view vehicle speed. But automakers have been adding more and more information to them, and the addition of blind spot warning indicators in the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger's available head-up display make this popular safety feature more helpful than ever.
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The indicators for blind spot warning systems are typically located in the side mirrors or at the base of the windshield pillars, and they illuminate when a car comes up alongside you from the left or right. Problem is, the warning is often redundant if you have your side mirrors set properly; the blind spot warning indicators tend to light up about the same time a car moves into view in one of your side mirrors.
With the warning icons in the Stinger's head-up display, however, the blind spot warning system becomes much more useful by letting you know when cars are around you without having to avert your eyes from the road. It's a much more effective way to warn you.
Besides blind spot warning, the Stinger's head-up display can also show the current speed limit, turn-by-turn directions, audio settings and driver assist information. It is, however, only currently offered on the top-of-the-line GT2 trim level, which has a list price of $50,100, including a $900 destination charge.
From its looks to its performance, the Stinger has impressed us in more than a few ways, and it made the cut as one of six nominees for our Best of 2018 award. Its useful head-up display is one more way it stands out.
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