The Kia Telluride has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs list, which recognizes 2020’s best trucks and SUVs on the market. The renowned automotive publication selected the award-winning three-row sport utility for this prestigious honor based on its design, equipment, performance and road manners.
“The Telluride is rare in how good it is,” says Sharon Silke Carty, Car and Driver editor-in-chief. “It spoils passengers with features, is quiet, responsive and smooth. It stands out in the crowded three-row SUV market.”
For the first time, Car and Driver combined 10Best Cars and 10Best Trucks and SUVs into a single 10Best for 2020. The Telluride competed against 93 other vehicles—cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans—to earn its spot on the list of ten vehicles. The primary criteria includes value, driving dynamics, and mission fulfillment. Nominees include all-new or significantly updated vehicles with a base price below $90,000, along with last year’s winners.
There are no categories on the trophies, though. To earn a 10Best win, a vehicle must prove itself against contenders as diverse as the automotive industry. The criteria remains the same: Every winner must deliver exceptional driving engagement, offer indisputable value and/or practicality, and fulfill its mission better than any of its competition.
The Telluride's design borrows here and there from Volvo and Land Rover, but it isn’t a copy. Every detail appears to have been carefully considered and shaped. The proportions, the richness of the paint, and the lighting elements conspire to create the appearance of a three-row SUV from a premium brand.
An upright and boxy body delivers panoramic sight-lines and leaves enough space to seat adults in all three rows. It’s the basic stuff that made folks fall in love with SUVs in the first place, and it’s all here. There’s consistent excellence in the design and packaging throughout, from the legroom of the second row to the way the seats fold and even down to the quality of the carpet.
In an article written by Car and Driver, Tony Quiroga says, "We drive hundreds of vehicles a year and it’s easy to tell which brands are trying to give the competition headachesThis Kia shows clear awareness of the field and what a three-row SUV should be. It bears the marks of a segment studied and dissected. The only customers we can think of who might not be delighted by the Telluride are the other carmakers that will inevitably buy one to reverse engineer."
“This is an absolute honor,” says Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America. “Car and Driver editors are widely respected for their automotive acumen and ability to bellwether the industry. A 10Best rating is a gold standard.”