The Telluride has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2021, marking the second year in a row the big and bold SUV has earned a spot among the esteemed group of vehicles. The highly regarded awards recognize the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans on sale today.
“We’re excited to include the Kia Telluride in Car and Driver’s 10Best for the second year in a row,” said Sharon Carty, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver.
“We remain impressed with how many features you get for Telluride’s base price of $33,160, that it is a pleasure to drive and even how adept it is off road. We find ourselves recommending the Telluride over and over to friends shopping for large SUVs, which is a sign of how much we like it.”
The Telluride competed against 57 other vehicles—cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans—to earn its spot on the list of ten vehicles. Experts at the renowned automotive publication judged competitors based on value, mission fulfillment, and road manners. The field included all-new or significantly updated vehicles with a base price below $90,000, along with last year’s winners.
Ezra Dyer from Car and Driver Said, "On specs alone, you wouldn't guess that the Kia Telluride is 10Best material. It's a family SUV of normal size with normal power and a normal price. But then you climb in and say, "This costs less than $50,000? How?" One tester pointed out that between the Telluride and the Cadillac Escalade (base price $77,490), only one offers ventilated second-row seats—and it's not the Escalade. The Telluride's appeal goes deeper than a 10-yard-long equipment list and a discount price. The big Kia is a pleasure to drive, with the 3.8-liter V-6 churning out smooth power and its quick responses belying its proletarian 291 horsepower. The ride is sedate and the body control taut, erring toward sportiness. And when equipped with all-wheel drive, the Telluride is even pretty adept off-road thanks to a button on the center console that locks the front-to-rear torque distribution at 50/50. Out on a trail or the road, this SUV is better than it needs to be. That description comes up a lot with the Telluride."
“This award is a badge of honor we wear with pride,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors America. “It is tremendously rewarding to know the industry’s most keen-eyed experts recognize the high level of craftsmanship and engineering we invested into the Telluride. We look forward to being a mainstay on this list for years to come.”
For 2021, the Telluride received minor enhancements along with a special appearance package, the Nightfall Edition. Shop for and schedule a 24 Hour Home Test Drive here.