At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia received two MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards. The Niro won in the “Best Eco-Friendly” category and Telluride topped the “Best Large Utility” category. MotorWeek is television's longest running automotive magazine show. Its editors conduct upwards of 150 car and truck reviews annually, evaluating vehicles on an array of factors, including: price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records, and resale value. The Drivers’ Choice awards are based on these thorough evaluations.

MotorWeek editors are some of the most respected and astute in the industry,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA). “So, to have them recognize the Niro and Telluride as the best in their categories is incredibly satisfying.”

“With the Telluride, Kia, has in one fell swoop, gone from being under represented in this hugely important 3-row family utility market, to being the new benchmark in roominess, features, and technology that seasoned rivals now must aspire to,” says John Davis, MotorWeek creator and host. “Plus, it’s made in the U.S.A.”

“While in the Niro,” continued Davis, “we loved the fact that environmentally aware buyers can choose between Hybrid, PHEV, and full EV models. So, they can select an efficient powertrain that fits their lifestyle without giving up the Niro’s stellar and equally efficient interior packaging.”

All Drivers’ Choice Award winners are featured on Motorweek.org, and will appear on a special episode of MotorWeek airing on cable’s MotorTrend Network beginning February 18.