Lately, it seems all automotive news is circling around the 2020 Kia Telluride, and who could blame it? The 2020 Kia Telluride is not only the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, but it’s also won many awards since its release. By the end of 2019, the Kia Telluride won the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards, named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. Recently, it won, the MAMA “Family Vehicle of the Year” award. With all this news, some may have forgotten the hybrid crossover that surprised millions when it came out – yeah, it started the Kia Niro lineup (gas, hybrid, and electric). MotorWeek hasn’t forgotten though, because the Kia Niro and the Kia Telluride won during the 2019 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards.
The 2020 Chicago Auto Show came and went over a single weekend, with reporters and the press getting behind closed doors earlier on in the week. Although a single weekend isn’t a lot of time, it was a great chance for many automakers to show off their latest concepts and updated vehicles. Kia Motors was there to show off the new 2020 Kia Cadenza, and boy does it look amazing. During the 2020 Chicago Auto Show MotorWeek was also there to run its awards show, and the Kia Niro won in the “Best Eco-Friendly” category and Kia Telluride won out in the “Best Large Utility” category. Large Utility vehicle? Well, it is getting an off-road trim soon – an off-road Kia Telluride SUV, how nuts is that? Watch out, Jeep®.
For those who may not be automotive enthusiasts outside of car shopping, MotorWeek is television’s longest running automotive magazine that eventually turned into a TV show. MotorWeek is one publication and TV show that covers everything automotive. We’re talking road tests; vehicle comparisons, fuel-efficient options, consumer-focused automotive news, coverage of new automotive technology and features; consumer-focused reviews; and Do-It-Yourself tips for average car care. Running for nearly 40 years, every year, MotorWeek takes a break from its current season on television starts letting consumers know their number one picks during an award show. The 2019 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards is one of those award shows, and to think the Kia Telluride SUV and Kia Niro crossover stood out among the rest.
“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…Plus, it’s made in the U.S.A….While in the Niro, 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.” – John Davis, MotorWeek creator and host
Looking for the full list of winners? All Drivers’ Choice Award winners have been uploaded on Motorweek.org, and the full list will also appear on a special episode of MotorWeek (#3923) airing on public television stations starting February 8, 2020. Or, catch it on cable’s MotorTrend Network beginning February 18, 2020. Or, catch a ride with the Kia Niro or the Kia Telluride at Miami Lakes Automall Kia.