Kia Telluride and Kia EV6 Land on Car and Driver 10Best List

January 18th, 2023 by


Ever since the Kia EV6 was released, it has been a true winner. Just last week (January 2023), we got the results of the 2023 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ Awards, and the all-electric EV6 won the 2023 NACTOY title of North American Utility Vehicle of the Year ™. Now that’s a pretty big deal. Know what else is a big deal? The prestigious Car and Driver 10Best list. Only the best vehicles out there will ever land on this list, and during its first North American model year release, the EV6 not only was considered, but also made it onto the Car and Driver 10Best list with the Kia Telluride .

“This record-setting, fourth 10Best Award win for Telluride in as many years is evidence that Kia has a core competence in developing class-leading SUVs, and the 10Best Award for the all-electric EV6 burnishes that reputation…Between the Telluride and the EV6, Kia has the spectrum of crossovers and SUVs covered for all types of driving enthusiasts.” – Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America

Wow, landing on such a highly sought after list every year for four years-in-a-row is such an accomplishment. Just to be considered for entry into the competition, a vehicle must be either a new model or a significantly refreshed model. For 2023, vehicles over $110,000 were excluded, so don’t worry about breaking the bank if any of the winners catch your attention. We wouldn’t blame anyone, since the picks for 10Best are said to be the most advanced and engaging vehicles on the market. Car and Driver was no push over, and had multiple factors that would add to a vehicle’s score on a 100-point scale. Each car needed to demonstrate increased driving engagement, offer a fair value, and/or have practical use, and fulfill its mission better than any of its peers in this this competition.

The Kia Telluride came out several years ago, so we wouldn’t call it “new”, but the model did receive a refresh for the 2023 model year, revealed during the New York International Auto Show on April 13, 2022. In addition to revealing X-Line and X-Pro trims for a more rugged and sporty look, the enhanced style spreads to the rest of the lineup, adding an available smart power lift gate with auto-close functionality; plus a new grille, headlights, and a front bumper that came with a new design that also says this SUV is “capable” of more than just riding on pavement. Inside, the new Telluride came a 12.3-inch instrument panel and new advanced driver-assist features to keep the driver and passengers more secure in their everyday driving. The 2023 Kia Telluride starts at $35,890 (plus destination fee).

The Kia EV6 is our secret love, all for the electrification of the auto industry and seeing digital cabins run by an actual operating system. Currently rooting for Google, seeing as how Amazon has its hands in Stellantis pockets. Continuing to rise in popularity in the U.S., the automaker has always been upfront with electric variations, such as the (now discontinued) Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid , the first hybrid crossover Kia Niro , followed by the Kia Niro Plug-in and Kia Niro EV , the Kia Soul EV probably has the longest run out of any of these, and of course the recent entries of the Kia Sorento Hybrid , Kia Sorento PHEV , Kia Sportage Hybrid , and Kia Sportage PHEV . The EV6 is the most recent in a long line of planned EVs for the lineup, with the Kia EV9 just around the corner, an all-electric SUV based off of the one-and-only Telluride. Offering performance, ultra-fast DC charging compatibility, an onboard power generator, a wide collection of advanced driver assistance systems, and a new level of connectivity features, the Kia EV6 is the electric crossover/hatchback to get. Find your award-winning Kia Telluride or new Kia EV6 at Miami Lakes Automall .

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