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The 2020 Kia Telluride was something special, wasn’t it? Far from just being the largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, the Telluride was quickly viewed as a lifestyle SUV, able to be personalized in many different ways. During the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Kia had five Telluride concepts on display, each modified for a different kind of adventure. After its release, the 2020 Kia Telluride went on to win many awards. It quickly rounded up the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and found its way onto a Car and Driver 10 Best list. The Telluride did the unthinkable, winning what automakers call the three most illustrious awards in the industry, and in the same year as its release no doubt! That little stunt earned the Telluride the “Triple Crown” of automotive awards, and back in 2020, the Telluride returns, landing on the Car and Driver 10 Best for 2021.
“We’re excited to include the Kia Telluride in Car and Driver’s 10Best for the second year in a row…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.” – Sharon Carty, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver
The Car and Driver 10 Best List is one of the big ones, as we previously mentioned, and every automaker hopes to land on it. Recognizing the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans on sale today, landing on the list for a second year just shows how amazing the Kia Telluride SUV is. Seriously, the Telluride was competing against 57 other vehicles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans to grab a spot as one of the ten best, and the SUV certainly earned its stripes as it were. Experts from Car and Driver made up the judging panel when it came to marking the competitors. Each vehicle was scored based on value, mission fulfillment, and road manners – yes, they were most likely driven as well, this isn’t a popularity contest. Eligible competitors included all-new or significantly updated vehicles with a starting MSRP below $90,000.
We can’t say we’re surprised by this. The Kia Telluride was a beloved vehicle the moment it was made available. Released in March 2019, Kia sold over 5000 Telluride units, making a tenth of the automaker’s total sales for that month (nearly 56k units sold), By the end of 2019, over 56,000 Kia Telluride units went home to happy consumers. When it comes to long-lasting quality, Kia Motors ranked as the highest non-luxury brand in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), and the Telluride was a segment winner of the 2020 J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™, alongside the Kia Stinger, another award-winning fan favorite.
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Is there anyone out there that doesn’t know how great the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV is by now? The largest SUV in the Kia Motors lineup, the Telluride wins awards every month it seems. Since its release in 2019, the Kia Telluride has become known as a hot SUV to own. Most recently in February 2020, the Kia Telluride won the 2020 MAMA Family Vehicle Award from the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). Moreover, the 2020 Kia Telluride is best known for winning the “Triple Crown” of Automotive Awards, getting in the good graces of MotorTrend, Car and Driver, and winning a category in the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. Even with the troubled times, the Kia Telluride will continue to be a winner, with its latest from leading publication Automobile.
“The fact the 2020 Kia Telluride impressed our test drivers so much is a testament to Kia’s execution of style, practicality and value…In an Automobile All-Stars field of contenders that included some of the best sports cars, luxury GTs and supercars on the market today, this three-row SUV still stood out easily as one of the best new cars of the year. Whether you’re talking about its exterior appearance, interior appointments, or the experience from behind the wheel or in one of the cushy passenger seats, it’s a winner in every way.” – Automobile editor-in-chief Mac Morrison
Another well-known publication in the world of automobiles, Automobile is an American automobile magazine, but has a twist. Unlike many other auto magazines and publications that post objective reviews about new vehicles, usually put through a series of instrumented tests to obtain all of their technical data, Automobile is written as if the consumers were behind the publication. Reviews of vehicles are subjective reports of how the cars operated in their naturally intended, real world environment, i.e. if a truck is meant to handle off-road conditions, then it’s going to be tested on some rocky roads.
By the end of 2019, we couldn’t get enough of the 2020 Kia Telluride, Kia Motors’ largest SUV in the total lineup. It seemed like every week the Kia Telluride was winning another award, and some were highly coveted. It takes a lot for a vehicle to end up on the “Best of” vehicle lists. Reviewers and automotive publications around the world all have their say, so when it comes to big names like MotorTrend and Car and Driver, we know that the vehicle is making a statement. That’s especially so when capturing one of the awards from the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards. The 2020 Kia Telluride made it on all three lists and won its awards. They call this feat the “Triple Crown” of Prestigious Automotive Awards.
Yes, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) to win the “Triple Crown” of the automotive industry’s most prestigious awards – the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year (NACTOY); MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and landing on a Car and Driver 10 Best list. Capturing the three most illustrious awards in the automotive industry in the same year as its release is unheard of, but the Telluride was popular from day one. When the Kia Telluride was announced as a NACTOY finalist in December, we didn’t want to get our hopes up, but once again it smashes the competition.
MotorTrend heralded the 2020 Kia Telluride for its undeniable success, spearheading Kia Motors sales in March 2019 when it was first released, and selling more than 45,000 units by the end of the year. A judging panel evaluated vehicles on six key criteria – safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of the intended function. The Kia Telluride won them all with its sharp style, a great starting price ($31,690 plus destination fee), and an assortment of advanced automatic safety features that come standard.
Landing on the Car and Driver 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list is no easy feat. After getting a good look at the Kia Telluride, its design, equipment, performance, and road manners, Car and Driver put it up against the rest of the competition. Winning vehicles were judged on their value, driving dynamics, and mission fulfillment. If the mission was to crush the competition, then the 2020 Kia Telluride nailed it.
Finally, the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. Just as much as an honor as any other, the NACTOY award is pretty high up there. Winning an award for 2020 is a first-time honor for the Kia brand but is one drop in the bucket of the amount of awards has received from major consumer and enthusiast publications since the three-row SUV appeared in dealerships. Still, after months of deliberation, test drives, comparisons, and other evaluations the Telluride was victorious over a selection of 12 semi-finalists and three finalists in the utility vehicle category. Offering the smooth ride and the rich interior of a luxury vehicle without the luxury price, it’s no wonder nearly 60,000 Tellurides have been sold-to-date (January 15, 2020), and dealerships can’t keep with the increasing demand.
“We are immensely proud of Telluride capturing North American Utility of the Year…It solidifies years of effort on behalf of every Kia employee to build vehicles consumers desire and industry experts value. Winning the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year is an honor that marks Kia’s arrival in the top tier of the world’s automotive manufacturers.” – Sean Yoon, CEO of Kia Motors North America
What are you waiting for? Supplies are limited. Contact us at Miami Lakes Automall Kia for a test drive about the 2020 Kia Telluride today.