11/20/19 ID: 15740

Kia’s Flagship SUV Wins Best New Model and Best 3-Row Midsize SUV

  • Telluride’s style, driving experience, innovation and value helped make it a dual winner
  • Prestigious award recognizes the top new model-year vehicles available in the U.S. market across 17 categories

IRVINE, Calif., November 20, 2019 – The Kia Telluride has been named a winner in two categories of Kelley Blue Book’s 2020 Best Buy Awards. Kia’s big and bold utility vehicle earned the top spot in both the Best New Model and 3-Row Midsize SUV segments after a yearlong process of head-to-head testing, evaluation and data analysis of hundreds of 2020 model-year vehicles.

“With more than 45,000 units sold since the Telluride’s launch earlier this year, our largest SUV ever has been on a winning streak, impressing journalists and consumers alike with its quality and value,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America. “We know that today’s buyers put their trust in the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards and are honored to be recognized for giving it everything to bring the Telluride to life.”

Imagined, designed and assembled in the U.S., the Telluride delivers a confidence-inspiring driving experience that opens the door to exploration. With a boxy exterior that is complemented by luxurious interior accents such as available Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery and an available heated steering wheel, Kia’s mid-size SUV offers comfort, utility and convenience that will excite both drivers and passengers. For the 2020 model year, the Telluride can be outfitted with an array of advanced technology and safety systems1 including standard Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist Rear, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Occupant Alert2, Driver Talk, Quiet Mode and more.

“The Telluride impressed everyone on the editorial team with its eye-catching styling, notable driving dynamics, all-inclusive list of standard features, and well-integrated safety technology,” said Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book. “Even more striking is the crossover’s extremely attractive price, which alludes that ‘value’ is the Telluride’s middle name.”

To select the winners of the Best Buy Awards, Kelley Blue Book evaluated more than 300 new models available for 2020, with a specific emphasis on the best combination of quality, safety, comfort, driving dynamics, dependability, low ownership costs and affordability. As part of their decision-making process, Kelley Blue Book’s experts also analyze a wide array of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing, 5-Year Cost to Own data, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information. These prestigious awards provide a helpful service by allowing shoppers to narrow their new-car consideration list and purchase a new vehicle with confidence.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest ranked mass market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power**, and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand.  Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

** Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

1 These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

2 Rear Occupant Alert is not a substitute for one’s attention and may not detect all movement within the vehicle. Always check the vehicle interior when exiting the vehicle.

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