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2020 Kia Telluride: The Best SUV | Edmunds Top Rated 2020

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The 2020 Kia Telluride won Best SUV in the 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Awards for its comprehensive performance. The Telluride's interior size, price and multifaceted capabilities make it a smart family SUV. But it's the premium look and feel that truly separates it from the pack. Put simply, it's the best SUV.

Kia Telluride Review:

Kia has thoughtfully executed just about every aspect of the vehicle. It drives well, has plenty of utility and pleasant passenger space, and offers up just about all the features we expect from this class of vehicle. In higher trim levels, it becomes an even more appealing near-luxury choice, delivering a premium experience. If you're shopping for a three-row crossover SUV, Kia's new Telluride is one of the top models to check out.

Overall, the Kia Telluride is a satisfying SUV to drive. In Edmunds testing, the SUV sprinted from 0 to 60 mph time in 7.5 seconds, which is an average time for this type of vehicle. Still, the V6 feels able and responsive. The brakes are strong and easy to judge, returning a 60-0 mph stopping distance of 120 feet. That result is among the best in its class.

The steering is light at parking-lot speeds and weights up naturally in turns. The Telluride is stable when going around turns and doesn't exhibit excessive body roll. We also like that the engine's fuel-saving stop-start feature works smoothly and quietly and that the transmission responds quickly when you need a downshift.

The Telluride is quite comfortable. The seats are supportive and nicely contoured, with almost pillow-like headrests. Noise is incredibly well handled, making for a luxury-car-quiet interior even at freeway speeds. Engine noise is present, but it's never unpleasant or intrusive. For a three-row SUV, the Telluride is generally smooth-riding, although it can get a little rough over uneven pavement.

The Telluride offers a very roomy and upscale-feeling cabin with easy access to all three rows. Passenger space is excellent in both the second and third rows. The space feels more open thanks in part to the abundance of large windows. Only front-passenger knee room is a little tight.

All Tellurides come with numerous collision avoidance and mitigation systems as well as adaptive cruise control that operates down to a stop. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard, and numerous USB ports are spread across all three rows, although only one can transmit data. The optional wider infotainment screen (EX and up) looks sharp, and it comes with navigation that offers several useful features.

It seems like Kia went hard for a "baby Land Rover" feel, and it nailed it without the Telluride coming across as a knockoff. It's bargain luxury in a good way, and the Telluride's space, design and driving experience are a step above competitors.

See our full review: https://www.edmunds.com/kia/telluride/2020/

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