Before the widespread use of the internet and Google became a verb, there was the Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. Things have changed, and we now speak into our smartphones for information rather than using a microfiche machine or card catalog at the library. The most important list has also changed, and two Kia SUVs have landed on the Car and Driver 10Best Trucks and SUVs for 2023.
Which Kia SUVs landed on this prestigious list
With fewer cars being sold, a shift toward electric vehicles, and the proliferation of SUVs, the list had to change. Car and Driver used to publish the list in a magazine sent to subscribers, which was the only place you could find this list. Today, this list is available online as soon as it’s published.
What criteria does Car and Driver use?
The trucks and SUVs on the 10Best list were selected from trucks, SUVs, and vans priced below $110,000. The C&D staff tested the vehicles, compared notes, and voted individually. The complete list is a result of the averaged scores.
Each winner on the list must lead its respective segment with refinement, practicality, and value. These vehicles do this without sacrificing satisfying performance and entertaining driving dynamics, which is a starting point for every model on the 10Best list.
Are there any electric Kia SUVs?
The 2023 Kia EV6 has quickly become the foundational electric SUV for the brand. The EV6 is a performance-based crossover with a refined drive that delivers impressive acceleration, style, and technology to make every drive an amazing experience. Kia delivers an 800-volt architecture for this electric SUV, something we don’t often see in mainstream models.
Consumers searching for an EV with family-friendly qualities can turn to the EV6. This electric SUV delivers 310 miles of driving range and a roomy cabin. It’s ideal for five passengers and lots of gear. For those who bend toward fun, Kia offers the GT model. This version provides 576 horsepower to silently rocket this EV to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
“The EV6 isn’t on our 10Best list because its quicker to 60 mph than a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500; it takes a spot because every EV6 trim level delivers a practical package and well-bred refinement and is blessed with a ride-and-handling balance that left us grinning.” – Car and Driver Editors
Is the 2023 Kia Telluride a good SUV?
Very few SUVs have hit the right notes as often as this Kia SUV. The 2023 Kia Telluride has found its way to the 10Best list from Car and Driver every year for the past four years. This incredible three-row midsize SUV continues to amaze and impress owners and reviews every day. The Telluride delivers a composed chassis with secure handling and a refined ride.
Power for the Telluride comes from a 3.8-liter V6 engine that churns out 291 horsepower. This engine mates perfectly with an 8-speed automatic transmission to provide smooth power delivery and effortless driving. The 2023 version brings off-road capability with standard hill-descent control and higher ground clearance in the X-Line and X-Pro trims.
“[The 2023 Kia Telluride is] a premium product in every way except the price, the Telluride takes a remarkable fourth straight 10Best win.” – Car and Driver Editors
These two impressive Kia SUVs deliver driving excellence in very different ways. The C& D team appreciates both approaches to making driving better. This is evidenced by these two SUVs landing on the 10Best Trucks and SUVs list for 2023.
Next, check out some of the cool upgrades to the Kia Telluride, or watch a crazy drag race with the Kia EV6 GT in the video below: