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2021 Kia Telluride: Consumer Reports Struggled To Find Any Flaws

Being the highest-rated vehicle in your class is not an easy task — especially when the judge is Consumer Reports. That is why the 2021 Kia Telluride getting both a recommendation and number one ranking in the midsize SUV class is no small feat.

Here are some reasons why Consumer Reports rated the 2021 Kia Telluride so highly and rates it better than every other midsize SUV in its class.

The 2021 Kia Telluride has so much to love

The 2021 Kia Telluride is truly one of the most exciting cars on the market. Kia’s biggest SUV comes standard with three rows and can comfortably seat up to eight passengers.

The 2021 Telluride is equipped with a 291 hp 3.8 Liter V6 engine capable of 5,000 pounds of towing. Furthermore, the 2021 Telluride comes standard with a variety of premium safety features, an 8.0-inch Touch-Screen display, a rear camera, and even smart cruise control.

According to Kia’s website, prices will start at $32,190 — a steal for the abundance of features that come standard on the 2021 Telluride.

What Consumer Reports loved about the this Kia SUV

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The 2021 Kia Telluride blew Consumer Reports away on the road test due to its refined driving experience, user-friendly features, functionality, and large amount of cargo space.

When it comes to how it drives, Consumer Reports loved the powerful and responsive V6 engine and its silky smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the suspension deals well with bumps on the road allowing for a smooth, quiet ride in the cabin. With fuel economy at an estimated 21 mpg overall (City 14 mpg// Hwy 30 mpg), the 2021 Telluride is respectable although not the highest among competitors in its class. 

When it comes to the interior, the reviewers thoroughly enjoyed the spacious, comfortable first, and second-row seats. The third-row seats are smaller, but will comfortably fit kids.

This in addition to the smooth, quiet cabin, impressive highway fuel economy, and ample cargo space makes it well suited for road trips and carpooling. The 2021 Telluride also comes with a very user-friendly infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play coming standard. 

When it comes to safety, the 2021 Telluride comes standards with forward collision warning, emergency braking, blind-spot warning, a rear-seat reminder for pets and children, and adaptive cruise control. The 2021 Telluride also aced all the IIHS and NHTSA crash and rollover tests- earning it a spot on the IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Where the 2021 Telluride falls behind competitors 

A feature that didn’t impress Consumer Reports during the road test was the agility of the 2021 Telluride due to its bulky size. This was noticed in the body lean on corners and a lot less responsive steering than its competitor the Mazda CX-9.

Furthermore, although the 2021 Telluride did ace all of its crash and rollover tests, the different trims only received “Poor” and “Acceptable” headlight ratings.

Another complaint from testers was that the button for the steering wheel heat was difficult to find. Overall, there wasn’t much at all to dislike about the 2021 Telluride. Other critics seem to echo this sentiment. U.S. News, for example, listed the only con as mediocre fuel-economy.

How Consumer Report rated the 2021 Kia Telluride 

The 2021 Telluride received stunningly high ratings from Consumer Reports — topping the list for Midsized SUVs. With a jaw-dropping 97/100 rating overall, the 2021 Telluride received full scores on predicted reliability, predicted owner satisfaction, transmission, braking, and climate system.

The 2021 Telluride received 4/5 ratings for almost every other category except for routine handling, third-row access, and third-row comfort. Consumer Reports was also particularly impressed with the 2021 Telluride’s value for money.

The 2021 Telluride was not only well-received at Consumer Reports, but also scored highly in ratings by EdmundsCar and Driver, and Kelly Blue Book. So if you’re looking for a safe and reliable midsized SUV, the 2021 Telluride might be the perfect vehicle for you.