What’s Behind the 2021 Kia Telluride’s Almost Perfect Consumer Reports Road Test Score?

The 2021 Kia Telluride is a Consumer Reports-recommended SUV with a nearly perfect road test score. It boasts quick acceleration, a fantastic transmission score, and perfect brakes. Let’s delve into the 2021 Kia Telluride ratings to see what makes it a great buy. 

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The 2021 Kia Telluride ratings are excellent across the board

Consumer Reports tests vehicles at its enormous Connecticut facility. They purchase the cars so that there’s no question about bias or whether car manufacturers are giving them sound vehicles that don’t represent the model as a whole. Consumer Reports conducts tests such as emergency handling, braking, acceleration, and transmission. 

Consumer Reports also considers comfort. It takes into account the ride, noise, and front and rear seat comfort. The interior fit and finish as well as trunk/cargo area are also factors.

The Telluride is quick for a three-row SUV. Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Kia Telluride a 4/5 for its acceleration. It takes 7.2 seconds to go from 0 to 60. Additionally, its transmission scores a 5/5. Although routine handling is a 3/5, emergency handling gets a very good 4/5. The Kia Telluride’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph, which means it can still avoid an accident when traveling at 54 mph. 

On top of all of those ratings, the 2021 Kia Telluride gets a perfect 5/5 for its braking. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 127 feet and 133 feet on wet pavement. The Telluride’s headlights score an excellent  4/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Kia Telluride gets a fantastic 4/5 for its ride, as well as for noise. Front-seat comfort is very good, at a 4/5. Rear seat comfort gets a fantastic 5/5. Third-row comfort is only a 1/5. Interior fit and finish get a very good 4/5. The trunk and cargo space also score a 4/5, with 47.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The 2021 Kia Telluride comes with a whole bunch of safety features

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. These include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking at city and highway speeds, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Consumer Reports also says that pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are important to have. Rearview cameras are standard in all new cars. You should also look for anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights.

The 2021 Kia Telluride comes standard with everything that Consumer Reports recommends – except for automatic emergency braking for the highway, which isn’t available at all. 

Both the IIHS and NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Kia Telluride. The IIHS gives it all good ratings. The NHTSA gives it five stars for everything except for the overall frontal-crash, overall frontal-crash on the driver side as well as passenger side, and the rollover rating. Each of these gets four stars. 

The 2021 Kia Telluride gets a perfect reliability rating

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Kia Telluride a perfect 5/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2020 also had an excellent reliability rating, with no problem areas. The power equipment in the 2020 did get 4/5, though everything else is 5/5.

The Telluride gets a perfect predicted owner satisfaction score, at a 5/5. The driving experience gets an 86, while comfort gets a 93. Styling gets a 91, and value is a 70. 91% of people would buy the 2021 Kia Telluride again, which is more than any other SUV in its category.

The 2021 Kia Telluride is an all-around solid SUV. If you’re in the market for a three-row SUV, the Telluride is a great choice. Its almost-perfect road-test score is a perfect demonstration of that.

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