Consumer Reports Calls the Kia Telluride the Worst New Car Deal

Consumer Reports is not impressed with the Kia Telluride‘s price hike. It called this popular SUV the worst deal of all current new cars. The designation isn’t because the SUV lacks features or fails to deliver. It’s because demand has driven prices higher than the publication can endorse.

AN orange Kia Telluride on display
Kia Telluride | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

This family-friendly SUV has a smooth, quiet ride and a spacious interior. The third row is much larger than rivals, comfortably seating adults. Rear climate controls and a total of five charging USB ports keep passengers comfortable and connected. Conveniences like a power liftgate and keyless entry add an extra layer of luxury to this high-end SUV.

Simulated leather seating looks more expensive than it is. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a USB media port keep the Telluride on par with competitor’s interior tech. Advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert make this a smart safety choice.

Kia hit a grand slam with the Telluride. This third-row SUV is wildly popular and shows no signs of slowing down. In 2020 Kia reported the best retail sales year in the company’s history. This record year was, in part, because of Telluride sales.

Consumer Reports is not impressed with recent price hikes

Consumer Reports compiled a list of the wort deals on new cars in the current market. The worst value by price is the Kia Telluride at more than 19% over MSRP. These high prices didn’t come out of nowhere. Supply chain interruptions and inflation have been driving car prices through the roof.

Outside of its price, Consumer Reports loves the Telluride as much as buyers. The publication gave the SUV an overall rating of 96, which earned it Consumer Reports’ coveted recommendation. It scored a 97 on the publication’s road test.

The Telluride’s greenhouse gas and smog ratings are less than impressive. Its EPA estimated combined fuel economy of 21 mpg does little to motivate buyers. Owner satisfaction for the Telluride is high, but it might be worth it to compromise for a cheaper option.

So what’s the best deal on a new SUV?

A silver Buick Encore SUV on display
Buick Encore | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

The current automotive market does not favor buyers. Prices are sky-high, and supply is at rock-bottom. It’s not all bad news. There are still deals out there for careful shoppers. As such, Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best deals on new cars this year. At the top of the list was the 2021 Buick Encore.

This SUV is currently available up to 17% off MSRP, including $3,350 cashback through January 3. The Encore has a five-star predicted reliability rating and earned a Consumer Reports recommendation. Unlike the Kia Telluride, the Buick Encore has no open recalls.

This subcompact SUV is smaller than the Honda CR-V. Ironically, owner satisfaction scores suffered in the value category. Buyers did not feel they had gotten what they paid for. The cramped interior and lack of power contribute to the impression that the Encore isn’t worth the price.

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