Consumer Reports’ annual Top 10 list is an excellent place to start shopping for your next vehicle. It allows you to quickly determine which vehicle drives well and is expected to be extremely reliable. While some of the vehicles that appear on the top of this year’s list are a surprise, no one is surprised to see that the 2021 Kia Telluride continues to dominate the midsized SUVs with a third-row category.
The appeal of the 2021 Kia Telluride
In their review of the 2021 Kia Telluride, CNET refers to the SUV as an “automotive all-star.” They go on to say that, “With driving refinement and interior appointments that wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury car, handsome styling and plenty of versatility, this three-row hauler is easily one of the segment’s best.” It’s a description that perfectly suits the Telluride.
One of the reasons the Telluride triggers such rave reviews is because Kia spared no expense when designing and building the interior. Nearly all the buttons and surfaces are covered in the softest of plastic that both looks and feels fantastic.
The instrument panel is laid out in such a way that it looks attractive and that everything is within easy reach. The easy-to-use layout doesn’t just make your driving experience more enjoyable, but it also makes your commute safer since you’re not fumbling for the controls or constantly taking your eyes off the road so you can see what button you’re pushing.
In terms of seating and cargo space, Car and Driver states that the 2021 Kia Telluride is ideal, “for those who need to haul a family and look right, the Telluride is a terrific and affordable choice.”
What makes the 2021 Telluride such a solid choice for families is the third-row seating. Unlike some other third-row seat SUVs in this class, the Telluride’s third row is designed in such a way that passengers actually have enough space to be comfortable. The 21 cubic feet behind the last row of seats means the Telluride gives you plenty of cargo space for groceries, luggage, and pet supplies.
The 2021 Kia Telluride is equipped with a V6 engine that provides the vehicle with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. If you purchase a Telluride that’s designed with front-wheel drive, you can expect to get 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That changes to 19 mpg city and 24 mpg for the all-wheel-drive versions of the Telluride.
The Kia Telluride is once again in the Top 10
Consumers Reports recently released their 2021 List of the Top 10 vehicles. No one should have been surprised to see that the Kia Telluride was listed as the best vehicle in the current crop of Midsize Three-Row SUVs.
“Last year the Telluride became the new benchmark for three-row SUVs, thanks to its thoughtful, no-compromise design,” Consumers Reports wrote. “Now in its second year on the Top Picks list, it still dominates this popular segment with a stellar road test and Overall Score. And surveys show that owners love it. This isn’t a model that thrives on flash. Instead, it stands out by being highly competent in almost every way.
How Consumer Reports scored the 2021 Telluride
Consumer Reports didn’t just place the Telluride on the Top Cars List for 2021, they awarded the vehicle an extremely impressive overall score of 96 out of 100. The second-place vehicle in the category, the Hyundai Palisade, only scored an 84. The Telluride earned a perfect five out of five for both consumer satisfaction and predicted reliability. It scored a 97 out of 100.
Based on how Consumer Reports scored the Telluride, if you’re in the market for a midsized SUV, you should stop in at your local Kia dealership.