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The 2020 Kia Telluride has won plenty of awards. Not only has it been tapped as the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year, but it’s also won the “Triple Crown” of the automotive industry’s most prestigious accolades: 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year; MotorTrend SUV of the Year; and is a Car and Driver 10 Best. As if that wasn’t enough, Popular Mechanics announced this week that the 2020 Kia Telluride scored Popular Mechanics’ ‘Family Car of the Year’ award.

2020 Kia Telluride on the street
2020 Kia Telluride | Kia

How Popular Mechanics made its picks

Over the course of the year, Popular Mechanics got behind the wheels of a slew of SUVs, sedans, trucks, wagons, sports cars, and vans. Each vehicle was put to the test on a variety of terrains, whether that meant hitting city streets or conquering rutted forest roads. 

Popular Mechanics didn’t just base its list off several test drives. The team also cross-referenced its driving experiences with data from sources like Car & Driver, J.D. Power, Edmunds, and Consumer Reports. 

In the end, the 2020 Kia Telluride scored Popular Mechanics’ ‘Family Car of the Year’ award. From its third-row of seating to its “harmonious blend of comfort, capability, and accessibility,” this year’s Telluride left a lasting impression on the Popular Mechanics team.

What Popular Mechanics had to say

Popular Mechanics had a lot to say about the 2020 Kia Telluride. Its first experience behind the wheel of this family-oriented SUV included taking it to North Carolina’s Uwharrie National Forest where it was able to “get up and over steep berms.”

But what is it that makes the 2020 Kia Telluride a great SUV for families? Popular Mechanics called out the Telluride’s third row of seating along with its wealth of cargo space. Popular Mechanics also swooned over the Telluride’s many tech-savvy features, including its USB ports for backseat passengers.

Another thing Popular Mechanics says the 2020 Kia Telluride has going for it? Its price. This year’s model comes accompanied by a base price of $31,890. Included in that base price is Kia’s industry-leading 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty too. 

Is the 2020 Kia Telluride all it’s cracked up to be?


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Popular Mechanics isn’t the only one that’s fallen head over heels for the 2020 Kia Telluride. There are plenty of other magazines and online outlets that have found themselves fawning over this SUV. But is it really as good as everyone says it is?

When it comes to safety, the answer is yes. If you’re shopping for a new family hauler, the 2020 Kia Telluride will be sure to inspire confidence at every turn. Not only is it available with a slew of advanced technology and driver-assistance systems, but it’s also been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a Top Safety Pick. 

The 2020 Kia Telluride has proven itself to be a reliable three-row SUV too. It not only earned itself a four out of five predicted reliability score from Consumer Reports, but J.D. Power also gave it a ‘Great’ quality and reliability rating.

And if that’s not enough to convince you? According to Consumer Reports, 90% of Kia Telluride owners liked the SUV so much that they would even go so far as to buy it again.

Is this award-winning family hauler the right pick for your brood?

There’s no denying that the 2020 Kia Telluride is a quintessential family hauler. It’s as spacious as it is safe, and it’s pretty spacious. It’s also competitively priced, ranks well in terms of reliability, and has a ton of awards to its name. Overall, if you’re in the market for a new family hauler, you really can’t go wrong with this year’s Telluride.