There is no denying that the Kia Telluride is one of the best-midsized SUVs available. However, a safe SUV has to offer more than just excellent standard equipment. As a result, the Kia Telluride has to excel in emergency handling scenarios as well. To test this, Consumer Reports conducted a braking test to see which of the midsized SUVs offers the best braking performance. The winner of this test will not surprise you.
How did the 2021 Kia Telluride perform in this safety test?
The Consumer Reports test in question involves measuring the stopping distance of various SUVs from 60-0 mph. On average, midsized SUVs typically take around 134 ft to come to a complete stop. However, the Kia Telluride excelled by coming to a full stop in just 127 ft. As a result, this Kia SUV will perform better than its competitors in an emergency braking situation.
While this Kia Telluride win may seem like a simple case of an SUV with big brakes, there is much more to it. According to Consumer Reports, the tire choice selected by the manufacturer plays a significant role. This is because some carmakers trade-off sticker tires for ones that are more fuel-efficient. The result is that fuel-efficient tires often offer less grip and, as a result, take longer to come to a complete stop.
Despite this, the Kia Telluride manages to ace this safety test while providing fuel-efficiency figures of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
How did its competitors stack up?
Now that we know that the Kia Telluride aced this test let’s look at how some of its major competitors performed. The two other fastest-stopping SUVs are the Ford Edge and the Subaru Ascent, taking just 129 ft to come to a complete stop each. Despite falling short of beating the Kia Telluride, both SUVs managed to beat the average distance by a considerable margin.
From there, we’ve got some of the SUVs that took the longest to stop. In this test, two of the worst SUVs were the Toyota Highlander and Venza, taking 141 ft and 137 ft to stop, respectively. The Mazda CX-9 also took more than the average distance to stop, finishing the test at 139 ft. However, the worst performer out of all the midsized SUVs tested was, without a doubt, the Jeep Wrangler. This is because the Wrangler took 144 ft to stop, or 17 ft more than the Kia Telluride.
While the Wrangler’s results aren’t exactly confidence inspiring, it is worth pointing out that it is an off-roading SUV. As a result, a tire designed for off-road use could severely alter these results.
What other Consumer Reports tests did the Telluride excel in?
Aside from acing this important braking safety test, the Kia Telluride managed to impress in other key areas. According to Consumer Reports, the Telluride offers excellent acceleration, ride comfort, emergency handling, and even a quiet cabin. Additionally, the SUV received excellent road test, predicted reliability, and predicted owner satisfaction scores. As a result, it is no wonder why Consumer Reports ranked it as the best brand-new midsized SUV available.