Kia Telluride Bags All-Star Award

Gail Alcabaza

Kia is no stranger to receiving accolades, creating some of the most reliable, most efficient, and most versatile vehicles in the industry.

The 2020 Kia Telluride add another feather to the cap after winning an award at the Automobile All-Stars, an annual evaluation held by Automobile, to determine the best new vehicles of the year. 

This year's event invited 21 vehicles across various segments to compete head to head, each one considered among the "most interesting new or significantly revised" offerings available to consumers.

Only eight of the 21 vehicles were named "All-Stars," and one of them is the Kia Telluride.

Telluride

"The Telluride being named an All-Star by Automobile is an honor for the Kia brand and extends our popular SUV's impressive marathon run of significant accolades," said Michael Cole, president of Kia Motors America. "It is further validation that our eight-passenger SUV delivers on its promise of world-class design, quality and engineering to our customers."

The Telluride is the first ever SUV to claim the "Triple Crown" of the auto industry's most prestigious honors: the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year from North American Car of the Year, MotorTrend SUV of the Year, and a Car and Driver 10 Best.

 

Telluride

"The fact the 2020 Kia Telluride impressed our test drivers so much is a testament to Kia's execution of style, practicality and value," said Automobile editor-in-chief Mac Morrison. "In an Automobile All-Stars field of contenders that included some of the best sports cars, luxury GTs and supercars on the market today, this three-row SUV still stood out easily as one of the best new cars of the year. Whether you're talking about its exterior appearance, interior appointments, or the experience from behind the wheel or in one of the cushy passenger seats, it's a winner in every way."

Telluride

Along with being one of Kia Motors America’s best selling vehicles, the Telluride also collected the most awards within its first year on the market in the entire history of Kia. Since its release in early 2019, more than 70,000 Tellurides have been sold, and the demand doesn’t seem to be dwindling.

 

Technical Specs (top of the line SX variant)

Powertrain

3.8 liter Lambda DOHC engine (291 hp and 355 Nm of torque)

Electronically Controlled 8 Seed Automatic Transmission

Exterior

Dual Sunroofs (1st and 2nd row)

LED Headlights, Taillights, DRL, and Foglamps

20 inch Black Alloy Sport Wheels

Automatic Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Privacy Glass

Smart Power Liftgate™

 

Interior

7 Passenger Capacity w/ 2nd Row Captain Chairs

Leather Upholstery

Harman/Kardon® 10 Speaker Premium Audio

10.25 inch Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation and Highway Drive Assist

Wireless Charging dock

 

Safety Tech Features

Auto Emergency Braking & Warning

Blind Spot Detection Technology

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Avoidance

Lane Keeping & Lane Following

Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

Rear Occupant Alert (ultrasonic sensors)

 

Color Options

Dark Moss

Snow White Pearl

Everlasting Silver

Gravity Grey

Ebony Black

Black Copper

The 2020 Kia Telluride starts at $31,890 (Php 1.6 million) for the base LX model, $34,290 (Php 1.7 million) for the Telluride S, $37,290 (Php 1.9 million) for the Telluride EX model, and at $41,790 (Php 2.1 million) for the top of the line SX variant. Although the Telluride isn’t available in the Philippines, you can get its sibling instead, the Hyundai Palisade.

 

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