The Kia Telluride is a midsize SUV that has been making waves in the automotive market since its debut in 2019. It offers a spacious and luxurious cabin, a powerful and smooth V6 engine, a long list of standard and available features, and a handsome and rugged exterior design. The Telluride has also earned numerous accolades and awards from various critics and consumers, including the prestigious North American Utility Vehicle of the Year in 2020.
One of the latest honors that Telluride has received is the Family Vehicle of the Year award from the Hispanic Motor Press. This organization, founded in 2010, aims to provide unbiased and independent reviews of new vehicles for the Hispanic community in the United States. The Hispanic Motor Press Awards are determined by a panel of 24 judges, who evaluate the vehicles based on their design, comfort, safety, economy, performance, functionality, infotainment, and value.
Why the Telluride Won the Family Vehicle of the Year Award
According to the Hispanic Motor Press, Telluride stood out among its competitors for its ability to meet the needs and preferences of Hispanic families. The judges praised the Telluride for its generous interior space, which can accommodate up to eight passengers and their cargo. They also appreciated Telluride’s high-quality materials, such as leather upholstery, wood trim, and metal accents, that create a premium and comfortable ambiance.
The Telluride also impressed the judges with its advanced technology and safety features, which enhance the convenience and confidence of the driver and passengers. The Telluride comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, and six USB ports. It also offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a head-up display, a Harman Kardon sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system as options. The Telluride also boasts a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance features, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a surround-view camera.
The Telluride also delivers a satisfying driving experience, thanks to its 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and responsively. The Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is useful for hauling trailers, boats, or other recreational equipment. The Telluride also offers a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as four drive modes (Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Smart) and two terrain modes (Snow and AWD Lock) that adjust the performance and handling according to the road conditions.
The Telluride also offers a competitive price, starting at $32,790 for the base LX trim and going up to $42,690 for the top-of-the-line SX trim. The Telluride also comes with a generous warranty, covering the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles and the basic vehicle for five years or 60,000 miles.