We love quarter-mile time, spectacular skidpad g’s, and the visceral thrill of a rev-matched downshift. But we additionally know that most individuals, more often than not, are simply inching alongside within the dropoff line in school or slogging from stoplight to stoplight in a endless collection of errands. As immediately’s household automotive of alternative, three-row SUVs are sentenced to stay out a lot of their days doing simply this sort of obligation, together with highway journeys, automotive swimming pools, and the occasional crosstown transfer. It may be grindingly mundane, however because the Kia Telluride proves, your three-row SUV would not must be.

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While the Telluride is not prone to discover itself uncoiling the Tail of the Dragon, its diploma of polish, well-considered design, stage of apparatus, and simply plain niceness elevate the on a regular basis. Its 291-hp 3.8-liter V-6 murmurs contentedly from past the firewall, the engine’s linear response combining with the eight-speed computerized’s demure gearchanges to supply easy thrust. Its composed chassis is expertly tuned to the duty at hand. And should you care to stay a few of that SUV dream life, the Telluride acquits itself capably off-road—extra so this 12 months with the arrival of normal hill-descent management and barely increased floor clearance for the X-Line and X-Pro trims.

When we had a 2020 Telluride for a 40,000-mile test, we stated, “Kia has constructed a Range Rover for the center class.” We do not simply imply by way of exterior fashion, inside execution, or an arm-long checklist of options, though the Telluride excels in all of these areas. We imply that the Telluride general is known as a class above. That’s how this Kia grabbed our consideration regardless of being mired in what needs to be a forgettable area—and it is what has earned the Telluride a exceptional fourth-straight 10Best win.

The Telluride’s runaway gross sales success (and consumers’ demonstrated willingness to pay egregious seller markups) has given Kia the inexperienced mild to raise prices, and it has. As a outcome, the Telluride is not the screaming cut price it was when it first appeared. But it nonetheless strikes us as worth. It’s simply that now the key is out.

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