Car and Driver 10 Best Trucks and SUVs

Car and Driver 10 Best Trucks and SUVs

From the January 2024 issue of Car and driver.

We’ve been singing the Kia Telluride’s praises for years. We have officially moved past the infatuation stage, have now moved in together and are happily living together. And we mean that literally: Since this sleek and practical SUV started winning multiple Top 10 awards, Car and driver Staff have parked Tellurides in their personal garage, most recently our road test editor, Becca Hackett, last summer.

The Telluride competes in the three-row midsize SUV segment, but it’s so pretty that it seems to completely outshine its competitive pack. No matter what type of SUV you’re looking for, you really can’t go wrong with the Telluride.

If you’re looking at the higher trims, some of which barely exceed $50,000 even with all the good stuff, they’re as luxurious inside as many premium brand cars. Unless you’re a fan of the badge, who needs a luxury SUV? Meanwhile, the Telluride’s lower trim levels, which start at under $40,000, are affordable enough to be in the same price bracket as many smaller crossovers. Why buy a compact car when you can have this spacious mid-size car with room to stretch out in all three rows?

“If you don’t believe us, just know that ‘Sir Charles’ Barkley could probably buy anything and choose to drive a Telluride.” -KC Colwell

Agile and smartly designed, the Telluride looks just right. It handles the riding motions beautifully, and the naturally aspirated V-6 and eight-speed automatic make such good partners that you barely notice them going about their business. The interior features controls that are logically organized, and the high-performance infotainment system and gauge displays are neither overwhelming nor distracting. The exterior design also ages elegantly, with strong lines and upscale details that give it just the right amount of road presence without being overly flashy.

Granted, after five model years, some competitors have more new features than the Telluride and offer more powerful or efficient engines. For example, there’s still no hybrid variant, which is a notable omission from the lineup. But the Telluride is so fun and well-rounded that we still recommend it to anyone who will listen. After all, many of us took the same advice. When you have a product with as basic appeal as the Telluride, there’s no need for pretenses or gimmicks. The Kia Telluride sells the same.

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Kia Telluride 2024
3.8-liter V6 engine, 291 horsepower, 8-speed automatic
Base: $37,355 – $39,355

grandfather Test results (four-wheel drive)
60 mph: 6.7 seconds
1/4 mile: 15.1 seconds at 93 mph
maximum speed (grandfather EDT): 135 mph
Braking, 0-70 mph: 175 ft
Road Grip, 300′ Ski Pad: 0.81 g
EPA Combo/City/Highway: 20–22/18–20/24–26 mpg

Shot by Joey Caparella

Senior editor

Despite growing up on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.

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