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Kia Telluride Wins 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

DETROIT, Mich., January 13, 2020 — Today, the Kia Telluride was named 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ by the distinguished North American Car of the Year jury (NACTOY).1 This first-time honor for the Kia brand caps an unprecedented number of awards for Kia’s three-row SUV from major consumer and enthusiast publications since the Telluride appeared in dealerships early last year.

“We are immensely proud of Telluride capturing North American Utility of the Year™,” said Sean Yoon, CEO of Kia Motors North America. “It solidifies years of effort on behalf of every Kia employee to build vehicles consumers desire and industry experts value. Winning the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ is an honor that marks Kia’s arrival in the top tier of the world’s automotive manufacturers.”

NACTOY jurors voted Telluride number one after spending months of deliberation, including test drives, comparisons and other evaluations. To be eligible, vehicles must be all-new or substantially new and must be available at dealerships close to the announcement of the awards. The Telluride prevailed over a field of 12 semi-finalists and three finalists in the utility category.

“The Kia Telluride makes owning an SUV look cool while offering the smooth ride and rich interior of a luxury vehicle without the luxury price,” said Kirk Bell, NACTOY secretary-treasurer.

The Telluride continues to be one of Kia Motors America’s best-selling vehicles. Since going on sale, nearly 60,000 Tellurides have been sold and demand continues to outpace supply. Conceived, designed, developed, and assembled in the U.S. specifically for the U.S. market in West Point, Georgia, Telluride is the first Kia vehicle to be exported from the United States.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest-ranked mass-market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power**, and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

** Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass-market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit for more details.


1 North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year is a trademark of North American Car and Truck of the Year Corporation.

2 Kia received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-19 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experiences with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit for more details.

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Best New & Used Cars for Families

Is your family out-growing your current vehicle? We know it can be a pain to find the right car for your family as you want to be sure that your family vehicle is safe, but also fits the family lifestyle. Ready to begin your search? We have compiled a list of the best 2019 cars for families.

2020 Kia Telluride

The all-new 2020 Kia Telluride is spacious and can seat eight people comfortably. This is the perfect car for large families that like to get out and discover the Rocky Mountains. Optional all-wheel drive means that it is a safe vehicle for those snowy days. It’s safety features include blind spot monitoring, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and rear-seat detection so you don’t accidentally leave a child in the back seat.

Your family will love the spacious interior and the upscale feeling of the cabin. There are multiple USB ports so everyone’s devices can stay charged throughout a family adventure.

2019 Kia Sedona

The 2019 Kia Sedona features trusted active and passive safety systems to help you and your family stay on course. Intuitive systems like Electronic Stability Control and Cornering Brake Control help you maintain control of the minivan at all times. This Kia Sedona earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award!

Keep the family cool and comfortable with tri-zone climate control and spacious seating for seven. The minivan provides plenty of storage for trips and reclining seats for lounging on the go. Take one for a test drive today!

2019 Kia Sorento

For over a decade, the Kia Sorento has reflected Kia’s commitment to safety. The 2019 Sorento is equipped with optional front crash prevention and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Its reinforced body of 53% advanced high-strength steel keeps the whole family safe in a crash. The Sorento features technology that is designed to continuously track and adapt to various driving conditions.

The Sorento is perfect for any sized family and features seating for seven. Take one for a test drive today at Peak Kia North!

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

This 3-Row SUV has excellent crash protection ratings and is equipped with active safety features like automatic braking, lane keep assist, and teen driver controls. The 2019 Chevy Traverse also has a rear-seat reminder – a safety system that prompts parents to be sure to look in the back seat to make sure children aren’t accidentally left in the vehicle.

Not only will your family remain safe in this vehicle, but they will also be very comfortable. The Traverse features in-car Wi-Fi, second-row heated seats, and tri-zone climate control. There is lots of space in the Traverse for both cargo and people!

2019 Honda Odyssey

When you think of a family car, you likely think of a minivan. The 2019 Honda Odyssey is the best of the minivans. It ranks high in reliability and safety ratings, is extremely roomy and has a plethora of positive reviews from automotive journalists. The Oddyesy has a full suite of safety features that makes it perfect for families, and car seats are easy to install.

No matter the size of the family, you’ll love the in-car wet/dry vacuum, flexible second-row seating, and plenty of space to move seats around in the event of a sibling rivalry. Parents and kids alike will love the tri-zone climate control, USB ports, Wi-Fi, and rear-seat video system.