Kia can put a giant check mark next to the safety box for its new three-row SUV. Not only does the 2020 Telluride come standard with a load of safety features, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just named it a Top Safety Pick, the agency’s second-highest designation.
The Telluride earned good ratings in all of IIHS’ crash tests — the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations — as well as a superior rating in front crash prevention and an acceptable rating in headlights.
IIHS said the SUV’s standard front-crash prevention system avoided collisions in track tests at 12 and 25 mph. Its headlights didn’t fare as well in testing. Only the Telluride’s optional LED headlights, available on the SX trim, earned an acceptable rating; the SUV’s base halogen headlights earned a poor rating. A vehicle needs good-rated headlights to qualify for the higher Top Safety Pick Plus designation.
The Telluride competes against vehicles like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, which are also Top Safety Picks, as well as the Ford Explorer, which failed to garner any IIHS safety awards due to marginal and poor crash-test scores. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade, the Telluride’s corporate cousin, has not yet been crash-tested.
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