Kia Motors is doing really well in the U.S.; it’s not just about the sales, it’s also about the series of awards it’s getting these days. The company gets attention from the media and people every time it releases a new model, and the company even received the title ‘the Car Of the Year’. After Kia tied for highest in overall initial quality evaluated by J.D. Power, Wards Auto chose Telluride to offer the highest quality interior, and the vehicle also became the 2020 New England Motor Press Association Winter SUV of the Year.
2020 Wards Best Interiors award, Telluride
Starting from becoming the SUV of the Year by Motor Trend, the Kia Telluride received multiple awards from auto magazines such as Kelley Blue Book or Car and Driver. And before the first half of 2020 ends, the 6-to-7-passenger-vehicle received another on June 23rd.
Firstly, 2020 Kia Telluride was named 2020 Wards 10 Best Interiors winner. Being famous for 10 Best Engines awards since 1994, the 96-year-old American auto magazine Wards Auto chooses 10 vehicles for Wards 10 Best Interiors as well.
Every year, they update their template for recognizing the passenger compartments that set standards for comfort, convenience, material quality, and style. Wards Auto saw right through at Telluride SX V6; “Kia deserves every accolade it’s gotten for its Telluride full-size SUV,” says judge Tom Murphy. “From the massive flat load floor, dual sunroofs and stellar infotainment system to the heated and ventilated second-row seats, microsuede headliner and third-row USB charging ports, the Telluride is an excellent value.”
The Strongest SUV for Winter Driving, Telluride
Another news is that the Kia Telluride is the 2020 New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) Winter SUV of the Year. NEMPA has a major demographic audience in several states in the U.S., including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The winner has to offer the exceptional overall quality, and the ability to handle historically brutal New England winters.
This is why the New England Motor Press Association chooses the ‘Winter SUV of the Year’ – to find the most suitable winter SUV for the people living in such a harsh area.
After testing in the brutal environment, the vehicles selected by NEMPA as the best for winter driving in New England every year are those that offer a combination of winter-specific features, options, and dynamic qualities.
“The Kia Telluride was the hands-down winner with a majority of NEMPA members,” said NEMPA President John Paul. “In this hotly contested three-row SUV category the Telluride excels, checking off all the boxes. Members were impressed with the overall quality of materials, ride, functionality, quiet cabin, and the ability to handle historically brutal New England winters. The Telluride doesn’t just answer the cost-quality equation, it knocks it out of the park with good looks, ride quality, functionality, and impressive safety technology all at a great price.”
Telluride has received over 60 awards from media outlets around the U.S. since its introduction; this is quite exceptional, considering the short amount of time it spent in the country.
J.D. Power Says Kia’s the Best
On June 24th, J.D. Power announced that Kia tied for highest in overall initial quality. J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1987, J.D. Power also provided people with such useful information.
The study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by owners of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Initial quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
The new analysis takes an updated look at the problems owners are having with their new vehicles, including those related to new technologies, user experiences, and emotional qualities. The iconic study, redesigned this year, measures components that fail and features that are difficult to use, hard to understand or don’t work the way owners want, hence lower points mean higher satisfaction. All competitors gained 166 points on average, which ‘plunged’ from 93 points last year.
Kia, on the other hand, topped the class, gaining 136 points. This becomes more meaningful, considering the harsher criteria including new technologies.
Stricter Standards make Kia Stronger
For most of the past decade, mass market brands have improved relative to premium brands, and this trend continues. Kia winning the New-Vehicle Quality Study means a lot to the company since J.D. Power included these premium brands altogether. Kia had already been ranked highest, edging out other premium brands back in 2016 and 2017. And after it marked highest among mass market brands in 2015, the company kept its place since then, for six consecutive years.
Four of the Kia models became the ‘Segment Winners’ – K3 in Compact segment, Soul in Small SUV, Sorento in Upper Midsize SUV, and Sedona in Minivan. Kia was the company that had most winners.
Also, the Kia Rio, Optima, Stinger, and Sportage were named as ‘Good Quality Vehicles’ in the small, midsize, midsize premium, and compact SUV segment, respectively. This made all the Kia models win J.D. Power awards in each segment.
The reason Kia is getting popular in the American market is because the company is pouring their heart to keep improving the quality of their products. And these winnings directly suggest Kia’s know-hows for doing so. The company is expected to rise even further.