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The World Car of The Year: The Kia Telluride

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
A right profile photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride parked in the desert.

Earlier this month, a panel of 82 jurors from 24 countries convened to evaluate dozens of worthy contenders from across the globe. Some of the finest nameplates were presented for the World Car of The Year award.

In the end, the jury came in with a verdict for the 2020 World Car of The Year. The winner is the Kia Telluride.

This is the first time since its first Word Car of The Year award began in 2005 that a Korean automaker had won this award. It is also the first vehicle built in the U.S.A. to win it. On top of all of that, this vehicle is not sold in 21 out of the 24 countries the World Car of The Year jury represents – for now.

The Telluride is a remarkable SUV, seating up to eight passengers, towing up to 5,000 pounds and returning great fuel economy with a powerful V6 engine. The level of technology available on the Kia Telluride is the best among its contenders. These are just a few of the few reasons the World Car of The Year jury cited for this prestigious global accolade.

The 2020 Kia Telluride has now won nineteen awards since its introduction a year ago. Awards from Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and the North American Car of The Year jury is now joined by this worldwide honor.

If you want an award-winning Telluride of your own, contact Kia of Mankato to make an appointment for a test drive – right at your doorstep.

This has been a year that Kia will remember. This is the year of Telluride. Make it yours, today!

Telluride, Niro Win Drivers’ Choice Awards

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Remember when you first watched MotorWeek? The host, John Davis, telling you about the latest vehicles as they go through the slalom or along the roads near their Maryland studio.

They are still on the air! They’re giving awards. And, Kia has been recognized with two of MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards for 2020!

The award-winning Kia Telluride was named Best Large Utility, while the Niro took home the Best Eco-Friendly award.

MotorWeek’s editors conduct upwards of 150 car and truck reviews annually, evaluating vehicles on an array of factors, including price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records, and resale value. The Drivers’ Choice awards are based on these thorough evaluations.

The results are simple. The Telluride is the finest three-row midsize SUV for families. Not just for the 7-8 seat capacity inside, but of its overall value across the lineup. The Telluride’s powerful V6 is designed for the long haul- somewhere beyond the Twin Cities. It also offers a superb ride and overall comfort across all three rows.

For those looking for a better hedge on fuel economy, the Niro is the right vehicle for you. Its versatile crossover body accommodates up to five people or up to 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Its Hybrid driveline is designed for efficiency while delivering solid performance for across Mankato or the drive out to Sioux Falls.

Two special vehicles to fit your lifestyle. Both winners in the eyes of MotorWeek. That is a duo you can’t go wrong with. Check out the Niro and Telluride at Kia of Mankato. Take one for a test drive and see why these two are winners in your eyes.

Six Kia Models Named Top Safety Pick By IIHS

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety [IIHS] conducts crash testing every year to make sure that every new vehicle can meet the challenges of everyday driving. Not just to see how a vehicle can withstand a crash, but to see how they can avoid getting into one.

The Kia lineup is designed with a commitment to safety from the ground up. From strong unibody structures to a complete set of driver assistance technologies.  The Kia family of vehicles are designed to keep you and everyone on board safe and secure mile after mile.

In this year’s IIHS testing, SIX Kia models were given top marks.  The 2020 Telluride, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, Stinger and Forte received Top Safety Pick rating for this model year, when equipped with front crash prevention and specific headlights.

The IIHS looks at each vehicle to see if they meet their stringent standards to qualify for these designations. Testing includes evaluating crash readiness, build integrity and available and standard safety systems

These awards combined shows that Kia makes safer and more secure vehicles for you. This commitment stems from engineering features such as the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian detection, and LED lighting systems with High Beam Assist.

Driver assist features are great to have and Kia of Mankato encourages our customers to try them out in real world situations in and around town. It also comes down to the basics, such as easy to use seat belts, air bags that protect the passenger area, and strong construction that is built into every Kia we sell to you.

See our commitment to safety by checking out our lineup at Kia of Mankato. Test drive our lineup available today!

A New Winning Tradition – The Kia Telluride

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
A photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride on the road.

The 2020 Kia Telluride has been winning almost every award in this model year. You can’t blame this great family SUV for being a winner – because it truly is!

So far, the Kia Telluride has won the following accolades…

  • World Car of The Year
  • Motor Trend SUV of the Year
  • Car and Driver 10Best
  • North American Utility of The Year
  • Midwest Automotive Media Association Family Car of The Year
  • AutoTrader Best Car Interior Under $50,000
  • MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards – Best Large Utility
  • ALG Design Innovation Award for Overall Design and Execution
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick
  • Top Rated Award – SUV
  • Hispanic Motor Press Foundation SUV of The Year
  • Texas Auto Writers Association SUV of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association CUV of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Mid-Size CUV at Texas Auto Roundup
  • Kelley Blue Book Best New Model
  • Kelley Blue Book Best 3-Row Midsize SUV
  • U.S. News and World Report Best SUV Brand
  • Texas Motor Press Association First Place SUV at the Texas Off-Road Invitational
  • Victory & Reseda Vehicle of The Year Award – #VOTY19

And, there are probably more awards to come. It is an impressive list of accolades already. They all point to one thing: The Kia Telluride has left a huge impression on journalists and analysts across the country. And, for many reasons – great design, a great interior, superb performance and capability, and excellent value for the money.

While they’re building a bigger trophy case at Kia’s headquarters in California, you get to reap the greatest award of them all – taking home the award-winning Telluride from Kia of Mankato. Make sure you check out our inventory of the Telluride and take one for a test drive. One drive and you will see why this great SUV is bringing home all of the trophies this year.

Four Kia Models Named “Best Car For The Money”

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

You already know that Kia offers the best value of any automobile sold today. Our lineup offers more features for a reasonable price that makes everyone happy.

That is why U.S. News and World Report named the 2020 Forte, Sedona, Sorento, and Soul their “Best Car for The Money” in each of their respective categories. That is more awards given to a single brand than any other by this influential magazine.

U.S. News and World Report’s automotive staff chose the winners based on the best combination of quality and value. Quality is determined by each vehicle’s performance in the magazine’s Best Car Rankings and value is measured by a combination of transaction prices and five-year total ownership costs.

Based on this criteria, the Forte won for the Best Compact category, while the Soul won Subcompact SUV, Sedona for Best Minivan, and Sorento for Best 3-Row SUV. All four Kia models represent exactly what consumers look for in a vehicle that will satisfy their needs and wants, as well as deliver on exceptional quality and overall value.

U.S. News & World Report executive editor Jaime Page Deaton said, “Kia winning four Best Car for the Money Awards shows just how well the company’s strategy of providing quality, feature-filled cars has paid off. In each category that Kia won, the model not only represented a great value in terms of price and ownership costs, but also in terms of providing a top-notch ownership experience.”

At Kia of Mankato, we want you to get the best value for the money on all of our vehicles.  Contact us to set up an appointment for a test drive of a Forte, Soul, Sedona, and Sorento yourself to see why they are winners in their own right. Or, stop on in anytime!

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