The Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Kia Telluride

Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry.

For 2021, we’ve split midsize SUVs into two categories: those with two rows of seats and others with three rows. This article covers the latter.

1st Place – Kia Telluride

Our pick for Best Buy in the segment is the Kia Telluride. The company did a superb job of making us completely forget about the old, short-lived Borrego, which paled in comparison to other three-row SUVs.

Photo: Frédéric Mercier

Offering a spacious, well-designed interior, the Telluride also stands out with an inspired driving experience. Under the hood is a 291-horsepower V6 that delivers strong acceleration and passing performance. And then there’s the Telluride’s outstanding value, giving customers a lot of bang for their buck.

2nd Place – Hyundai Palisade

The runner-up this year is the Hyundai Palisade, which shares many components with the Telluride. It was extremely hard to crown a winner between the two.

Photo: Michel Deslauriers

While the cabin has a bit more glitz, there’s no denying the build quality and refinement. The Palisade’s handling is also slightly less dynamic than that of its cousin.

3rd Place – Honda Pilot

The last step on the podium is owned by the Honda Pilot, a model that’s been around for many years but is aging gracefully.  

Photo: William Clavey

The smartly designed interior provides a generous amount of space. On the road, the Pilot is still very much capable thanks to a rigid chassis, nicely calibrated suspension and lively, 280-horsepower V6 engine.

Don’t miss our full list of Best Buys for 2021!

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