2020 Kia Telluride Headlights Deemed "Poor" In Latest IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - July 23, 2019

Kia already had a seven-passenger SUV in the mid-size segment with the Sorento, but the South Korean automaker introduced the Telluride for those seeking a more rugged design and an extra passenger seat. Beyond seating for up to eight, a more robust powertrain, and some more luxury, safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highways Safety (IIHS) also separate the Telluride and the Sorento.

The IIHS has put the 2020 Kia Telluride through its tests and gave the midsize SUV a Top Safety Pick award. Headlights held the Telluride back from earning the institute’s highest safety rating of being a Top Safety Pick Plus.

As far as crash tests go, the Telluride earned a rating of Good in all six of the IIHS’ trials. The SUV’s standard front-crash prevention system was found to be Superior, the best score possible. So the Telluride was on track to be named a Top Safety Pick Plus. But headlights let it down.

LX, S and EX trims are fitted with halogen projector headlights that were found to be Poor, the worst score possible. The IIHS states that visibility in curves was inadequate in four of the organization’s tests. The range-topping SX trim comes with LED, but those only earned a rating of Acceptable. In the institute’s tests, low beams created some glare, while high beams provided an inadequate amount of visibility on both sides of the road. In order to be a Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle has to have headlights that earn a rating of Good.

Kia Telluride

A base Telluride LX is priced at $32,735, while a range-topping SX that meets the IIHS' Top Safety Pick designation costs $42,535.

The Telluride falls behind the Sorento, which has a Top Safety Pick Plus rating. It also lags behind the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Subaru Ascent, which also received the IIHS’ highest safety rating. The Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe XL, and Honda Pilot are all Top Safety Pick vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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