IRVINE, CA – The Kia Seltos has been named a winner in two categories of Kelley Blue Book’s 2021 Best Buy Awards, earning the top spot in both the Best New Model and Subcompact SUV segments. Meanwhile, the Telluride beat the competition for the second year in a row to earn the title of Best Three-Row Midsize SUV.
“The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards are highly regarded among consumers and the industry and we’re incredibly honored to be included again,” said Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. “We’re proud the experts at KBB.com have taken notice the Telluride isn’t just a one-hit wonder for the Kia brand – its award-winning formula is being infused into our newer models and the Seltos is proof positive that it’s translating well across the lineup.”
Following on the heels of the wildly popular and successful Telluride, the 2021 Seltos complements Kia’s robust SUV lineup, slotting in between the Soul and Sportage. With a comfortable and tech-savvy cabin, a choice of two well-tested engines, and an available all-wheel drive system, the Seltos is a true contender in one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.
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“When it comes to space, style and substance, the 2021 Kia Seltos is the whole package, making it the new benchmark in the subcompact SUV segment and this year’s Best New Model,” said Jason Allan, director of editorial for Kelley Blue Book. “It follows in the footsteps of its sibling, Telluride, which was last year’s top pick and continues to impress on many of the same fronts but on a larger scale.”
To select the winners of the Best Buy Awards, Kelley Blue Book evaluated more than 300 new models available for 2021, with a specific emphasis on the best combination of quality, safety, comfort, driving dynamics, dependability, low ownership costs and affordability. As part of their decision-making process, Kelley Blue Book’s experts also analyze a wide array of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing, 5-Year Cost to Own data, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information. These prestigious awards provide a helpful service by allowing shoppers to narrow their new-car consideration list and purchase a new vehicle with confidence.