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2020 Kia Telluride IIHS safety ratings

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The IIHS safety ratings for the Kia Telluride have been released and it's mostly good news with the Telluride.

In all but two categories the Telluride received a "good" rating. The two categories that didn't receive that score are the child seat anchors that were rated "acceptable" and the headlights that were rated "poor."

For the headlights the IIHS said:

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.
For the child seat anchors, the rating varies depending on the seat. The full ratings and explanation can be found here -

There is also a video of the side crash test.
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This is really surprising for me to see Kia fall short on this one section. Do you think it's because the Telluride uses halogen headlights?
It looks like it is because of the halogen headlights. It earned a top IIHS Safety Pick, but only for the SX models with the LED headlights equipped.

The caveat for the Telluride are its headlights. The 2020 Telluride's Top Safety Pick only applies to models equipped with optional LED headlights. The safety group found the low beams illuminated the roadway well, but created some minor glare. The headlights earned an "Acceptable" rating-just enough to qualify for a Top Safety Pick. The optional headlights also include high-beam assist, which is a system that automatically flicks between low- and high-beams when possible.
Here's some more footage of the Telluride through its crash and safety tests.

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