2021 Kia Telluride review: One of the best SUVs you can buy

The Telluride is our pick for the best three-row SUV in its class.


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In a world teeming with SUVs of all shapes, sizes and styles, the 2021 Kia Telluride is an automotive all-star. With driving refinement and interior appointments that wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury car, handsome styling and plenty of versatility, this three-row hauler is easily one of the segment’s best.

Like

  • Luxury car appointments
  • Great driving refinement refinement
  • Spacious cabin

Don’t Like

  • Useless lane-keeping assist
  • Obviously fake wood trim

With a welcoming front end, curt backside and elegant flanks accentuated by interestingly stepped brightwork surrounding the side glass, Kia’s Telluride SUV is seriously attractive. To my eyes, it’s far prettier than its sibling, the equally compelling if more interestingly styled Hyundai Palisade.

Increasing its curb appeal (if you embrace the darkness, that is), my top-of-the-line SX-trim tester is fitted with the $1,295 Nightfall Edition appearance package, an options group that’s available on several models. As its name suggests, the Nightfall gets a number of blacked-out elements, including 20-inch wheels, roof rails, skid plates, emblems and the grille, as well as some slightly darker greenhouse trim. Overall, the look is attractive if a

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When will your next stimulus check arrive? Here are 4 key things to know

How quickly could the IRS send your money? We have some potential dates.


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 Negotiations to pass a new economic relief bill have seemingly taken a turn away from including a second stimulus check, at least for now, though retroactive unemployment insurance is still up for debate. Instead, talks to authorize a new stimulus payment will likely resume in the new year.

We have an idea when a second stimulus payment could be sent if a coronavirus relief bill is passed by certain milestone dates — see our chart below.

In addition, it’s also important to keep in mind:

This story is frequently updated with new information.

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When will the new stimulus bill get a vote? 

While the date to vote on a package has been a moving target for months, top leaders are now eyeing a vote before Dec. 11. That means lawmakers will have to move fast to put together a final bill. Since we can’t officially rule out another stimulus check yet — negotiations haven’t yet begun on the newest proposal — you’ll see that possibility reflected in Scenario 1 in the chart below.

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Yamaha YAS-209 review: Great sound for TVs and music meets the convenience of Alexa

The YAS-209 soundbar is Yamaha’s first smart speaker of any kind, and since its release last year it has remained one of my favorite soundbars, period. Yamaha chose Amazon’s Alexa for its voice control, and the YAS-209 performs well as a smart speaker and sounds excellent with music, TV and movies. 

It’s not the cheapest soundbar available — the Vizio V21 lacks voice control but is half the price — but in my book the Yamaha’s worth the extra money. Shoppers in the YAS-209’s price range might well prefer the Sonos Beam for its multiroom chops and choice of Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple AirPlay 2. Neither the Sonos nor the Vizio match the Yamaha’s sound quality, however. 

The YAS-209 is everything I expect from a midpriced soundbar: ease of use, powerful output levels and an ability to replay both movies and music to a high standard. The fact that you can ask Alexa for a song — and have it sound better than pretty much any smaller smart speaker — puts it over the top. In the 12 months since its release I have yet to hear a soundbar that can equal the Yamaha for its mix

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