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A Taco Bell employee delivers an order to a customer at the drive-up window of the restaurant on March 31, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A fast food restaurant is really only as fast as its drive-thru window. To me, purchasing a meal without having to get out of your car is the true essence of the fast food experience. But some drive-thrus are faster than others.

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QSR Magazine has released its annual report on the best, most accurate, and fastest drive-thrus in America. I know what you’re thinking, but you’re wrong. While Chick-fil-A was awarded the title of 2021’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year, based on the overall satisfaction with their drive-thru experience, it wasn’t due to speed. According to Eat This, Not That, more customers and longer lines led to Chick-fil-A landing in tenth place overall when it comes to how quickly you receive your order.

Chick-fil-A drive-thru

A worker takes orders as customers line up in the drive-thru lane at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on May 06, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

When it comes to pure speed, Taco Bell takes the checkered flag. The average time it takes to get your food at their drive-thru is just 4 minutes and 28 seconds. These are the five fast food franchises that were found to be the fastest across the country:

  1. Taco Bell (4:28)
  2. KFC (4:32)
  3. Carl’s Jr/Hardees (4:46)
  4. Dunkin’ (4:55)
  5. McDonald’s (5:11)
McDonald's drive-thru sign

A sign directs customers to the drive-thru at a McDonald’s restaurant on October 24, 2013 in Des Plaines, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)