December 5, 2022

Kia has been stepping it up for a while and nothing has changed when stepping into the 2020 Kia Telluride. The Kia Telluride has been out for a little over a year and I quickly took note of Kia’s first attempt going against the Chevrolet Traverse, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer in the quest for being the best mid-size 3-row SUV. The more I paid attention to the Kia Telluride the more I understood why this thing is being sold like hotcakes. With this being one of the roomiest SUV’s out of the bunch this is definitely the best bang for your buck out of its competitors 


LX 4dr Front-wheel Drive

Starting at $33,060

S 4dr Front-wheel Drive

Starting at $35,460

EX 4dr Front-wheel Drive

Starting at $38,460

SX 4dr Front-wheel Drive

Starting at $42,960

Horsepower, transmission, and MPG

V-6 Motor 291 hp and 262 lb-ft Tq

eight-speed automatic transmission

FWD models  20 city and 26 highway

AWD models  19 city and 24 highway

Color Options

Body Color

Dark Moss, Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Grey, Ebony Black, Black Copper, Sangria

Seat Trim

Black Nappa Leather, Gray Nappa Leather, Black SOFINO leatherette, Gray SOFINO leatherette, Black Leather, Gray Leather, Butterscotch Leather, Dune Brown Nappa Leather, Espresso Brown Leather  

Performance, Towing

What you get under the hood all trims of the Telluride come with a detuned version of the Genesis 3.8 liter V-6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. When driving the Telluride the performance isn’t going to stand out when comparing it to its competitors. It’s on par with them when comparing power, but I did realize the Telluride needed to get up in the RPMs before it felt like it had any type of power. Minus the slow throttle response, the 8-speed automatic transmission seemed to shift well. It gets to 0 to 60 in 7.3-seconds and gets through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds at 93 mph. The Telluride does well with towing and has some great in-dash features to help back and align your vehicle up to tow just like trucks. The Telluride can tow up to 5,000 pounds.


Thanks to the Tellurides 4-wheel independent suspension aided by torque vectoring the suspension feels more refined when compared to its rivals that still use full-frame chassis. The suspension is a little stiffer, but I would have figured so by viewing commercials advertising it as a vehicle that does well off-road but let me warn you now don’t expect a jeep-like experience. The All-Wheel-Drive Model would be the best for your off-road journey, but it lacks a true off-road driving mode. Its 8-inch clearance is respectable and features self-leveling suspension, the ability to lock its differential into distributing the power evenly between all four wheels for mud and inclines, and assisted Down Hill Brake Control helps regulate steep descents helps with your off-road experience. I think this is a great family car and if you’re wanting to use it for anything more than light trails I would personally wait because Kia may come out with an enhanced version made more for off-road exploration.

Fuel economy

The Fuel Economy Ratings for the Telluride comes in tied with the leader of the pack when it comes to 3 rows SUVs tying the Nissan Pathfinder at a base combined mpg at 23 mpg in front-wheel-drive form.  The All-Wheel-Drive version suffers slightly with its fuel economy with the extra drive train parts used and weight getting only 21 mpg combined.

Safety features 

The Telluride has some of the best standard technology available right now

Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist – Rear (BCA-R)

Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) w/ Pedestrian Detection

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

Park Distance Warning – Reverse (PDW-R)

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)

Rear View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Guidelines

Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)

Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (SCC)


The interior is very well put together and you have the ability to fit eight passengers comfortably at full capacity. The materials feel sturdy and it seems like Kia really put some thought into planning the basic outline of the interior making it one of my favorite interiors in its class. Kia gave its customers color options allowing nine-seat color configurations giving its customers the ability to give an appeal to a wider range of people. There is plenty of space throughout the cabin In the Telluride, The second row is on the roomy side when compared to its competitors. It’s 42.4 inches of legroom and adults can fit comfortably in the second row. The third row is a little tight in the back and can fit only two adults comfortably if you’re under 5’11. If you have small children three can fit in the 3rd row if needed. What I like about Kia is that they didn’t leave out the rear passengers like its rivals and have three cupholders as well as USB outlets out for your passenger’s pleasure. All rear seats have the ability to fold down so if you need some room to transport things the Telluride gets the job done


2021 Telluride

The infotainment has been around in other Kia models and I personally think this is one of the best infotainment systems on the market. The entry-level model is equipped with a wide 8-inch screen that allows you to have three programs running on the screen at one time. It allows you to still have your navigation up while you might need to change the station or switch to Spotify without worrying about if your turns coming up. It’s very responsive and has Apple Car Play as well as Android Auto.  Every other model has the same equipment as well as a standard 10.25-inch touchscreen and wireless phone charging. A Harman/Kardon audio system is included in the top-tier SX model. There are many features Kia implemented to make the Telluride more family-friendly. One is Quiet Mode. This mode allows only the front speakers to have sound. This comes in handy when you may be on a trip and the kids are asleep in the back, which allows you to not have to punish yourself and still be able to enjoy some sort of entertainment. Kia also incorporated Drivertalk which is similar to Hondas Cabin talk feature. When this feature is activated it amplifies your voice in the rear through the speakers and makes you feel like a pilot talking to your passengers which I think is great.


limited basic warranty

5-year/60,000 mile

limited powertrain warranty

10-year/100,000 mile

limited anti-perforation warranty

5-year/100,000 mile

roadside assistance plan

5-year/60,000 mile

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