Critics are raving about the 2020 Kia Telluride, a seven- or eight-seat SUV, that looks like a luxury vehicle but costs considerably less. The largest vehicle ever sold by Kia features ample headroom, plenty of shoulder and knee room and 21 cubic feet of cargo space, substantially more than the Honda Pilot or Nissan Pathfinder.
The Telluride’s design is reminiscent of the Range Rover with upscale exterior touches like amber running lights that surround large rectangular dual-bulb projector headlights. The SUV also features a long hood, wide grille and understated chrome trim for a luxury look. Interior options include perforated Nappa leather and a smooth, lavish headliner.
The vehicle is 196.9 inches long and offers a quiet ride. With responsive and direct steering, the Telluride can easily handle rugged terrain and mountain roads. Also, the 3.8L engine produces 291 hp with considerable acceleration and power to weave through traffic and scale uphill stretches. The vehicle’s eight-speed automatic transmission provides quick and seamless shifting.
Able to tow 5,000 pounds with a $795 towing package, the Telluride, which comes with standard eight-speed automatic transmission, starts at $31,690 for a front-wheel drive model. Buyers can add $2,000 for full-time all-wheel drive with modes for varying terrain and a locking differential.
The top-of-the-line AWD Telluride SX includes Nappa leather seat trim, navigation, 10.25-inch touch screen, head-up display with speed limit and navigation instructions, 630-watt 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio, heated and ventilated second-row seats, memory for driver settings, dual sunroofs and 20-inch black wheels, among an array of other features.
The Telluride, which was named “Best in Show” at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show by Cars.com, also includes numerous standard safety and driver assistance features, such as front collision alert, pedestrian detection, automatic front braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot alert with automatic evasive steering and braking.
Also, the blind spot sensor continues to work when the SUV is stopped, warning passengers if there is an oncoming vehicle as they open the door. Another key safety feature warns you if you’ve left a child or pet in the back seat after you’ve exited the vehicle.
Kia Motors, based in Seoul, is South Korea's second-largest automobile manufacturer, after the Hyundai Motor Company, with annual sales of over 50 billion.