For many years, Kia has offered up its Sorento as a choice for shoppers looking for a three-row crossover SUV. As much as we like the Sorento, it comes up short in two critical areas: cargo and rear passenger space. That’s why we’re excited to see the new 2020 Kia Telluride. It addresses those shortcomings with a larger size and a lot more interior capacity.
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2020 Kia Telluride Review
The Telluride, an all-new three-row midsize SUV, is now Kia’s biggest vehicle and about the same size as a Honda Pilot. It can seat up to eight passengers and offers a maximum of 87 cubic feet of cargo capacity. A 291-horsepower V6 is standard as are plenty of advanced driver safety features. The interior design is upscale, and Kia also offers some family-focused features such as an available driver intercom system. Another draw is Telluride’s bold styling, a rarity in the class.
This brand-new Telluride has seating for up to eight in a high-end cabin, and you’ll be treated to a gentle ride. The Telluride comes with a generous list of driver aids, a large cargo hold, and a lengthy warranty.
2020 Kia Telluride Trims and Price
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a midsize SUV with seating for seven or eight passengers. Under the hood is a 3.8-litre V6 (291 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available as an option. There are four trim levels: LX, S, EX, and SX.
2020 Kia Telluride LX price
Standard features for the LX include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes, adaptive cruise control, simulated leather upholstery, 60/40-split-folding second- and third-row seating, Bluetooth, five USB charge ports, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB input.
Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and a drowsy driver warning system.
2020 Kia Telluride S
The S trim upgrades 20-inch wheels, roof rails, a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and second-row captain’s chairs. (The bench seating remains optional.)
2020 Kia Telluride EX
You get a lot more when you step up to the EX. It adds LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, acoustic glass for front doors, a hands-free liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, three-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, the second-row bench, an extra USB charge port, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, a driver voice amplifier for the rear seats, a Quiet Mode (which silences the rear speakers), and a wireless charging pad.
2020 Kia Telluride SX
At the top of the list is the SX trim. This Telluride has all of the above pluses LED headlights and foglights, dual sunroofs, front parking sensors, an upgraded driver information display, interior ambient lighting, driver-seat memory functions, and the second-row captain’s chairs, a surround-view parking camera system, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. It also receives a blind-spot camera system, automatic high beams, and a low-level automated highway driving system.
2020 Kia Telluride Interior
Regardless of people’s opinion about the 2020 Telluride’s bold outward appearance, its interior is undeniably upscale and comfortable. The build quality is excellent, the materials are attractive, and the desirable features are plentiful. Because the Telluride is several inches longer than the seven-passenger Sorento, its cabin is even more spacious, especially for those in the wayback seat.
There is room for eight with a second-row bench seat or room for seven with the optional captain’s chairs. Along with ample interior storage throughout the cabin, we managed to fit four carry-on suitcases behind its third row and stuffed a total of 35 carry-ons with both back rows folded flat.
An optional 5,000-pound towing capacity tow package with a self-leveling suspension is available for EX and SX trims. The SX with AWD is eligible for the Prestige package, which brings premium leather, a head-up display, heated and ventilated second-row seats, automatic wipers, a household power outlet, and a heated steering wheel.
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