The 2020 Kia Telluride Punches Above It’s Weight

The 2020 Kia Telluride is an all-new player on the midsize SUV scene. Sharing its platform with the Hyundai Palisade, the Telluride is longer, roomier, and boxier than its corporate cousin, which helps differentiate it nicely while cross-shopping three-row people movers.

The Telluride offers three rows of seating for as many as eight passengers, with respectable third row room when fully loaded with adult riders. It features a 3.8-liter V-6 engine as standard equipment, which is rated at 291 horsepower(216Kw) and 262 lb-ft(300N.m) of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is included with every model, and all-wheel drive is optional. Max towing for the Kia is listed at 5,000 pounds

In our last encounter with the 2020 Kia Telluride we found it to have a cool factor that most of its competition doesn’t have. We were impressed by its blocky styling, its high level of available equipment, and its roomy cabin, which in a seven seat version provided enough room for two full-size adults to sit behind full-size adults in the second row sitting behind full-size adults in the front. The biggest drawback was the amount of hard plastic in the cabin, where we noted “if you were hoping for a luxury experience at a discount, you’re going to be disappointed.”

Every 2020 Telluride features the same 216 Kw(291Hp) , 3.8-liter V-6 engine. Also capable of generating (262 lb-ft) of torque, this unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be had in either front- or all-wheel drive editions. Fuel efficiency for the Kia is listed at 20/26 mpg city/highway(528Km Range) for front-wheel drive models, and 19/24 mpg city/ highway(509Km Range) for all-wheel drive versions.

The 2020 Kia Telluride is ranked as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, with a top score of Good in each of its specific crash tests. Although its headlights are rated either Acceptable or Poor depending on which version of the vehicle is driven, it offers a Superior score in terms of its front crash prevention systems. It has not yet been crash test rated by the NHTSA. Standard safety equipment includes lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning with emergency braking and pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, and a driver attention monitor. It also offers an available blind spot camera system that displays via the gauge cluster screen.

Three rows of seating offer eight passenger capacity in the 2020 Telluride, with optional second row captains chairs dropping the figure by one. Front/second/third-row legroom is listed at 41.4/42.4/31.4 inches for each measure. Cargo room behind the first row shows as 87 cubic feet, with 46 cubes available behind the second row and 21 cubic feet behind the third row.

The base 2020 Kia Telluride offers an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Bluetooth connectivity, five USB ports, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. Optional tech gear includes an in-vehicle intercom system, wireless device charging, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, one more USB port, a head-up display, navigation, surround sound audio, and an improved LCD gauge cluster display.

The 2020 Telluride is available in four trim levels.

2020 Kia Telluride LX: The base Telluride includes 18-inch wheels, leatherette upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and satellite radio

2020 Kia Telluride S: The S adds 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, captain’s chairs in the second row, heated seats up front, and power adjustments for the driver’s seat.

2020 Kia Telluride EX: This model installs three zones of automatic climate control, power adjustments for the front passenger seat, a bench in the second row, leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, LED taillights, a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless device charging, a hands-free tailgate, ventilated front seats, an in-vehicle intercom, and power-folding side mirrors.

2020 Kia Telluride SX: The top-tier Telluride enjoys a pair of sunroofs, a surround sound audio system, adjustable ambient lighting in the cabin, a blind spot camera system, parking sensors for the front of the vehicle, a surround view camera, a more advanced follow-along adaptive cruise control system, and memory functions for the driver’s seat.