2020 Kia Telluride Rated At Up To 23 MPG Combined

The Environmental Protection Agency (commonly known as EPA) has published its official fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Kia Telluride.

According to EPA, the big SUV records 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined when outfitted with the front-wheel drive system. If Kia Telluride owners opt for all-wheel drive, figures drop to 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.

As one would expect from a modern Kia, these numbers are right on par with the Telluride’s rivals. For example, the front-wheel drive 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is rated at 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.

Not bad for an eight seater

All 2020 Kia Telluride models are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine delivering 291 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. The vehicle’s engine isn’t the only thing that should prove appealing to customers as pricing for the Telluride is also entirely reasonable.

Sitting at the base of the range is the Telluride LX, priced from $31,690. This model comes complete with features including 18-inch alloy wheels, Parking Distance Warning-Reverse, eight seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, synthetic leather seating, and no less than six USB ports.

The LX, as well as all other Telluride trim levels, comes standard with a number of advanced safety features as standard. These include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist with Rear-Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Smart Key with Push-Button Start, Rear Occupant Alert and 2nd Row Safe Exit Assist.

Other trim levels sold include the Telluride S starting at $33,990, the Telluride EX priced from $37,090, and the range-topping Telluride SX priced upwards of $41,490.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Rear lights are GMC designs. I still think the concept was much better than this production, and yes I am aware most of the time that’s the case for any car companies concepts. But to my eye, this isn’t close enough to the concept. should have, could have been closer.

    • donald seymour

      Very true. It’s not to be compared to the concept on any level. But If you take it on its own merits then it’s a gem, which is why I absolutely is smitten by it.

  • donald seymour

    Is it me, or why do I find the Telluride so attractive? Very appealing vehicle.

    • :/ Yurr

      It really is , I dont know if I like the Palisade or this more 🤔…probably this cause the front alone is sharp.

      • TrevP

        I agree. I really like the Palisade and the only difference I can find between the two as far as features go, is the power folding third row. The Palisade has it but on the Telluride I see straps that you have to pull up yourself. Which doesnt make sense to me since they are the same vehicle.

  • TheBelltower

    I never will pass up on an opportunity to $h!t on Kia/Hyundai. However I will gladly say that they have a winner with this.

  • ErnieB

    I want one just like the one pictured .. nice SUV!!

  • Bash

    And what trim is the one pictured. this looks great.

    • eb110americana

      The “all windows tinted, is not a real production model” trim.

      • Bash

        You might be just right, its too good to be true anyway.

        • TrevP

          SX with Prestige package probably

          • Bash

            I though more like a sport package, prestige would be more into luxury. I don’t know.

      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        This is the SX trim with the fancy bits. It’s a real production version by the way.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    If I had a thing for ugly crossovers than this would be the perfect piece of art. Although, it is not blend, it is just hideous, in my opinion. I would rather opt for an old, long-in-the-tooth Dodge Durango or current gen Ford Explorer than this KIA! But hey! Kudos to KIA for offering an off-road vehicle at an affordable starting price to most people.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    My dream is a AWD plug-in hybrid Telluride getting 30 mpg city or better.

    • TrevP

      It’s possible they could come out with that powertrain later on?

      • MarketAndChurch


    • bd0007

      A PHEV would add too much weight; more likely would be a mild-hybrid 48V system.

      • MarketAndChurch

        I agree, and a mild hybrid system, if priced cheaply enough, could be the final nail in the sedan market coffin. Not just from Kia, mind you, but if every automaker made this generation of crossovers(2018-2024) the generation where 7-passanger large mid-size SUV’s got 25mpg or more, and at an affordable price, that would probably spell the end of the sedan market in the US.

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