The largest Kia ever is here and it’s a direct threat to the mid-size SUVs that rule the segment, such as the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and the lot.
Yes, we’re talking about the 2020 Kia Telluride, a three-row SUV that shares underpinnings with another big Korean utility vehicle, the Hyundai Palisade. The Telluride slots above the Sorento in the lineup and while the latter model does offer three-row seating as standard for 2019, the Telluride offers more space back there.
Enough for three passengers, actually, as this is an eight-seat SUV — the Sorento is a seven-seater. Sure, two taller adults might not be that comfortable sitting there on longer trips but they will definitely enjoy more room than in the Sorento, as Doug DeMuro’s review points out. As for putting three adults in the third row, it should only be attempted in emergency situations.
Space elsewhere is generous, and the seats are comfortable too. But interior quality is where the Telluride scores big, at least compared to its rivals. The switchgear has a classy look and feel, and the materials used inside are impressive.
So how does it drive? The 2020 Telluride packs a 3.8-liter V6 rated at 291 hp and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels — AWD is optional.
The reviewer found the big Korean SUV reasonably quick and having plenty of power for overtaking. Overall, it doesn’t feel that different from its rivals, though. The cabin is fairly quiet and the ride is good too.