Consumer Reports Says 2020 Kia Telluride Has The Wow Factor

Big, three-row SUV are apparently one of the trends nowadays in the States, and Kia is looking to lure customers with the Telluride.

A sister model to the Hyundai Palisade, it goes against the Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, among others. The Telluride has a squared styling and a nicely finished and specced cabin, with all the features that one would expect from such a ride, from comfortable, leather-trimmed seats to rear climate controls, easy access to the third row and tons of cargo space in two-seat configuration.

Review: 2020 Kia Telluride Is Large, Luxurious And Here To Eat The Explorer’s Lunch

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In spite of the somewhat rugged overall styling, the Telluride hasn’t been designed to do any serious off-roading. And that’s okay, because hardly anyone will ever leave the tarmac. Still, the four-wheel drive system and locking differential do improve traction on slippery surfaces, providing extra peace of mind in rain or snow.

Kia’s largest SUV is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower and a 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg) towing capacity. It’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that does the job well. On the go, the suspension absorbs most bumps in the road, yet the comfort-oriented setup comes at the expense of sharp handling, as the body roll through corners is noticeable.

The Telluride is available in four trim levels named the LX, S, EX and SX, with prices ranging between $31,690 and $41,490. Consumer Reports recently drove the EX, and were mostly impressed by it; but you can see what they had to say about it in the following video.


  • WalthamDan

    Its definitely better than the Hyundai version. Let’s see how these hold up after 3-4 years.

    • Nastinupe1911

      Yeah, Kia’s are POS after 4 years typically.

      • charlotteharry57

        Oh yeah, back in the early 90s.


        -never owned a kia and takes a bus

    • charlotteharry57

      Plaese stop being anti-Korean. These things are frought with issues on occasion, but how many GM and Ford products from the early/mid 2000s do you see on the roads? A ton around here, in certain neighborhoods. Like “housecleaners” that invade my neighborhood on weekdays. Many, if not most, drive ’em.

      • Ben

        Woah, what makes the statement specifically “anti-Korean”? Having reservations of a new model for a company isn’t judging based on race. If Mini started building 2500 series pickups I’d say the same. I think the Telluride is a pretty decent family vehicle, but like any vehicle, there could be quality problems.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        He’s praising a Korean car. How is that anti Korean LOL? The irony is YOU are trashing AMerican cars. Please stop being Anti American. Idiot

  • illogicalPotato

    Honestly for what you get for 41k, it’s a bargain. The interiors on them are fantastic.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Yeah, so cheap and they throw a free tablet in as well…

  • charlotteharry57

    CR did this in reverse, seeing that the Palisade was released later. They LOVED the Palisade and C&D siad they both blew the competition to the moon.



  • Ben

    Looks good in white! While I applaud them having green instead of just shades of black and white, this design really pops to me in white.

  • Craig

    To me – the Palisade is the better looking of the two. The Telluride’s front end reminds me of an older Yukon. [Which I didn’t like much either]

    • MarketAndChurch

      I personally prefer the Kia’s exterior a slight bit more, but they’re both good looking, and the reason I’m going with the Palisade is because the interior is nicer.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Kia’s design is really leagues ahead of Hyundais. I was looking at the top ten of the UK sales the other day and the Kia Sportage is in there. For those of you unfamiliar with UK sales, this is an incredible accomplishment. Even Toyotas never get there. The Nissan Quasqai and the Kia Sportage are the two besti selling SUV’s in the UK. That’s pretty amazing.

  • Paul

    WOW!!! Sorry but I couldn’t help myself. I think the Kia version looks a lot better than the Hyundai.

  • Hot Twink

    It doesn’t have a “locking differential”.

    The RDM has a clutch pack that locks, however it only stays locked up to 25 mph. Above that it unlockes and will start to favor the front wheels.

  • Bill Nguyen

    I really like this car! Though that weird b-pillar chrome bit kinda bugs me…

  • Alduin

    This is too damn big. Compact and midsize SUV’s are plenty good enough. If you need a mini van or excursion sized SUV with 4-5th row stadium seating to seat your twelve kids in maybe you should’ve stopped breeding after the second kid.

    • Dennis James

      It’s about the feeling of security that you have driving a car that can rival in size the semi truck next to you 🙂

      • Alduin

        Next up is the Jeep Grand Cherokee MAX Wagoneer XXXLLL+++ with 12 row seats,stadium seating for 24 people and 42 wheel drive. Runs on 3 W16 engines 2400 HP and is fueled by dead bodies.

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