I drove a $47,000 Kia Telluride - and the verdict is that this upstart SUV is the best on the market
- I tested a 2020 Kia Telluride, a three-row SUV that in top-spec SX trim came out to $47,310.
- The Kia Telluride had a fantastic naturally-aspirated V6 under the hood.
- The Telluride was also crammed with tech, including an extremely capable adaptive cruise-control option with steering assist.
- The Kia Telluride impressed me at all levels and represents a fantastic value for the SUV segment.
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It was déjÀ vu all over again - in a Kia!About two years ago, I buckled into a Kia Stinger and when I unbuckled, I told my colleagues I'd just driven Business Insider's Car of the Year. Eleven months later, the Stinger did indeed take the prize.Advertisement
Lightning strikes twice. I just unbuckled from a 2020 Kia Telluride and I'm here to tell you ... it's a contender.
We have a year to go before we name a 2020 Car of the Year, but I'm pretty sure the Telluride will be near the top of my list.For now, I'll simply say that this is the best three-row SUV not-a-lot of money can buy.
Here are the details:
The Kia Telluride I tested was a 2020 model year of the new three-row SUV, outfitted in "Everlasting Silver."
The Telluride is a handsome SUV that wears its size well. I also rather liked the 20-inch alloy wheels, in black, which filled the wheel-arches and gave the impression of larger spinners.Advertisement
The weakest part of any SUV design is .. . the rear end. But that's not the designer's fault. There's only so much one can do with an upswinging barn door.
Telluride is, of course, an upscale ski town in Colorado. It was a bold decision for Kia to co-opt the implicit branding — but the vehicle comes through!Advertisement
The Telluride's interior isn't luxurious, but it isn't mass-market. For most consumers, it's pure Goldilocks: Just right.
The black interior featured brushed metal details and expanses of beautiful, grained wood trim.Advertisement
Three-row SUVs are, on one level, an alternative to minivans. As a former minivan owner, I get it and I don't. Minivans do everything better. But the Telluride does three rows as well as I've seen in an SUV.
The dual moonroof is becoming a standard thing on the higher trim levels of SUVs. For a vehicle as big as the Telluride, they prevent the cabin from taking on a cave-like gloom.Advertisement
The all-motor (No turbos!) V6 communicated blissfully with the eight-speed automatic and the all-wheel-drive system.
Kia is currently selling what I consider to be one of the top infotainment systems on the market. The 10-inch central touchscreen is nearly perfect, and the use of old-school buttons, knobs, and switches is welcome.Advertisement
The verdict is that I can't think of a single good reason to tell you NOT to run right out and buy a Kia Telluride if you need three rows and don't want a minivan.
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