2020 Kia Telluride

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2020 Kia Telluride Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 17, 2020
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Amratya Nigam

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Grand SUVs have always found a soft spot in every American's heart. Maybe this is why there isn't a single manufacturer left out of the SUV business. Adhering to this notion, the Korean carmaker - Kia has come up with the 2020 Telluride and given it some good old American bulk as a major design trait. Eyeing the 7 seater SUV clientele, the Telluride looks to patch the Kia Sorento’s sales graph decline. Though the latter was a perfect and reliable SUV, the Sorento's cramped third-row space and small cargo capacity were a couple of factors that dragged its sales numbers down.

2020 Kia Telluride off road wallpaper
The 2020 Telluride represents the Summit of Kia's SUV lineup

Now when Hyundai saw this happening with their sister, they loaned one of its recently developed SUVs - The Hyundai Palisade, to Kia so that they can rectify their mistakes. Kia did their part very well. They learned from their mistakes, corrected them and even bested the Hyundai’s Palisade with the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride. So, this Kia carries forward that was already a hit for Hyundai and improvised even further. Now, that is some good teamwork right there. However, can this Korean mammoth make some space in the rather crowded segment? Read on to find out!

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Which Kia Telluride trim is the best?

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Pros

V6 unit standard across the lineup

Impressive towing capability

Lots of standard equipment

Comfortable Ride quality

Cons

Less in-cabin storage options

Sluggish acceleration

What's New?

Completely new model introduced for 2020


2020 Kia Telluride Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31890

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

141 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

231 cu.in.

horsepower

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lbs.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4/13.4

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

67.6 in.

width

78.3 in.

height

68.9 in.

curb weight

4211 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

87 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1565 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/26/23 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Ebony Black

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Ratings

Features

9.1

Engine And Performance

6.1

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Kia Telluride LX

LX

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$31,890 - $33,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,890 MSRP (20/23/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 8
LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $33,890 MSRP (20/23/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

2020 Kia Telluride S

S

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$34,290 - $36,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,290 MSRP (20/23/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,290 MSRP (20/23/26) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

2020 Kia Telluride EX

EX

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$37,290 - $39,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,290 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 8
EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,290 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

2020 Kia Telluride SX

SX

power
291 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$41,790 - $43,790


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $41,790 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 7
SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,790 MSRP (19/21/24) 291 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


The 2020 Kia Telluride is the largest vehicle to walk out of the Korean's production chamber. It has a massive road presence and sports a typical SUV silhouette. As brawny as it looks on the outside, the Kia follows a subtle and calm theme inside. There's no complain on the feature front either, but that's already expected off a Kia. Loaded with some best-in-class features and a potent powertrain under the hood, the Kia Telluride surely means serious business.

If you're worried about the build quality and reliability, let's not forget that the Kia Telluride has been awarded the "World Car Of The Year 2020". As evident, with the Telluride, Kia has come all guns blazing into the segment. It takes the battle directly to the likes of Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, and its own cousin - the Hyundai Palisade. With prices starting at $31,460 for the base Telluride, can Kia make a name for themselves in the big SUV business? Let’s move ahead and find out.

The Telluride flaunts a chrome Kia Tiger Nose Grille
The tailights of the Kia Telluride are very character defining

9.1/10
Features

 

6.1/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Kia Telluride Features

9.1/10

Treading on the same lines as the Palisade, Telluride is offered in four trims, namely, LX, S, EX, and the top-trim SX. Each of these trims can be either mated to a front-wheel-drive system (FWD) or an all-wheel (AWD) one. What makes this Kia stand out, however, is the fact that it offers a host of features as standard across the lineup. 

Various optional paint schemes offered for the 2020 Kia Telluride

The base trim “LX” flaunts various standard features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Rear Blind-Spot Collision system, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, and much more. Though, some upscale features such as the more premium 20-inch alloy wheels with black finish and Voice Control system have been reserved for the top-end trim only.

While you might be hesitant to consider the base variant, let us remind you that the Koreans are quite generous in offering standard features in their vehicles. Hence, the base trim “LX” has been well-loaded with everything, starting from entertainment and comfort needs all the way to some best-in-class safety tech.

Trim

LX

S

EX

SX

MSRP (FWD)

$31,890

$34,290

$37,290

$41,790

MSRP (AWD)

$33,890

$36,290

$39,290

$43,790

Key Features

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Adds/Upgrades to LX

Adds/Upgrades to S 

Adds/Upgrades to EX

  8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment 20-inch Alloy wheels 18-inch Alloy Wheels machine finished 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black
 

Automatic Projector-Beam Headlamps

LED positioning lights

Ventilated front seats

64-color mood lighting

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Reverse Parking distance warning

Leather seats

Blind Spot view monitor

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Enhanced navigation system

High beam assist

 

Sound-absorbing windshield glass

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Smart powered liftgate

Harman Kardon 10-speaker audio system

 

 

Second-row Captain Chairs

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment

7.0-inch infotainment in the meter console

Which trim to go for?

The second-to-top trim, “EX” makes the best value for money. You get everything with the SUV and more. However, depending on your priorities, if you are going to spend most of your time with the Telluride on well-paved roads, we’d suggest you go with the optional 20-inch wheels which certainly do justice to the massive road presence of the car. Furthermore, the optional Harman Kardon 10-speaker set will only make the Telluride’s personality more inviting.

2020 Kia Telluride Engine and Performance

6.1/10

The similarities between the Palisade and Telluride run deeper than the skin. Under the bonnet of the 2020 Kia Telluride resides the same 3.8-liter, naturally aspirated V6 pumping 291 hp of power and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. All that power form the V6 is sent to the front two-wheels by default but you can opt for the all-wheel-drive unit. That optional drivetrain does not affect performance by much but definitely makes handling the Telluride much easier.

The Kia Telluride's 3.8L V6 engine is not going to appeal to the aficionados

While the numbers sound intriguing, we hate to break it to you that the Telluride isn't. There is definitely enough power to entertain yourself but that is about it. The engine in the Telluride is more inclined towards being calm and composed rather than being eager to rev. But it gets the job done together with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is quite precise. The AWD setup makes overtaking more fun as opposed to the standard FWD.

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

MSRP 

$31,890

$31,550

$30,995

$31,550

Engine

3.8L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain FWD/AWD FWD/AWD FWD/AWD FWD/AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Shiftable Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

291 hp @ 6,000 rpm 

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

310 hp @ 6,800 rpm

291 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm

Since Hyundai and Kia share the same powertrain, we really cannot say who is better. The Traverse, however, trumps the Korean cousins with the maximum power and torque figures. The Honda Pilot comes out to be the most underpowered one here. That said, the story might change once the weight factor is considered.

How quickly can the Kia Telluride go from 0-60 mph?

Like already mentioned, the Kia Telluride surely feels like it could use an extra helping of torque. This SUV is big and heavy. So getting off the line in a jiffy is a bit far fetched. The 2020 Kia Telluride can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a span of 7.2 seconds and can clear the quarter-mile mark in 15.4 seconds. The sprinting figures are definitely not something that may rejoice you. However, the only upside here is the fact that there is no turbo-lag. Consequently, inputs are met with a proportional response. Only, the responses are not as instant as one might like.

2020 Kia Telluride can go from 0-60 MPH in 7.2 seconds

Thankfully, the eight-speed automatic gearbox is a boon. It is always judicious with shifts and knows what cog to grab and when. Hence, the Telluride definitely starts to feel more lively as the revs start to climb. Thus making it a competent highway rider.

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

0-60 MPH

7.2 Sec

5.9 Sec

7.1 Sec

6.9 Sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 Sec

14.4 Sec

15.5 Sec

15.1 Sec

Top Speed 141 MPH 133 MPH 130 MPH 130 MPH

Engine

3.8L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

3.8L, Naturally Aspirated, V6

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 
7.6 8.4 8.8 8.4

Both the Koreans share the same powertrain. Still, the Palisade comes ahead of the Telluride, going from 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. This results from the Telluride’s extra weight. That said, the Honda Pilot emerges as the crown bearer here. It is the lightest contender of the lot and accelerates accordingly. Talking about weight, the heaviest SUV here, Chevrolet Traverse, finishes last in a quarter-mile drag. 

How quickly can the Kia Telluride stop from 60-0 mph?

For a vehicle tipping the scales at over 4,000 pounds, braking becomes a necessary concern. Impressively enough, the Kia Telluride has got that completely sorted. Sure, the way it picks up speed would make an enthusiast cringe but they would not be complaining once they set the other foot on the brake pedal. The Kia Telluride decelerates from a 60-0 mph in a distance of 120 feet. This figure is really surprising for such a heavy vehicle, however, it's the big set of brake rotors doing their wizardry here. The Kia Telluride gets 13.4-inch front brake rotors and 12-inch ones at the rear. 

2020 Kia Telluride SUV gets a 13.4-inch front brake rotor

The brake pedal is wide and flat. It practically feels like a foot-board. Even the bite from the rotors is healthy and gradual. However, during a panic stop, this behemoth dives like a dolphin. The Telluride's soft suspension setup is primarily focused on providing a relaxed ride. 

Model

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Brake Rotors Front (in)

13.4

12.6

12.6

13.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.0

13.0

12.4

12.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,354

4,036

4,362

4,231

60-0 MPH (ft)

120

123

130

126

As is expected, the Chevrolet Traverse is the slowest to come to a halt, decelerating from 60-0 in a distance of 130 feet. Surprisingly, the Telluride outshines the much lighter Honda Pilot and all the others in this comparison to be the quickest to shed speed. Not even the Palisade, which manages to accelerate faster as it is lighter, can stop as effectively as the Telluride.

How well does the Kia Telluride ride and handle?

How well can you expect an over 4,000 pound, 8-seater Kia to handle? Well, let's just say that it is better suited to those who are yet to measure the depth of their accelerator pedal. Throw the Telluride around a twisty and you’ll understand what we are talking about. You’ll be juggled around the seats, and if you still continue with it, you might even get motion-sickness!

The Kia Telluride is not meant for cornering frenzies but provides a comfortable ride quality

However, Kia has nailed the comfort counterpart of the ride quality in Telluride. It feels planted on a straight line and the steering feedback is fairly balanced too. The suspension is inclined towards a softer side, though. As big as the Telluride might be on the outside, this feeling completely changes if you get behind the steering wheel. It feels easy to navigate and the visibility outside is just phenomenal. Utility coupled with luxury and tech is what sums up the Kia Telluride.

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2020 Kia Telluride Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The 2020 Kia Telluride, in an FWD configuration, churns out 20 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. The AWD variant of the Telluride squeezes the numbers down to 19 MPG and 24 MPG in the city and on the highway respectively. Summing up these figures, the Kia Telluride gets a combined mpg of 23 MPG in the FWD setup and 21 MPG in AWD. Lesser gear shifts and clutch applications enable better fuel efficiency for the Kia Telluride. However, the same cannot be said about the all-wheel-drive Telluride.

With a total range of 432 miles, the 2020 Kia Telluride can take you far away from the urban jungle 

Its AWD variant consumes more fuel than the former for very obvious reasons that the V6 on this one drives all four wheels. However, Kia's priorities have been clear since the beginning. The 3.8L motor under the Telluride's hood was never developed to challenge anyone for a drag race which is why it isn't really eager to get off the line either. This unit is refined, maintains a calm composure, and barely makes any noise despite the V6 setup.

Model

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

MPG (City)

20

20

18

19

MPG (Highway)

26

27

27

26

MPG (Combined)

23

23

21

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.8 19.5 N/A 18.8
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 376/489/432 371/527/449 N/A 357/489/396

The Telluride, in spite of a V6 engine, manages to surpass most of the rivals here. It gulps the least fuel of the lot. In fact, its Korean twin is also pushed back to the second position. The Honda comes in at third but its larger fuel tank improves overall range quite significantly.

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

The massive dimensions of the Telluride translate to an equally spacious environment inside. Kia has outfitted it with plush seats surrounded with large bolsters. The Dashboard sports a clean, luxurious look which certainly plays a big part in swaying customers towards it. The dash has been well put-together with premium fitments enhancing the whole lux appeal of the cabin.

The 2020 Kia Telluride's dash is one of the classiest in the segment

The ones on the top-trims are even wrapped in leather. The large bolsters effectively contain the body roll, but that’s only limited to a certain extent. They won’t be of much use when this Kia is driven with intent. That said, the front seats are spacious and encourage occupants to spend hours on them. The heating and ventilation just add to the comfort forte of the Kia Telluride's interior.

The Kia Telluride gets comfy seats surrounded with large bolsters

The other two rows are equally matched. They are easy to access and surprisingly, there is enough room for the third-row passengers as well, which is a rare sight. Furthermore, the large doors and the low-slung height of the footstep enable easy ingress and egress for the passengers.

Model

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Seating Capacity

7/8

8

7

7

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

40.9/61.6/41.4

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.7/61.2/44.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

40.2/61.2/42.4

40.2/68.0/38.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

40.1/60.8/42.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.9/44.6/31.9

38.2/48.5/33.5

37.8/55.2/31.4

There’s not a lot of difference between the rivals too. They are all equally matched but for the Chevrolet Traverse trumps everyone else in the lot with the most spacious interior. The Telluride is just a tad more spacious than its twin sibling the Palisade, while the Honda is left for the last.

How feature-loaded is the Kia Telluride's Infotainment system?

Kia has incorporated two different systems in the Telluride lineup. The base trims feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is just at par with the rivals. It comes mated to an 8-speaker setup which is again just mediocre.

Kia Telluride gets a 10.25-inch infotainment panel that runs Kia's UVO system

The real deal is the bigger 10.25-inch unit that features high-definition colors and is more intuitive than the former. This one has been limited to the top-trim only and is mated to a 10-speaker unit from Harman Kardon. That said Some outstanding features of the infotainment system are :

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Display for the rear-view camera
  • Bluetooth music streaming
  • Voice-recognition system
  • 6 speakers
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Radio data system
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite with seek-scan

How much Cargo Capacity does the 2020 Kia Telluride have?

The Telluride is amongst the toppers in this segment. It sports a massive cargo-carrying capacity which further maximizes when the second and third rows are folded down. Even if you want to utilize all of the seats, you can still use a volume of 21 cu.ft in the cargo area with the third row up. That, simply put, is best-in-class.

Not traveling light this time? Fret not, Kia Telluride has got you covered

This 21 cubic feet of cargo space is more than sufficient to carry the luggage of your entire family for a weekend getaway. However, in times when you are not really traveling light, the Kia Telluride's cargo volume to seat 2 can come to the rescue and can help you with 46 cubic feet of space at your disposal. Fold-down the second row as well and you end up with 87 cubic feet of space with is an exceptional figure. 

Model

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Cargo Capacity (with all rows upright) (ft3)

21.0

16.5

23.0

18.0

Cargo Capacity (with third row folded) (ft3)

46.0

46.8

57.8

45.8

Cargo Capacity (with second row folded) (ft3)

87.0

83.9

98.2

86.4

The Traverse emerges as the champion in this comparison. A total space of 98.2 cu.ft is just outstanding for the segment. No one comes close to it. The second position is taken by the Kia which is just inches ahead of its twin. The Honda Pilot concludes this comparison with a total cargo space of around 84 cubic feet.

What are the most noteworthy convenience features on offer in the Kia Telluride?

Some of the key highlights of Kia Telluride’s interior that make it a happening place to be are:

  • Mood Lighting
  • Head-up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Rear side-window sunshades
  • 5 USB charging ports
  • 4 12V DC power outlets
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Front cupholders
  • Rear air conditioning with separate controls
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Emergency communication system
  • Valet function

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2020 Kia Telluride SUV Dashboard
2020 Kia Telluride SUV Front Seats
2020 Kia Telluride SUV Front Seats
2020 Kia Telluride SUV Rear Seats
2020 Kia Telluride SUV Steering
2020 Kia Telluride SUV AC Vents
2020 Kia Telluride SUV Center console

2020 Kia Telluride Exterior

7.0/10

The Telluride is Kia’s first attempt in making a large SUV blown up to such big dimensions. Though they had the Palisade’s help in their homework, some of the design cues have been very well introduced by Kia themselves. In fact, this time, the Palisade can learn a few things about exterior design from Telluride.

The Telluride follows a typical SUV-like silhouette with the upright C-pillars and a big, big hood at the front. Clearly, Kia seems to have studied American priorities very well. The LED DRLs and the bi-xenon projector lamps look handsome. The upright front grille also adds to the overall presence.

The Kia Telluride gets black bodyside cladding, that further accentuate its SUV vibe

Come to the side and it has that baller SUV look. It is long, has big wheels arcs, and stands upright. The chrome outline around the glass-panes really escalates the lux-appeal of the car. All in all, we do not have any complaints about the exterior design of the Kia.

Model

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot 

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,354

4,036

4,362

4,231

Length (in)

196.9

196.5

204.3

196.1

Width (in)

78.3

78.6

78.6

77.8

Height (in)

68.9

70.6

70.7

68.9

Ground Clearance (in)

8.0

7.3

7.2

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

114.2

111.0

120.9

114.2

The Traverse with its massive dimensions outshines every other rival here. The Telluride and the Palisade stack up head-to-head with each other, thus, leaving the Honda Pilot at the last.

What are the Kia Telluride's most noticeable exterior features?

The Telluride is a handsome SUV that flaunts a lot of special touches to its exterior. Some of them that really set it a class apart are:

  • LED projector-beam headlights
  • Dual Sunroofs
  • 20-inch Alloy wheels
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Shark-fin antenna
  • Sound-absorbing front windshield
  • Satin chrome surround around windows
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Body-colored front bumper with black rub strip
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Wheel well moldings
  • Metal-look grille
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Black rear bumper with metal-look rub strip

2020 Kia Telluride Safety

7.0/10

Being the latest addition to the Kia family, the NHTSA is yet to inspect the build quality of the Telluride. IIHS, on the other hand, has tested it and as expected from any Kia, Telluride has performed well. It has obtained “Good” ratings in most of the parameters. This results from the long list of safety features in the Telluride that are offered as standard across all trims. Some of them, however, which are exclusive to the top trim are more than what you could ask for. Some of these features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Hill-start assist control
  • Downhill brake control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Blind Spot View Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adjustable front head restraints with tilt
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Side-impact bars
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Daytime running lights
  • ABS
  • 7 airbags
  • Panic alarm
  • Brake assist
  • Tracker system

2020 Kia Telluride Competition

Kia Telluride vs Honda Pilot

Honda has garnered immense love for their products over a long period of time. The Pilot is among the most favorites and why not? It brought a perfect 7-seater utilitarian with Honda's unmatched reliability for a friendly price bracket. While the Sorento struggled to catch Pilot’s attention, we believe that the Telluride is here to change things. This Kia is larger, spacious and a better utilitarian of the two. Further sweetening the deal is the price of the Telluride. While the base trim prices are quite similar, the Pilot tops out at around $50,000 and the Telluride offers the same features and then more in under $45k. We believe that the Kia is the better option between the two.

2020 Honda Pilot 

Kia Telluride vs Chevrolet Traverse

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is a pretty capable SUV that offers more space than any of the rivals in the segment. Yes, not even the Telluride is as big as this humongous Chevy. It is miles longer and wider than the Kia and also the Chevy Traverse packs quite a punch under the hood. The gearbox on the Kia is slightly better though. That said, the Traverse’s interiors depict American ruggedness while the Telluride’s interiors follow a more subtle design language. If you just need to spend most of the hours cruising at constant speeds and could not care less for what's under the hood, we believe that the Telluride should be your pick over the Traverse.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse 

Kia Telluride vs Hyundai Palisade

The Korean twins have been brought up together, with the Palisade just inching ahead by a year for the “elder” tag. Telluride has been completely based on the Palisade with some mistakes that the Palisade made, corrected. The Kia offers a better fit and finish inside, gets good fuel economy, has more features and a lot of additional techs too. However, the Palisade has the advantage of a more friendly price tag. If you don't mind the extra premium over the Palisade’s MSRP, we think that the Kia is a better pick out of the two.

2020 Hyundai Palisade 

2020 Kia Telluride Final Verdict

Kia has spent quite some time in understanding the SUV preferences of the American market. While they thought the Sorento could give its rivals a run for their money, the plan went otherwise. Now with Hyundai’s help, and after some more R&D, we believe that the Telluride is bang on point. The Telluride, for the price it demands, offers more than what you could ask for. As much as we think it is a perfect value for money, the petrolheads might think otherwise, which holds true. The Telluride isn’t meant to go bonkers on a drag strip. If performance is what sways you, then the Telluride is not what you are looking for. For everything else, the Telluride is the answer.

 

2020 Kia Telluride FAQs:

Does the Kia Telluride come with Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto?

Yes, Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto are standard across the board and it does not matter if you go for the lower trims with the 8-inch infotainment or the top-of-the-line variant with the 10.25-inch infotainment, both the systems have support them.

How far can the Kia Telluride go on a single tank of fuel?

The Kia Telluride is equipped with an 18.8-gallon fuel tank and can offer up to 488 miles of range when driven efficiently motorways, but in bumper to bumper traffic or city driving the range drops down to 357 miles due to reduced fuel efficiency.

How much boot space does the Kia Telluride offer?

The Kia Telluride offers 21 cubic feet of space behind the third row but the folding seats mean that space can be increased drastically on demand. With the third row of seats folded down, it offers 46.0 cubic feet of space and with both the second and the third row folded down, the Palisade offers 87 cubic feet of cargo space.

 

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2020 Kia Telluride Overall Reviews


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Daryl M. Bradbury

2020 Kia Telluride

LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

2020 Kia Telluride

Pros - Acceleration is good, cost to own, spacious

Cons - Headlights are not bright enough

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

One thing is sure I was not expecting it to be this good. Not gonna lie, I bought it just for the looks. Ride quality and power were not even on my mind and what a great surprise it was. Yes, looks are still the best but the whole driving experience is not far behind in that list.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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David M. Cuthbert

2020 Kia Telluride

SX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

SUV that does it all

Pros - Warranty, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor

Cons - Too many options

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Good acceleration and linear power delivery with no jerks whatsoever makes it the perfect vehicle for traffic as well as highways.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
2/10
Dealer Review

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Steve M. Silvia

2020 Kia Telluride

EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Smooth and fun

Pros - Smooth power delivery, mpg, value for money

Cons - Cargo space, infotainment

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Smooth and comfortable. These two words perfectly sum up the driving experience of Telluride.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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10

User Overall Rating

2020 Kia Telluride

One thing is sure I was not expecting it to be this good. Not gonna lie, I bought it just for the looks. Ride quality and power were not even on my mind and what a great surprise it was. Yes, looks are still the best but the whole driving experience is not far behind in that list.

by Daryl M. Bradbury

10

User Overall Rating

SUV that does it all

Good acceleration and linear power delivery with no jerks whatsoever makes it the perfect vehicle for traffic as well as highways.

by David M. Cuthbert

10

User Overall Rating

Smooth and fun

Smooth and comfortable. These two words perfectly sum up the driving experience of Telluride.

by Steve M. Silvia

9

User Overall Rating

Great SUV at all fronts

SUV that has all-performance, looks, design, and practicality. If we are talking strictly on the driving experience it is pure FUN! I was not expecting it to be so good. Handling is already superb and add this lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control to the equation and it is the best SUV for all family and solo trips short and long.

by Tonya M. Hawkins

1

User Overall Rating

Kia Telluride is a LEMON

Doesn't matter how it drives. I have 840 miles on it and already changed the windshield once. While driving at 30 mph on I-95 coming back from Dan's Place, the windshield started to crack from top without anything hitting it whatsoever. Within 10 minutes, it had spread to the far right side like a web. I went to the dealership rightaway and they denied it cracking on its own and kept saying someth...

by Cathy Giffin

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