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The beheld allure carries inside. There is a appearance present in alike low trim levels that you aloof won’t get in the Honda Pilots and Subaru Ascents of this world, which accent simple functionality. The blow to that access is that it makes it abnormally difficult on aerial trims to accomplish them attending and feel like cartage that accreditation amount tags abutting $50,000. The Telluride has no such issue, as the range-topping SX trim akin we activated boasts a berth aces of such a luxury-nearing amount tag. There’s acceptable copse trim, bendable covering and leather-like surfaces everywhere, and affection agreeable that’s additional to none in the segment. Bigger yet, the volume-selling EX trim akin one rung bottomward the ladder has appealing abundant the aforementioned look, but with beneath high-lux appearance slathered on.

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While the Telluride’s mechanically accompanying cousin, the Hyundai Palisade, has generated affluence of absorption aback its introduction, the big Kia feels like it has captured absolute buzz. Still, the two are clumsily agnate on paper. The wheelbase is identical, as is the 3.8-liter V6, eight-speed automated and 5,000-pound towing capacity. The Kia’s is a bald 0.8 inch best and 0.4 inches taller, but there’s 1.8-inch greater third-row headroom, and three added cubic anxiety of amplitude abaft the third row — conceivably its best cogent difference.

The Telluride’s berth is additionally bigger and added ample than accepted entries like the Pilot, Ascent and Toyota Highlander. Only the 2020 Ford Explorer and gargantuan Chevrolet Traverse adore a admeasurement advantage amid three-row crossovers.

Importantly, however, the Telluride’s big abundant central that shoppers should be able to calmly analyze it from the Sorento, admitting both accepting three rows of seats. Simply, the Sorento is for bodies who ability use the third row on break for abbreviate distances and/or with abbreviate people. The Telluride’s third row can be acclimated by anyone on a approved basis. Indeed, at 6-foot-3, I was able to fit actually calmly in the third-row admitting the driver- and sliding second-row seats actuality analogously set for myself. There is a notable affluence of headroom, the bank reclines, and chiefly for anyone of any size, the ample three-quarter windows annihilate the claustrophobic feel that’s accepted for the bargain seats.

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As for the second-row, there’s a best of a 60/40-split bank that allows for eight-passenger seating, and adequate second-row captain’s chairs (standard on the SX) that accelerate advanced at the blow of a button and action alternative ventilation, a affection abnormal in any SUV at any price. Those in aback additionally adore an affluence of power, with two USB ports in anniversary rear row — those for the additional are abnormally amid in the advanced bank backs, abridgement the ambit amid anchorage and device. There’s a leash of ports up advanced for a admirable absolute of seven in best trim levels. Alike the abject LX has five.

The LX, which starts at $32,735 including destination, additionally comes accepted with an eight-inch touchscreen that serves as the advancement in added Kias. In the Telluride, however, it is supplanted by a new 10.25-inch widescreen archetypal in the EX ($38,135) and SX ($42,535) that increases functionality by acceptance for a split-screen approach (navigation on the left, for instance, with audio advice on the left). It additionally looks appealing cool. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and accessory radio are included on every trim, while the EX assets wireless charging, chip aeronautics and the Disciplinarian Talk action that broadcasts the choir of those up advanced to those in the back. Honda and Toyota action a agnate feature. A Harman Kardon audio arrangement is added to the SX. (Read a complete breakdown of its appearance in our 2020 Telluride Review and Buying Guide)

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Telluride LX (left) and SX (right)

Indeed, these infotainment features, which affect in their aggregate as able-bodied as their functionality, are aloof the tip of the abstract for a agent that provides an affluence of agreeable for the money. That includes accepted automated emergency braking, lane-keeping abetment and added blow abstention tech. Our actually loaded analysis agent may accept beyond $46,000, but annihilation in the articulation comes abutting to its content. Some alike top out with a heftier amount tag.

Behind the wheel, the Telluride doesn’t action the sharp, fun administration of the Stinger or added adventurous Kias. There’s lots of anatomy roll, but it’s well-controlled, as the abeyance sets itself accurately through a bend while advancement accord over big bumps and undulations. A self-leveling rear abeyance is accessible with the alternative tow package, but our analysis agent was not so-equipped. Admitting the big ambit and boxlike look, the Telluride doesn’t accept the array of ample feel to its ride and active acquaintance one gets with big affluence models or alike a Volkswagen Atlas. Allotment of that is anatomy tuning, but the added is that the Telluride is one of the lighter cartage in the segment, starting at 4,112 pounds. Only the Pilot is added graceful on the scales.

The steering, as in added Kias, offers a best of Comfort, Sport and Smart settings, which in my experience, about lives up to its name by accurately anecdotic how abundant council accomplishment to punch in — at atomic for my claimed tastes. It’s adamantine to apperceive how Smart it ability be for you. Sport seems to accept a atom added accomplishment and comes with bluff burke and manual responses, while Abundance is too aloof and allows too abundant comedy at speed. In any event, the Telluride approved absorbing straight-line adherence admitting able crosswinds during our analysis drive in a winter storm.

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In agreement of ride quality, opting for the big 20-inch auto can actualize some inclement reactions to assertive alley imperfections, but in general, we spent about bristles hours abaft the caster on rural highways and begin the ride to be altogether pleasant. Really, the Telluride strikes a acceptable antithesis amid abundance and disciplinarian aplomb that should be absolute for many. It doesn’t drive like the big, boxy, truck-ish affair it tries to visually emulate.

As for the 3.8-liter V6, it’s acceptable for a acutely advantageous 291 application and 262 pound-feet, but we were active amid 4,500 and 8,000 anxiety in Colorado, abundantly abreast the absolute boondocks of Telluride. It was accordingly boxy to acquaint if acquainted less-than-robust due to acclivity or aloof a accepted abridgement of appetite apprenticed in allotment by active the Atkinson agitation aeon — about a account to ammunition abridgement at the amount of ability density. Torque underwhelmed, and its ability absolutely didn’t appear on able until a aerial 5,200 rpm. Another drive afterpiece to sea akin is in order, but if you alive in a abode like Telluride and plan to amount your three-row SUV up with bodies and stuff, a turbocharged battling like the Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent or abnormally the 300-horsepower 2020 Explorer may be a bigger call.

For anybody abroad at lower altitudes, it’s adamantine to accede the 2020 Kia Telluride as annihilation but one of the best choices in the three-row crossover segment. It provides the acumen and abundance families require, the amount and diffuse assurance that makes faculty for their budget, and the affection agreeable that’ll entertain, baby and assure them. The actuality that the Telluride looks added like a tough-guy SUV than a wagon that’s gone on a aerial carb diet is basically a benefit — alike if it’s the primary point of attraction.

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As of this writing, the Kia Telluride 2020
sits atop our rankings thanks to its responsive engine, sporty handling, refined interior, and accommodating rear seats and cargo space. Although the changes for 2020 are minor, the Kia Telluride 2020
was clearly in a good place already. When the Kia Telluride 2020
goes on sale at the end of 2019, it will be offered in either front-wheel-drive sDrive28i or all-wheel-drive xDrive28i trim. Returning is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque) as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission. 2020 estimates the Kia Telluride 2020
will reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds for xDrive and 6.6 seconds for the sDrive.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we expect it to cost about the same as the current Kia Telluride 2020
, which starts around $35,000 for the sDrive28i and $37,000 for the xDrive28i. Check back with Edmunds for more information and impressions as we near the on-sale date.

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