What the critics say
The 2020 Kia Telluride
Detroit Free Press
“The first great SUV of the year just arrived at your Kia dealership.” Kia’s largest vehicle yet can seat seven or eight, and it looks and rides like a luxury SUV—but at a far lower price. Built in America, the three-row people mover is slightly longer than direct rivals such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse, but it “drives like a smaller vehicle,” it’s loaded with safety and driver-assistance features, and it has an “exceptionally quiet” cabin.
This is a midsize SUV designed with comfort in mind, and on the road, “the Telluride is a rolling couch.” You feel some bumps, of course, “but the outside world mainly exists as an illusion.” Cargo space is expansive, power outlets are everywhere, and though the center console is “a complicated mess,” that’s a fair trade-off for all the tech that comes standard. The engine, meanwhile, “packs a punch.” A 291-hp V-6 that averages 26 mpg, it’s “more than capable at highway speeds.”
The Telluride’s main draw will be its styling. Among so many nondescript family haulers, “it’s the cool dad in a leather jacket standing next to the schlub in wrinkled khakis.” Once you add practicality, comfort, and a generous warranty, “it’s hard to consider the 2020 Kia Telluride as anything but one of the best choices in the three-row crossover segment.”