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Built to make its mark in the three-row SUV segment, the 2020 Telluride has a lot to offer.

This becomes especially true as you compare its specifications, as we will here, to a segment featuring well established vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, Subaru Ascent, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, VW Atlas and Ford Explorer.

Wheelbase grew a few inches, outpacing the Pilot, and Highlander by 3-4 inches, allowing for more legroom with headroom and shoulder room varying enough to consider how much room your 2nd and 3rd row passengers need.

Similar considerations can be made with other rivals, but not so much with front row dimensions that are almost consistent throughout the segment and its class-leading 178.1 cu.ft of maximum cargo volume.

Powertrain and drivetrain options, or the lack of them, result in combined gas mileage, horsepower, torque, gear ratios, and overall performance that isn't impressive, neither disappointing at 21-23 mpg's combined. Instead it performs above average, mainly bested by rivals like CX-9 (26-28 mpg's combined) and Ascent (27 mpg's combined) with new turbocharged four-cylinder engines as V6's replacements.

Starting from $31,690 the Telluride is reasonably priced, coming close to the Ascent ($31,995), Pilot ($31,450), Passport ($31, 990), Highlander ($31,530). With the CX-9 ($32,280) and Explorer ($32,365) priced higher. Cheaper options are the Traverse ($29,930), Acadia ($29,000) and Atlas ($30,895).

If the Telluride still interests you, digging deeper into its specifications, most consumers should be pleased with the 10.25" touchscreen display, optional second row captain chairs, a host of advanced active safety systems, drive modes to fine tune the powertrain and drivetrain for your needs, its 5,000 lbs tow rating, luxurious interior appointments, and many more that come at premium but well worth the trade off.

2020 Kia Telluride LX Highlights
Starting MSRP: $31,060

Exterior:
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Painted Finish
  • Positioning Lights, LED
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • Sound-Absorbing Windshield Glass
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Park Distance Warning - Reverse (PDW-R)

Interior:
  • UVO link w/ 8.0-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • SOFINO Leatherette Seat Trim
  • USB Charger Ports, 5 Total
  • One-Touch Sliding & Folding 2nd-Row Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)

Specs:
  • 8 Passenger Seating
  • Towing Capacity5,000 lbs.
  • Engine: 3.8L V6 w/ 291 hp
  • Electronically Controlled 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto-Hold
  • Available All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

2020 Kia Telluride S Highlights
Starting MSRP: $33,990

Exterior:
  • 20-inch Alloy Wheels, Machine Finish
  • Power Sunroof
  • Front Grille, Dark Metallic
  • Low Profile Roof Rails, Silver Finish
  • Dual Chrome Exhaust Tips
  • Front and Rear Skid Plate, Silver Finish

Interior:
  • Heated Front Seats
  • 10-Way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat, w/ 2-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • 7 Passenger Seating w/ 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs
  • LED Map and Room Lights
  • Leather Gearshift Knob

Specs:
  • 7 Passenger Seating w/ 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs
  • Towing Capacity5,000 lbs.
  • Engine: 3.8L V6 w/ 291 hp
  • Electronically Controlled 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto-Hold
  • Available All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

2020 Kia Telluride EX Highlights
Starting MSRP: $37,090

Exterior:
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Machined Finish
  • Rear Combination Lights, LED
  • Smart Power Liftgate™
  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Available Tow Hitch
  • Available Self-Leveling Rear Suspension

Interior:
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • 8-Way Power-Adjustable Passenger's Seat
  • UVO link w/ Navigation, Remote Features, and 10.25-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • Driver Talk
  • Quiet Mode
  • Integrated 2nd-Row Window Sunshades

Specs:
  • 8 Passenger Seating
  • Towing Capacity5,000 lbs.
  • Engine: 3.8L V6 w/ 291 hp
  • Electronically Controlled 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto-Hold
  • Available All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

2020 Kia Telluride SX Highlights
Starting MSRP: $41,490

Exterior:
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels, Machined Finish
  • Rear Combination Lights, LED
  • Smart Power Liftgate™
  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Available Tow Hitch
  • Available Self-Leveling Rear Suspension

Interior:
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • 8-Way Power-Adjustable Passenger's Seat
  • UVO link w/ Navigation, Remote Features, and 10.25-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • Driver Talk
  • Quiet Mode
  • Integrated 2nd-Row Window Sunshades

Specs:
  • 8 Passenger Seating
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
  • Engine: 3.8L V6 w/ 291 hp
  • Electronically Controlled 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto-Hold
  • Available All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
 

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The Telluride is a great package at the end of the day, and I think its been priced competitively enough that it will give established rivals some trouble. Doesn't hurt that its one of the best looking vehicles that Kia has made to date.
 
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