Went on contract last night for a white SX AWD Prestige with Black interior. My wife wanted the Dune interior, but as far as we can tell, none have been sent to the west coast since the first wave. Our dealer looked for a month and finally found us the white on black. I'm not sure if it is true, but dealer said that Kia has just issued a moratorium on ordering Prestige models until after the end of the year. A month ago, he said the wait to fulfill an order for an SX was 4 -6 months, depending on the trim level. At that time, he said that he would order one for us, but couldn't give us a delivery date. Now he says he can't even order what we want. Seems to me that Kia highly underestimated the market, but I guess they wanted to avoid another "Stinger Debacle".
I tried to bargain the price down and the dealer laughed at me. Said that he had 5 more people in line after me for the one that was coming. Said if I didn't want to pay that price, it was Ok. He was fine if I walked out... Only paid $2k dealer mark up, (places I talked to in Orange County were up to $13k mark-up.) Total out the door was $55k (incl: Cali tax and lic. and a $1k loyalty discount).
We are stepping down (or up maybe) from a MB product, so I'm hoping that the Telluride holds up to the hype. We have never actually seen an SX Prestige except on the interwebs and only test driven a FWD model. Base trim LX's are the only things that stay on the lots out here for more than a day after they arrive.
I was happy to find a Telluride Forum out on the web. Thanks to whoever started it. Nothing like a growing community to share ideas on a focused topic.