I've been slowly and patiently shopping for a three row SUV since August 2017 with my wife. There hasn't been a rush obviously, but I've test driven 6 of the Telluride's competitors, compared all their features in an awesome spreadsheet, ruled out several more competitors by learning what I like, and then I rented the Stinger for a week on vacation (through Turo) and I feel pretty confident the Telluride is the one for us. The day it debuted at the fashion show I texted my car friends saying "I think I've found the one" and now with specs and pricing announced I feel even more excited about. My local dealership called me yesterday to say production on their Telluride's started in Georgia on February 15th. While Im not committed yet, I'm pretty hyped. Looking forward to seeing the first dealerships take delivery and see some reviews....weirdly I can't pick a color because they all look just as good, but we're planning to get the top trim SX Presitge, maybe with Black Copper exterior and Dune Brown Nappa Leather Interior, if it's all available.
For reference, we're an entirely VW family for many years now, and I drive a Mk7 GTI, which will be our second car. Excited to go Kia as I feel like they're somewhat groundbreaking in consumer cars nowadays.
Competitors we've driven and its "deal breaker" quality (among many factors in our spreadsheet):
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan (Third Row) SEL Premium: Too small in the third row, too small in general
2018 Ford Explorer Sport: We hate Sync3 infotainment, Slightly slower than expected for a performance variant
2018 Dodge Durango R/T: Feels bigger than it is when driving and parking, slower and heavier feeling than expected for V8hp and premium price
2015 BMW X5 50i (third row): Fast! But no Apple Carplay, No Remote Start, Small like the Tiguan.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium: Felt too spare and light on features for it's $51k price, though its the leader if the Telluride isn't right.
2019 Subaru Ascent: I can't take the CVT, was constantly annoyed while driving it.
Competitors Ruled Out:
Pilot: Too Mini Van
Highlander: Too common
Sorento: Too Round
Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes, Chevy: Badge Repulsion
What are you shopping for against the Telluride? Have you driven one yet? Am I going to hate it? Knowing what I know now, I think I could order one and not look back, but luckily there will be plenty around and I'll be happy to test drive before I put any money down.