I was impressed to see a 0-60 time of just 7.1-seconds. Along with other key performance metrics that show the Telluride is a fun and agile mid-size plus SUV.
Performance Specifications from a Telluride SX AWD that C&D tested:
- Zero to 60 mph: 7.1 sec
- Zero to 100 mph: 17.3 sec
- Zero to 130 mph: 38.6 sec
- Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.1 sec
- Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.7 sec
- Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.6 sec
- Standing ¼-mile: 15.4 sec @ 94 mph
- Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
- Braking, 70-0 mph: 162 ft
- Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.81 g
Struts in front and a multilink suspension
in the rear combine with stout anti-roll bars to keep the body mostly flat
, even at its 0.81-g lateral-grip limit. The trade-off for taut body control is a suspension calibration that can feel a bit too tightly wound at times
, as quick impacts and washboard surfaces occasionally throw the chassis out of rhythm. Still, overall ride quality on the 20-inch wheels never deteriorates to the point of discomfort.
The relationship between the leather-wrapped steering
wheel and the Michelin Primacy Tour A/S tires could benefit from couples counseling, but this is true of most large SUVs. At least the steering is precise,
with reasonable on-center feel and adequate heft that ratchets up with the SUV's drive modes. Those modes (Comfort, Eco, Sport, Smart, and-on all-wheel-drive models-Snow) will likewise either speed up or numb the throttle map, and the brake pedal is firm and linear
, stopping the Telly from 70 mph in a notable 162 feet. Brake-based torque vectoring helps the Telluride pivot, granting it an agility that belies its size
The braking system on all-wheel-drive models can also impersonate a pair of limited-slip differentials
, directing torque across the axles to the wheels that can use it best. There's also an AWD Lock function, which evenly distributes torque between axles. With 8.0 inches of ground clearance, the Telluride is capable of tackling the path slightly less traveled.
0-60 & 1/4 Mile
Manually shifting with the console-mounted lever, we coaxed the 4440-pound Telluride to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 94 mph. In sedate use, the eight-speed shifts smoothly on its own; but give the V-6 the spurs and it gets a little flustered
. The engine note is well muffled, though. We measured 75 decibels in the cabin at wide-open throttle.
The Telluride can tow up to 5000 pounds when equipped with the $795 Towing package; although, since the torque is delivered at the upper end of the tach, we're skeptical as to how well this powertrain will react to two and a half tons in tow
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