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Telluride or Sorento: Which is the better Kia 3-Row?

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Deciding which model to get can be a tough choice. Being a Telluride community there will be a heavy bias towards the obvious but it doesn't represent all of us. At one point I was considering the Sorento. Even with everything new the Telluride has to offer, advantages can be found in the Sorento. Many of my reasons for and against each Kia three-row come close to the breakdown below from KBB.

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2020 Kia Telluride
  • Above Average: A luxurious 7-8 passenger people hauler that can handle the snow.
  • Below Average: Cargo space behind the third row is limited if you are hauling 7-8 people.
  • Consensus: A good-looking 3-row crossover that drives well and comes loaded with safety and convenience features.
  • Advantages: The biggest SUV in Kia's lineup offers the most space for hauling 8 passengers comfortably.
2019 Kia Sorento
  • Above Average: If you want a smaller-than-normal 3-row SUV that costs less, the Kia Sorento is a good choice.
  • Below Average: Because of its smaller size, the Sorento will only hold 7 passengers, towing is capped at 5,000 pounds.
  • Consensus: While it's a little smaller than other 3-row crossovers, it packs a ton of useful room and features for a lower price.
  • Advantages: The Kia Sorento is an affordable way to get a 3-row SUV that can carry 7 people in a pinch.
Verdict:
The Kia Telluride is a welcome addition to the Kia lineup because of its size, amenities and sharp exterior styling. It's a true 3-row SUV that can carry up to eight passengers and has the added bonus of good power from its V6 engine, great handling and a comfortable ride. While it's a capable flagship, it doesn't eliminate the need for a slightly smaller SUV in the form of the Sorento. Featuring a smaller footprint with room for seven (provided that the extra two are more tyke than teen), the Sorento offers value in a solid package that works really well as a 2-row 5-passenger entry that can be used for 3-row duty in a pinch. Both models also benefit from Kia's excellent 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as well the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
 

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Honestly, I just hope Kia's other SUVs start to look at good as the Telluride!
I would like to see the Sorento turn into a sporty stinger-inspired 3rd row SUV. Right now both models are too close to each other and Kia doesn't have enough sporty SUV's. Below that is the Sportage but of course, no 3rd row.
 
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