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.
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.