Kia's Telluride is a formidable competitor in the midsized three-row SUV segment. It did so well in our testing that it vaulted its way nearly to the top of the standings, thanks to its refined driving experience, user-friendly controls, thoughtful features, and vast cargo room. The Telluride may not offer a lot of “wow factor,” but we were impressed by its overall competence and standard equipment for the price.
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Kia Telluride Road Test

Kia's Telluride is a formidable competitor in the midsized three-row SUV segment. It did so well in our testing that it vaulted its way nearly to the top of the standings, thanks to its refined driving experience, user-friendly controls, thoughtful features, and vast cargo room. The Telluride may not offer a lot of “wow factor,” but we were impressed by its overall competence and standard equipment for the price.

Unlike Kia's smaller three-row SUV, the Sorento, the Telluride lines up much better against rivals such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent.

The driving experience is highlighted by a V6 engine that provides readily accessible power and works well with the responsive, smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. We measured fuel economy at 21 mpg overall, which is good but not class-leading.

Best Version to Get
For the best balance of comfort, luxury, and convenience, we suggest opting for the EX version. It brings desirable items such as three-zone automatic climate control, a bigger infotainment touch screen, leather interior with heated and ventilated front seats, and a sunroof.
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4-door SUV EX V6-cyl 8-speed Automatic
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