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.