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2020 Kia Telluride: the big new SUV


2020 Kia Telluride: the big new SUV
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Kia’s first big three-row crossover SUV (let’s all try to forget about the brief appearance of the 2009 Borrego), the Telluride seats seven or eight. It’s set to top the South Korean brand’s range of SUVs despite the company insisting it’s a mid-size model, going up against things like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Passport. But it’s not conventionally mid-size; the Telluride is on the big end of the mid-size group, much closer in size to the Volkswagen Atlas or Chevrolet Traverse. It has more passenger room even than a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. If this is mid-size, I can’t imagine what a full-size crossover would look like. (source: cars.com)
Good Looks
It certainly looks the part of a full-size SUV. If comments from passersby and onlookers are anything to go by, the new Telluride is a styling hit from front to back. That big tiger-nose grille is flanked by LED running lights (white on most trims, amber on the sporty SX), and the clean body sides end in a downward swoop to the taillights that’s distinctive and modern. There are definitely elements from other automakers in the styling.

Comfortable, Spacious and Well-Appointed

Inside, the Telluride is spacious, quiet and comfortable. The front seats have excellent thigh support, plenty of width and just enough bolstering to keep you in place without being too flat or padded. Materials quality is outstanding throughout, and the top-level SX trim is impressive in that none of the metal or wood trim is real, but damned if you won’t think it is. Genuine Nappa leather covers those comfortable seats, of which there are seven or eight depending on which seating option you choose. It’s a nicer environment than Chevy has concocted for the High Country trim of the Traverse, and it feels better than the Subaru’s top trim, but the Honda Pilot Elite edges it out in some tactile surface quality. (source: kia.ca)

Lots of Space

The Telluride is one of the biggest crossover SUVs on the market, and that shows up in space comparisons. Cargo room behind the third row of seats is 21 cubic feet, second only to the massive Chevy Traverse, which has 23 cubic feet. Fold the third row down and you increase space to 46 cubic feet, about on par with the Pilot (46.8 cubic feet) and Ascent (47.5 cubic feet) but falling short of the Traverse (57.8 cubic feet). Fold all rows flat and the Telluride checks in at 87 cubic feet, about matching the Ascent’s 86.5 cubic feet, besting the Pilot’s 83.9 cubic feet and getting soundly trounced by the cavernous Traverse’s 98.2 cubic feet of cargo room. Point being, you’re unlikely to run out of room for people or stuff in the Telluride. (source: cars.com)

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