In recent automotive news, Kia has announced a new vehicle to their lineup called the “Telluride” and it’s exciting! They are gearing up to compete with the Volkswagen Atlas, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. However, do we think the Kia brand is able to do that?
The times where Kia had poor build quality, questionable reliability, and very little popularity are over. Today, Kia is an extraordinary brand competing with highly recognized automotive companies, and honestly… kicking their butts. As we saw with the all new Kia Stinger, the brand has many tricks up their sleeves and we love that.
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a HUGE SUV with bold looks. The market in America has shifted towards big SUVs and foreign automakers have learned to adapt. However, Kia does classify this as a mid-size SUV so they claim not to be competing with a Suburban, but let me tell you it can!
Starting at $31,690 the Telluride comes with a 3.8 Liter V6 pushing 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm with 262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. This is paired to an electronically shifting 8-speed transmission.
Fuel (18.8 gal fuel tank): minimum regular unleaded 87 octane or higher
MPG estimates for the front-wheel drive model: 20 city / 26 highway
MPG estimates for the all-wheel drive model: 19 city / 24 highway
It is worth noting that with some additional equipment you have a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.
As far as interior is concerned, it is very BMW-ish. The dash truly does look like it is out of a BMW, or even a Mercedes. But again, that is a good thing, since you are getting a beautiful design for a great price.
The best part? It comes with Kia’s crazy warranty: 10 years/100,000 miles
Our verdict: You are getting a lot of car for your money with the all new 2020 Kia Telluride. The warranty alone is enough to pull you in, but the overall looks of the vehicle really push you over the edge. The Telluride is bold, big, and well.. really cool! Of course, the more options you add the more expensive this thing gets and you could buy a decently optioned BMW or Mercedes at that point. But you won’t be able to seat 7-8 people, have a massive amount of storage, or come close to the industry-leading warranty that Kia offers.