2020 Kia Telluride
- All-new model
- Kia's biggest SUV yet
- Seating for seven or eight people
Pros & Cons
- Robust standard V6 with decent towing power
- Spacious interior for large families
- Lots of standard tech and safety features
- Plush ride and well-shaped seats offer all-day comfort
- No available powertrain upgrades
- Less small-item storage in cabin than some competitors
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2020 Kia Telluride Review
For many years, Kia has offered up its Sorento as a choice for shoppers looking for a three-row crossover SUV. As much as we like the Sorento, it comes up short in two important areas: cargo and rear passenger space. That's why we're excited to see the new 2020 Kia Telluride. It addresses those shortcomings with a larger size and a lot more interior capacity.
The Telluride, an all-new three-row midsize SUV, is now Kia's biggest vehicle and about the same size as a Honda Pilot. It can seat up to eight passengers and offers a maximum of 87 cubic feet of cargo capacity. A 291-horsepower V6 is standard as are plenty of advanced driver safety features. The interior design is upscale, and Kia is also offering some family-focused features such as an available driver intercom system. Another draw is the Telluride's bold styling, a rarity in the class.
Even better, Kia has thoughtfully executed just about every aspect of the vehicle. It drives well, has plenty of utility and a pleasant passenger space, and offers up just about all the features we expect from this class of vehicle. In higher trim levels, it becomes an even more appealing near-luxury choice, delivering a premium experience. If you're shopping for a three-row crossover SUV, Kia's new Telluride is one of the top models to check out.
Notably, we picked the 2020 Kia Telluride as one of Edmunds' Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020, as well as ranking the Telluride as Edmunds' Top Rated SUV of 2020. See all of the Top Rated Vehicles on our Best Cars page.
What's it like to live with the Telluride?
The Kia Telluride quickly became one of our favorite three-row midsize SUVs after its debut. It impressed us with its comfortable seating, flexible cargo space, and upscale and feature-packed design. We liked it so much our editorial team acquired a 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD to test out for a whole year. Check out our long-term Telluride test to learn even more. We cover everything from seat comfort to real-world reliability.
Our verdict8.4 / 10
How does it drive?8.0
The steering is light at parking-lot speeds and weights up naturally in turns. The Telluride is stable when going around turns and doesn't exhibit excessive body roll. We also like that the engine's fuel-saving stop-start feature works smoothly and quietly, and that the transmission responds quickly when you need a downshift.
How comfortable is it?9.0
The climate control system is easy to use and properly regulates temperature in all three rows. While the seat heating and ventilation aren't the strongest on the market, it's nice to see them available for both first- and second-row passengers.
How’s the interior?8.5
The controls are clearly labeled and grouped logically. However, the driver has to stretch to reach the new, wider infotainment screen. Visibility is excellent thanks to plenty of large windows. The camera systems and parking sensors are helpful extras.
How’s the tech?8.0
Our SX test vehicle also had the head-up display and rear-seat intercom features; both are useful. The upgraded 10-speaker sound system is also excellent. The turn-signal camera display in the gauge cluster is less impressive. It's small, low-res and mostly redundant given the regular blind-spot monitoring system.
How’s the storage?8.0
Small-item storage is a weakness: While there are several options for organizing small items, there's much less space for personal effects than in some competitors. Car seats fit easily, and the car seat anchors are easy to find.
How economical is it?7.0
Is it a good value?8.0
Which Telluride does Edmunds recommend?
Kia Telluride models
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a midsize SUV with seating for seven or eight passengers. Under the hood is a 3.8-liter V6 (291 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available as an option. There are four trim levels: LX, S, EX, and SX.
Kia Telluride LX
Standard features for the LX include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes, adaptive cruise control, simulated-leather upholstery, 60/40-split folding second- and third-row seating, Bluetooth, five USB charge ports, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB input.
Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and a drowsy driver warning system.
Kia Telluride S
The S trim upgrades 20-inch wheels, roof rails, a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and second-row captain's chairs. (The bench seating remains optional.)
Kia Telluride EX
You get a lot more when you step up to the EX. It adds LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, acoustic glass for front doors, a hands-free liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, three-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, the second-row bench, an extra USB charge port, a 10.3-inch touchscreen, a driver voice amplifier for the rear seats, a Quiet Mode (which silences the rear speakers), and a wireless charging pad.
Kia Telluride SX
At the top of the list is the SX trim. This Telluride has all of the above plus LED headlights and foglights, dual sunroofs, front parking sensors, an upgraded driver information display, interior ambient lighting, driver-seat memory functions, the second-row captain's chairs, a surround-view parking camera system, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. It also receives a blind-spot camera system, automatic high beams and a low-level automated highway driving system.
An optional 5,000-pound towing capacity tow package with a self-leveling suspension is available for EX and SX trims. The SX with AWD is eligible for the Prestige package, which brings premium leather, a head-up display, heated and ventilated second-row seats, automatic wipers, a household power outlet, and a heated steering wheel.
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Most helpful consumer reviews
I have owned my Kia Telluride S-Trim for about 6 months now and have put on 11K miles. The Telluride is easily the nicest driving and best vehicle I have ever owned. I still look forward to getting behind the wheel every day. The drive is just that enjoyable. For one, it's amazingly quiet for a vehicle that is propelled by a 6 cyl., 291hp engine. Not to say that I can't hear the rev of the engine upon acceleration or the hum of the pistons firing while cruising along at highway speeds, but it is all just background noise and just adds to the enjoyable experience. Even the wind is cut down to the point that I can't hear it with the radio set to a fairly quiet level. In addition, the car somehow absorbs much of the road so that when I do feel a small imperfection while moving along, it is easily the exception and not the rule. I think much of the ride is also complimented by the tight steering and just the feel of the steering wheel itself. Whoever designed the wheel did a wonderful job creating ergonomically correct contours wrapped in "leather." Combined, they give the driver a wonderfully luxurious feel that really is not easily surpassed. It's a great ride. I chose the S-trim for several different reasons. One, the 20" wheels are stunning at this level. In my opinion, they are better than the EX or the blackened SX trims. In addition, the S-trim comes with captains chairs in the second row, a feature that seems more upscale to me in an SUV than the basic bench seat that is standard on the EX. The standard suite of technology that comes on all Tellurides is very impressive, and all of it works very well, but not perfectly. The lane keep assist is great for those people who can handle the subtle shifts left or right when the vehicle gets a little too close to a yellow or white line. For me, however, I had to turn it off. Thank you, Kia, for giving me that option. In addition, the Idle Stop/Go feature, that is supposed to save gas, is great for those drivers who can adapt to the engine turning off then back on only moments later. For me, I gave it about 5 months and 10K miles, I just couldn't get used to it. There are certain parameters that need to be met for it to activate, too many to list, however, it does still seem to be so random that I found myself asking why did it activate (or not) at certain times and not others. In addition, in the heat of the summer, when the Idle Stop/Go was activated, the A/C turned very warm. Not a great thing if you are in traffic on a super hot day. I wish the default setting was off, not on, but that is a government thing....not Kia thing. The forward collision warning system is great too, but a little too sensitive. I have experienced a number of occasions when it chimed thinking that I was about to hit a car in front of me, when, at least to me, there was no danger. It is a fairly large SUV with 2 fairly large blind spots on either side, so the blind spot warning system is fantastic and has definitely warned me from making a potentially big mistake. And lastly, the automatic cruise control is unbelievably precise in both staying true to the lane and keeping a good distance from the car in front. It does tend to hit the brake a little rough, and I have noticed that it tends to hug the left side of the road a bit close, but it has never failed to stay in the lane, even around S-curves. It's very impressive. The only other knock against it at this trim level is that once the car comes to a complete stop, the driver needs to press a button on the wheel or the accelerator lightly, for it to engage again. Another standard advanced technology system are the different driving modes: Eco, Smart, Comfort, and Sport. With the exception of Sport mode, I have driven several thousand miles in each of them, and have settled on Comfort mode...at least for now. The difference in fuel economy is negligible, and, well, to be honest, if I was concerned about fuel economy I wouldn't have bought a medium/large SUV. With that said, currently I'm getting a combined 23mpg. That's overall and according to the computer and using the different driving modes. Your mileage will vary. A few last thoughts. The cabin has a great comfort to it. I find the seats very comfortable on long drives and the infotainment system is super easy to figure out and use while driving. It's definitely one of the better systems available today. Getting into the 3rd row is easily done with the pull of a lever. There's not a ton of room back there, but my 5'7" wife and son have sat back there several times without complaint, although the 2nd row was moved up a bit to accommodate them, but this was done easily and without sacrificing comfort to those sitting in the 2nd row.
I got this Telluride 3 days ago and I am blown away by it. Kia has done a fantastic job in designing and engineering this vehicle. We test drove a Lexus RX350 before deciding on this. I am more happy with this than would have been with the RX350. The RX had a better interior but overall the Telluride is much nicer in ride, handling, smoothness, space and features. The RX350 looks like it had too much plastic surgery. We also have a 2018 Toyota Highlander LE AWD that does not have all the bells and whistles but is a fairly decent vehicle. If you compare the Telluride to the Highlander, the Telluride just blows away the Highlander in every aspect. This is coming from a person who has owned 8 Toyotas in the last 30 years. We had a 2016 Sorento before this and were completely satisfied with the quality and performance. I was impressed with the Telluride when it came out as a concept in 2016 and was following it since then. I was a little sad that they redesigned the front grille but they did a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make this an awesome vehicle. This is a true luxury car for thousands less than the competition. It is a wake up call for the competitors. I don't think there is a better value proposition on the market in this segment. The only minor thing I found was the EX version does not have homelink. It is not a big deal but for a car costing $40K, that should come standard. Overall, a fantastic vehicle! UPDATE After 7 months: I wrote my first review after having it only for three days. Now that we have had the vehicle for 7 months, I am going to give an update. The vehicle performs very well, ride is very smooth, comfortable and quiet. Interior is very spacious, It’s easy to get in and get out. There’s a lot of headroom. The.. The electronics and the navigation work very well together. There are no bugs. Currently I have a lease and this is one car that I really want to buy. We took it to long trips and it did not feel tiring, I would say this is better than a lot of other luxury vehicles. I rented a Range Rover sport for a few days when I went out of town, the Telluride was a lot better. I believe this can stand on its own against any other luxury SUV in its class. A lot of people still do not know about the Telluride.
For me, specs, cargo space, features, etc. do not matter if the vehicle does not drive well....so let's start there. The Telluride is a smooth, enjoyable ride. I've had my Telluride for 6+ weeks and every time I drive it, I feel relaxed. This is true whether I'm driving in comfort mode or zipping through traffic in sport mode. For those who have been critical of the Telluride's acceleration, two things....first, its a 3 row SUV and it does not come with a hemi engine. What were you expecting? … second, switch the driving mode to "sport" and there is plenty of acceleration (no, its still not a hemi....but you get much better gas mileage ;) ). There are times I like to zip around and the sport mode sufficiently allows me that guilty pleasure. Speaking of acceleration, a co-worker has a supped up Dodge Durango with hemi engine. She offered to race me one day. I said "no thanks," but she still wanted to show off so she kicked in the hemi and took off. I called her and said "I think you just burned a gallon of gas over that half mile." She said "my car ate yours for lunch." I told her "keep your lunch. My car is more like a dessert." I truly believe that … the Telluride is something to be enjoyed. So, anyway, if you want power and incredible acceleration, go get a Dodge with a hemi engine. If you want something that is a pleasure to drive...try the Telluride. I like the responsiveness of the steering and the turning radius of the Telluride. Comfort is also important. My teenage kids went with me to test drive the Telluride. They were first to notice that the leather seats in the EX felt noticeably more comfortable, and more supportive, than the pleather seats in the LX and S models. After they mentioned this, I spent a little more time in both types of seats to get a feel for them … and I also noticed that the leather seats were more supportive and comfortable. (note: I did not try an SX model with prestige package, so I cannot compare the leather seats in my EX to the napa leather seats in SX prestige). My parents have driven my Telluride and I took an opportunity to sit in the second row to test it out. The second row was comfortable and the ride quality was just as good in the second row as in the first row … which was excellent. Features....As many reviewers have noted, the Telluride offers a lot of features for the price...as compared with other vehicles in the midsize SUV segment (and even as compared with some midsize SUVs costing quite a bit more). My favorite feature is the ventilated front seats. I live in Florida and its summer … so that's an awesome feature. The infotainment system is fairly easy to use … and its nice to have both a touchscreen and buttons. The safety features are super nice. The blind spot detection is my favorite safety feature. In cruise control, the Telluride will drive itself. I tried this feature on a mostly empty highway and the Telluride executed an S curve without me touching the steering wheel. Admittedly, this freaked me out a bit and I do like to have control of the steering wheel while driving … but its still cool that the Telluride lane keeping control while in cruise control is this advanced. Turning on adaptive cruise control works as well....my car slowed down and sped up, as needed, without me touching a pedal while using adaptive cruise control. Speaking of features, the intercom feature is fun....not necessary, but fun. The AC works well in all rows and there are plenty of USB ports for everyone to use a gadget during the ride. Gas mileage has been good. I think the on-board computer somewhat exaggerates gas mileage so I tracked it myself over the last 4 fill-ups. In the first two of those fill-ups that involved mostly city driving, I recorded 24.5 and 22.1 mpg. In the two most recent fill-ups that involved mostly highway driving, I recorded 27.5 and 25.9 mpg. I believe the lower numbers in both sets of mpg reflect my use of sport mode a little more often than comfort mode during those tanks. As mentioned above, you don't get the acceleration of a Dodge with hemi engine … but you're also not burning a gallon of gas every time you kick in the hemi engine. I'm happy with the gas mileage thus far.
We have leased our Telluride for a few months now and have about 7k miles on it now. I have to say it is a very nice SUV and drives nice. We drove it from Chicago to Florida in the summer with our kids and it was one of the best drives with the adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and great gas mileage. Our previous truck was a GMC Yukon XL and we don’t miss it. We leased it because the dealership was trying to mark up the price on the only one they had when we tried to buy it. Do your research before going into the dealer. Go on the Kia website and make sure you know the deals. Kia has lease deals with set monthly payments and down payments so you know what you should be paying. Dealer was trying to push a $450 payment plus money down for the lease. I asked them to pull the Kia website up and look at the lease deals for the same model they had. They tried to tell me they can’t lease it for that and I asked them to call Kia corporate to discuss why. They ended back tracking and we made the lease for $329 and $3500 down as the website stated. This is our second Kia in the garage and we enjoy both of them. Shop around for a dealer you can work with or contact Kia Corporate to assist. Don’t let the dealerships rip you off and it’s a shame all manufacturers allows them to do that. Kia has come a long way with their vehicles and they have a great warranty that we have not had to use yet. Try them out for yourself and you won’t be disappointed.
2020 Kia Telluride videosKia Telluride vs. Subaru Ascent — 2020 SUV Comparison Test
Kia Telluride vs. Subaru Ascent — 2020 SUV Comparison Test
[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: If you have a growing family, there's a really good chance you're looking at mid-sized three row SUVs. Subaru got back into the segment with this, the Ascent. It's a strong choice in a very competitive class. But it's not our top pick. The Ascent maintains Subaru's tradition of letting outward bound families get off the beaten path. We're here to show you where it shines, as well as where it could use a little improvement against our favorite, the Kia Telluride. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Oh, man, I thought I was your favorite. MARK TAKAHASHI: On paper, both SUVs are very similar. Both start right at $33,000 and remain comparably priced up to these top trims, that cost about $45 grand before options. The Telluride Grand is estimated at 21 miles per gallon, barely edged out by the Ascent's 22 miles per gallon. Both have a long list of advanced safety features and get similarly high safety scores from NHTSA and IIHS too. ELANA SCHERR: The Telluride has a horsepower advantage, but the Ascent has more torque. So we'll call that basically even. That's confirmed by our test results, where the Ascent was a tenth quicker to 60 miles per hour, but the Telluride crossed the quarter mile 3/10 ahead. If you're concerned about towing, well, that is dead even between them, at 5,000 pounds, when properly equipped. MARK TAKAHASHI: Here at Edmunds, we test over 300 vehicles a year at our private test track, as well as real world evaluations on public roads. As close as these vehicle specs are to each other, you'd expect them to be tied for first place in our rankings. Instead, the Ascent trails in a number of areas, which are best demonstrated with more than graphics. [MUSIC PLAYING] Elana, we spent a lot of time with both vehicles. What do you think of the Ascent? ELANA SCHERR: Well, I am a Subaru fan. I just, I've always liked the brand. I think it has a good vibe, and I can picture the engineers really wanting people to go out in their cars and have fun. The Ascent is a turbo four instead of the more classic six. But it is not slow or underpowered. I would say maybe that it's a little, is unrefined fair? MARK TAKAHASHI: That's a fair statement. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah. In fairness, it's only compared to the Telluride, which is smooth. MARK TAKAHASHI: Agreed, totally. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: I kind of liked the Subaru's rugged ride quality, but I know that you, fancy Mark, had some quibbles. MARK TAKAHASHI: I wish there was a little more extension from that steering column, because as it is, I have to slide my seat just a little further forward than I prefer. Then there are the seats themselves. They're oddly cushioned. A little too squishy on top. And oddly, too firm below that. The biggest difference between the two though is noise. You hear a lot more road and engine noise in the Subaru than you do with the Kia. [ENGINE RACING] ELANA SCHERR: That's what the radio's for, you just turn it up. MARK TAKAHASHI: Fair enough. ELANA SCHERR: I mean, speaking of infotainment. [MUSIC PLAYING] I really liked the dual screen setup in the Ascent. I mean, I like the way that it looked. Usability, on the other hand, it's not great. Controls are all over the place. I mean, there's like controls on the ceiling, and it is not intuitive at all. MARK TAKAHASHI: The Telluride's infotainment gets high marks for its inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We also like that it has plenty of USB ports that are well-placed. The screen resolution is very sharp, and its responses are very quick. Furthermore, the menus are logically laid out and easy to use without ever having to consult a manual. ELANA SCHERR: A bigger complaint might be that compared to the Telluride, the Ascent is a big three-row SUV, but it doesn't have that much space. [MUSIC PLAYING] Like the backseat, the third row, you cannot put adults back there. And really, it's not that comfortable for kids either. It's also a little bit difficult to get those seats up and down. It's like a multi-step process. So again, little stuff that just makes it slightly less useful. MARK TAKAHASHI: The good thing, though, is that the Ascent has 19 cup holders, which Subaru was so proud to tout when they introduced it. Now that seems a little excessive for a vehicle that can only seat eight passengers, but those cup holders are grouped together so you can put much larger objects in them. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, I did actually think that the Subaru had better small item storage than the Telluride. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, marginally. Now none of these drawbacks for the Subaru are so critical that we consider them deal breakers. Collectively though, they subtract just enough points to drop it down to seventh place in our rankings. ELANA SCHERR: It's kind of a death by 1,000 cuts thing. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, totally agree. ELANA SCHERR: Especially when the Telluride just keeps pulling ahead in rankings, no matter what we compare it to. I mean, some of that is that it has like a longer warranty and more cargo space. Compared to the Ascent, the Telluride has 3.4 cubic feet more cargo room, which is about the size of a medium suitcase or like a Cocker Spaniel, depending on how it is that you measure size. You know which one I would pick. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes, I do, The suitcase. ELANA SCHERR: And this is subjective, but style-wise, inside and out, the Telluride looks great. The materials look really expensive. And outside, it's just the perfect mix of kind of like elegance and truckiness, so it looks tough, but it also looks fancy. I just took it on a road trip and never in all my years of driving have I ever got a thumbs up from someone on the highway while driving an SUV. It happened twice in the Telluride. At one point, I pulled into a racetrack and the security guard was like, what is it. And he wanted to look at it, and I had to open the windows and let him look inside. And to quote him after he had checked it out, Kia is stepping it up. MARK TAKAHASHI: Well, it makes perfect sense that the Telluride had a waiting list for shoppers for its first year of production. As close as the performance specs are between the Subaru and the Kia, the Telluride simply is a better SUV to drive. It gathers speed more smoothly. That standard V6 sounds great doing it too. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it is little things, but they all add up to make the Kia feel really special. And you add that to the fact that it will also do all the day-to-day business things that you need it to do, and you have just a really great vehicle. MARK TAKAHASHI: Agreed. It's abundantly clear that the Kia Telluride deserves its top spot among SUVs. For the same price as rivals, it exceeds expectations. The Ascent, on the other hand, meets expectations, but it is a big step in the right direction. Even if the Telluride didn't exist, it would still have to contend with the likes of the Honda Pilot, the Hyundai Palisade, the Volkswagen Atlas and the Mazda CX9, all of which got higher Edmunds rankings. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, this is a busy segment, which makes it that much more impressive that the Telluride came in and went straight to the top. MARK TAKAHASHI: Indeed. Let us know what you think in the comments below. For more information on the Ascent or the Telluride, head on over to edmunds.com. That's edmunds. ELANA SCHERR: Dot com.
Three-row midsize SUV comparison hosted by Mark Takahashi and Elana Scherr. Today Edmunds is comparing the Kia Telluride versus the Subaru Ascent. We'll be looking at Kia Telluride and Subaru Ascent dimensions, cargo space, ground clearance, interior comfort and functionality, drivability, features and more.
Features & Specs
|SX 4dr SUV AWD|
3.8L 6cyl 8A
|MPG||19 city / 24 hwy|
|Horsepower||291 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|S 4dr SUV|
3.8L 6cyl 8A
|MPG||20 city / 26 hwy|
|Horsepower||291 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|EX 4dr SUV AWD|
3.8L 6cyl 8A
|MPG||19 city / 24 hwy|
|Horsepower||291 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|EX 4dr SUV|
3.8L 6cyl 8A
|MPG||20 city / 26 hwy|
|Horsepower||291 hp @ 6000 rpm|
Our experts’ favorite Telluride safety features:
- Blind-Spot View Monitor
- Displays a live camera view of your blind spots when the turn signal is activated.
- Safe Exit Assist
- Warns if a vehicle or bicyclist is approaching your parked car and locks the doors to prevent your opening them into traffic.
- Forward Collision Avoidance
- Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
|Frontal Barrier Crash Rating||Rating|
|Overall||4 / 5|
|Driver||4 / 5|
|Passenger||4 / 5|
|Side Crash Rating||Rating|
|Overall||5 / 5|
|Side Barrier Rating||Rating|
|Overall||5 / 5|
|Driver||5 / 5|
|Passenger||5 / 5|
|Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings||Rating|
|Front Seat||5 / 5|
|Back Seat||5 / 5|
|Rollover||4 / 5|
|Dynamic Test Result||No Tip|
|Risk Of Rollover||15.5%|
Kia Telluride vs. the competition
Kia Telluride vs. Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot is one of our top picks in the midsize three-row SUV class. It excels as a versatile people and gear hauler thanks to its smooth ride, strong fuel economy and smart storage solutions. Holding the Pilot back are overly sensitive advanced safety features and a narrow opening for third-row seat access. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Pilot.
Kia Telluride vs. Mazda CX-9
Like the Telluride, the Mazda CX-9 fills the gap between typical SUVs and entry-level luxury models. Compared to other SUVs in this class, the Mazda is more engaging to drive. It also gained some new features for 2019 that help keep it competitive with newer rivals. The CX-9, however, doesn't have as much cargo or third-row passenger space as the Telluride. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda CX-9.
Kia Telluride vs. Volkswagen Atlas
The Volkswagen Atlas gains favor with its accommodating interior that boasts plenty of passenger space in all three rows. We're also fans of its easy-to-use features and surefooted handling that doesn't sacrifice ride quality. Acceleration is rather leisurely, however, and there's no resulting payoff in fuel efficiency. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Volkswagen Atlas.
Is the Kia Telluride a good car?
What's new in the 2020 Kia Telluride?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Kia Telluride:
- All-new model
- Kia's biggest SUV yet
- Seating for seven or eight people
Is the Kia Telluride reliable?
Is the 2020 Kia Telluride a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 Kia Telluride?
The least-expensive 2020 Kia Telluride is the 2020 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,890.
Other versions include:
- SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $43,790
- S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $34,290
- EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $39,290
- EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $37,290
- S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $36,290
- SX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $41,790
- LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $31,890
- LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) which starts at $33,890
What are the different models of Kia Telluride?
More about the 2020 Kia Telluride
2020 Kia Telluride Overview
The 2020 Kia Telluride is offered in the following submodels: Telluride SUV. Available styles include SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A), SX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), LX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A), and LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2020 Kia Telluride?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Kia Telluride and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Telluride 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Telluride.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2020 Kia Telluride?
2020 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
The 2020 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,135. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is trending -$831 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of -$831 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,966.
The average savings for the 2020 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is -1.7% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2020 Kia Telluride SX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
The 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,125. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is trending -$43 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of -$43 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,168.
The average savings for the 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is -0.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 3 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2020 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
The 2020 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,715. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is trending $218 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $218 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,497.
The average savings for the 2020 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is 0.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2020 Kia Telluride LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2020 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
The 2020 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,670. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is trending -$477 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of -$477 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39,147.
The average savings for the 2020 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is -1.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2020 Kia Telluride EX 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A)
The 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,065. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is trending -$844 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of -$844 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,909.
The average savings for the 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) is -2.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2020 Kia Telluride S 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
Which 2020 Kia Tellurides are available in my area?
Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Kia Telluride for sale near. There are currently 17 new 2020 Tellurides listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $36,065 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Kia Telluride.
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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Kia Telluride?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
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