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Should you buy the 2020 Kia Telluride?

Quick notes

The Telluride is Kia’s mid-sized SUV offering.

Starting at an MSRP of $31,690 the Telluride is very fairly priced compared to its classmates.


Kia joined the market as a competition for the inexpensive class of vehicles. This was clear from the initial low-quality interior and accessories.

“While the price couldn’t often be beat, the quality often could. “

Many things have changed over the years, especially the quality and look of the vehicles that Kia has been producing. The 2020 Kia Telluride continues the Kia tradition of constantly improving the quality and feel of their vehicles.

2020 Kia Telluride

It’s not hard to say that the 2020 Kia Telluride is the best-looking vehicle that Kia has made to date. The Telluride is Kia’s mid-sized 3-row seating SUV option and offers the same range of features as others in its class.

“The 2020 Kia Telluride is the best-looking vehicle that Kia has made to date.”

With a starting price of $31,690, the Kia Telluride gives you plenty to be excited about. Edmunds’ rates the Telluride an impressive 8.10. Drivers rated it a 4.4/5.


The 2020 Kia Telluride features seating up to 8, 5000-pound towing capacity, electronic parking brake, and an AWD option. The Telluride has a 291hp 3.8L V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior: This is one of the nicest looking Kia’s that we’ve seen to date. Kia has really come a long way since its introduction to the North American market. The styling is nice and clean, and the SUV looks modern.

The 2020 Telluride features a standard 18″ alloy wheels, LED headlights and reverse Parking Distance Warning. Forward Parking Distance Warning is available

“Color options for the Telluride are a bit limited. It’s the standard Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Grey, Ebony Black or the Sangria. “

Interior: The 2020 Kia Telluride features an interior with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear occupant alert, 6 USB ports, and 8″ touch screen.

Trim levels: The 2020 Kia Telluride has 4 trim levels: the LX, S, EX and SX.

The LX is the Telluride base model. The next step up, the S model, features 20-inch alloy machine-finished wheels, a power sunroof, dark metallic grille, dual chrome, and exhaust tips.

Additions to the interior include heated front seats and also a leather gearshift knob. Capabilities and exterior colors remain unchanged from the LX version.

Power Features

The 2020 Kia Telluride EX upgrades the LX in terms of power features. The liftgate is now power and there are an available two hitch and power-folding outside mirrors. The interior has minor upgrades to the front seats and the infotainment display screen is a larger 10.25 inches.

“The 2020 Kia Telluride SX is the top of the line version Telluride, starting at $41, 490.”

The Telluride sits on 20-inch alloy machine-finished wheels. Driver-assist tools include forward parking distance warning, blind spot review monitor, and high beam assist.

The interior ride is improved with a 10-speaker sound system and the infotainment display is also a larger 10.25 inches. Exterior colors remain unchanged except for the swapping of the Sangria with a Black Copper.

What did others have to say about the Telluride?

Both experts and drivers have highly rated the 2020 Kia Telluride.

Experts indicate that there is less storage space for small items and a lack of powertrain upgrades as cons. Edmunds gave it a 9 for “Comfort on the Road.” The cons are livable. There are no negatives about the drive and ride. That’s the main part.

Drivers rated the car quality quite high. They rave about its quality, drive, and standard options. The 2020 Kia Telluride is definitely an SUV that deserves a second, or even third look.

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