Large, bold, capable and comfortable, the 2020 Kia Telluride midsize SUV opens the door to exploring in a whole new way. Designed at Kia design studio in California, and assembled in Georgia, the all-new Telluride is all about big skies, desert roads, mountain passes, shady forests, smooth highways, and long coastal drives. The largest Kia ever, it provides comfortable seating for up to eight, a powerful 291-hp 3.8-liter V6, available active on-demand all-wheel drive, and an inspiring view of the world. In short, the 2020 Kia Telluride offers the potential for exploration and adventure every time it’s on the road.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a three-row midsize SUV with seating for seven or eight passengers. It’s available in four trim levels: LX, S, EX, and SX.
Standard equipment 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. 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.
The S trim gets 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 is optional.
Step up to the EX you’ll get 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 wireless charging pad and a Quiet Mode, which silences the rear speakers.
At the top, the Telluride SX trim 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, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, 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.
The 2020 Kia Telluride pricing:
- LX FWD : $31,690.00
- S FWD : $33,990.00
- EX FWD : $37,090.00
- SX FWD : $41,490.00
- LX AWD : $33,690.00
- S AWD : $35,990.00
- EX AWD : $39,090.00
- SX AWD : $43,490.00
The 2020 Kia Telluride is wider, longer and taller than the Sorento. That means it can fit seven or eight passengers and give those passengers enough room for their legs and their heads, even in the back row. It sounds like a joke, but any of you who’ve been crammed in the third row of a typical midsize SUV know it’s often more of a suggestion of seating than a usable space. Not in the Telluride, the comfort of the front seats carries through to the second and third row.
It’s also much easier to access that third row thanks to a one-button press that folds and slides the second-row seats up in one smooth motion. Kia says it tested the Telluride with child seats installed in the second row, and third-row passengers still have plenty of entrance and exit room. As you move forward in the cabin, it gets even better. The second row offers multiple phone charging options, including a household-style 110-volt plug. The optional second-row captain’s chairs can even be ordered with heating and ventilation.
All that comfort isn’t just reserved for passengers. The driver’s seat is well-designed and has just the right mix of firm and squish for a long drive. It’s adjustable enough that both short and tall drivers will be able to find a comfortable driving position, although those who are height-challenged may find that reaching for certain dashboard controls requires a stretch.
The front seats are roomy. The low center console provides plenty of elbow room, but it still offers cupholders, a phone charging pad, USB ports and the controls for the driving modes and AWD lock for enhanced traction. The base Tellurides get leatherette upholstery, and top-trim SX buyers can get quilted leather in a variety of colors, including the gorgeous, but totally impractical for a family vehicle, white premium leather that was in our test car.
The 2020 Kia Telluride has generous cargo space, with 21 cubic feet behind the third row and 87 cubes with both rows folded down. Beyond that, the hatch opening is wide and accommodating. There’s also a useful underfloor compartment.
The only engine offered in the 2020 Kia Telluride is a 3.8-liter V6 that mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The direct-injected aluminum-block engine produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gasoline. While shift paddles have been nice to help use the transmission to slow the Telluride on long downhills, you can slide the shift lever to the left and use it to downshift manually.
There’s a choice of four driving modes: Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort – each using different settings for powertrain, drivetrain, and steering effort mapping to provide the desired driving experience. In addition to the four regular drive modes, drivers can select from two different settings, Snow and AWD Lock, for specific driving conditions.
Available active on-demand all-wheel drive helps provide enhanced driving performance by actively distributing torque between the front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and driver input. The system utilizes electro-hydraulic AWD coupling to precisely activate the multi-plate clutch plate, constantly redistributing the amount of power transferred to the front and rear wheels. During normal driving, power is distributed according to the drive mode selected. “Eco” and “Smart” modes deliver 100 percent power to the front wheels. “Comfort” and “Snow” modes deliver 80 percent power to the front wheels and 20 percent to rear. Sport mode splits the power 65-35 percent between front and back. “Lock” mode delivers power evenly to all four wheels.
291 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 7.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.4 sec @ 94 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
Towing capacity: 5,000 pounds
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (FWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD)
The 2020 Kia Telluride Specification:
3.8L, V6, Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Lambda-II
291 hp @ 6,000 rpm
262 lb.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm
DOHC with DUAL CVVT
Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Unleaded Gasoline (Regular 87 or higher)
Fuel tank capacity
20 City / 26 Highway / 23 Combined
19 City / 24 Highway / 21 Combined
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Front engine, front drive or AWD
Active on-demand All-Wheel Drive
Height, with roof rails
Passenger Seating Capacity
8 or 7 Passenger
Cargo volume behind 1st-row
87.0 cu. ft.
Cargo volume behind 2nd-row
46.0 cu. ft.
Cargo volume behind 3rd-row
21.0 cu. ft.
Total interior volume
178.1 cu. ft.
4,112 lbs. - 4,317 lbs.
4,255 lbs. - 4,482 lbs.