The new 2020 Kia Telluride is available for purchase. It is an all-new SUV, the largest in the lineup by Korean carmaker. With it, Kia is heading into new battles with other 7-seat SUVs. This model will share a lot with the new Hyundai Palisade, which is not only a partner but also the competitor. The first impressions about the Telluride SUV are positive, and we hope Kia will continue to develop this segment. In the future, we will also see a full-size, premium, and hybrid vehicles.
The starting price of the 2020 Kia Telluride is very attractive. Also, the SUV offers plenty of options. Versatility is the key to success in the market. Well, the company will have to work on off-road capability and a hybrid model is already in future plans. Well, we still don’t know the schedule of release. Excellent specs will make Telluride competitive and a good choice next season. However, it will take some time before we get a full impression of the new SUV.
2020 Kia Telluride Engines, Specs, Towing Capacity
As we mentioned, the new 2020 Kia Telluride will share a lot of things with Hyundai Palisade. The first one is the engine. That is a 3.8-liter V6 unit capable to produce 291 horsepower. The drivetrain also delivers 262 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Independent suspension soaks bumps on the road. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the SUV also offers four-wheel drive as well. This one is a perfect solution if you want to haul a lot of things off the road. Towing capacity of the 2020 Telluride is 5,000 pounds, no matter if you choose FWD or AWD. Fuel economy numbers are not so great. The SUV returns 23 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. AWD models will return 21 mpg.
Telluride concept already offers a hybrid system. However, this one is not ready yet. But, be sure that Kia intends to boosts sales by adding an electric vehicle. This one will boost the mileage, but the towing capacity would definitely suffer. The 2020 Kia Telluride is not going to offer such configuration, that is for sure. However, the first update could bring the game to another level.
Pros and Cons
First impressions are sometimes the most important. According to initial thoughts, the 2020 Kia Telluride will have a bright future. Well, there is still a place for improvements. Especially in mileage and off-road capabilities. However, the appearance of Kia’s new SUV is modern, sleek, elegant. The engine is more powerful than the most other V6 offered by rivals. On the other hand, all turbocharged vehicles are much faster. The seven-seat layout offers enough space for passengers, leaving plenty of room for cargo. Of course, by folding second or third row, you can gain even more space.
2020 Kia Telluride Interior and Features
The new 2020 Kia Telluride will offer all the latest features from the infotainment world. Well, most of the advanced items are optional. For example, the two-tone interior and leather seats. Some fans are disappointed by differences between the concept and production vehicle.
So, the 2020 Telluride will offer eight seating spots. Total interior volume outnumbers Honda Pilot by 25 cubic feet. With the S trim level, you can pick the SUV with captain chairs in the second row and total of seven seats. An eight-inch touchscreen is standard. It sits at the center of the dashboard, and from there you will control the infotainment system. If this one is small for you, upper trim levels will offer a 10-inch display. That is not the only available upgrade. Besides the above-mentioned leather upholstery and two-tone paint, the premium audio system is available. Heating for the steering wheel is optional.
2020 Telluride Rivals
The competition in the mid-size three-row SUV segment is very tough. We can compare the 2020 Kia Telluride with Honda Pilot or VW Atlas. Although it is a new car in the market, experts are sure this model can cope with rivals. Well, Toyota Highlander could be the SUV to catch up with. Jeep Grand Cherokee is launching a three-row version, while the Dodge Durango is moving to the body on frame platform. Also, we must take Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chevy Tahoe as serious competitors.
2020 Kia Telluride Prices
The best offer for the 2020 Kia Telluride carries an attractive price tag. The SUV MSRP is $31,700. That is the entry-level LX model. Upper trim level is Telluride S. larger wheels and one seating spot fewer are notable changes, as well as $2,000 price bump. For the EX trim and its upgraded infotainment system with navigation and 10-inch touchscreen display, you will have to pay $37,000. Top of the class trim level is SX. The 2020 Telluride with this package will cost $41,000, which is $10k above the starting price. For this money, buyers will get a dual sunroof, unique 20-inch wheels, and 360-degree camera. All-wheel drive will cost you $2,000 for every trim level.