2020 Kia Telluride: Every nice thing that you’ve heard about it–and more

9 Mar 2020 | 455 views | No Comment
  [caption id="attachment_10391" align="alignnone" width="638"] 2020 Telluride[/caption]   By Don Hammonds Every year, auto riders and car geeks alike pick one car that stands out from every other, showering it with adoration, curiosity, and of course, clamoring to see it on the road whenever they can. This year, there are two--Chevy's awesome new mid-engine Corvette... And the one pictured above, the 2020 Kia Telluride SUV.  You may not exactly clamor to see it on the road, after all--that honor belongs to sports cars, ultra luxury models, and nearly one of a kind exotics. But never mind all that. We can honestly say the Telluride is "all that" and a bag of chips so to speak.  It's a joy to drive, a piece of loveliness to behold--at least from the side--and a revelation in which to ride, and one heck of a bargain for a SUV that is way, way ahead of anything it competes with in its market segment, and a product that will give many a luxury SUV  a run for its money. When you get behind the wheel, you are absolutely swathed with luxury accoutrements like quilted leather seats, a dashboard that looks terribly expensive, and gauges and controls that are right at the top of its price class.  It is tomb quiet, handles as though it was born for curves and straightaways, and is plenty roomy all around. Let's take a look at the particulars: Price: Our test model was a 2020 Kia Telluride SX V6 woth al wheel drive, and the base price of this particularly version was $43,490.  With options, the price rose to $46,860. Economy:  The Telluride does quite well in this area. Given how heavy it feels and how majestically it rides, it gets 21 miles per gallon overall, uses 4.8 gallons of gas to drive 100 miles, and gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway. You will spend about $2,250 more in fuel costs over a five year period compared to similar vehicles, and yuor annual fuel cost will be $1,950  based on driving five years and 15,000 miles using gasoline that costs about $2.70 a gallon. Performance: Quite brisk, to be honest. It corners well, accelerates briskly, and sticks to the road like glue.  It gives you utter confidence in the way it drives. Technology:
The 2020 Kia Telluride is considered to be a midsize SUV, even though it looks quite a bit larger than that, and feels like it too until it gets underway, and then it can feel quite lively on the road.  You can get it in seven or eight passenger configurations, and front wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive can be had as n option.  It comes in LX, S, EX, and SX versions. You can only get one engine with it, and thankfully it's a darned good one-- a 3.8 liter V6 that produces 291 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque, and has an eight speed automatic transmission.
    The lineup begins with the 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. Next up is the Telluride S, and it provides as standard equipment 20-inch wheels, roof rails, a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and second-row captain's chairs.  Unfortunately, you will have to pay if you want bench seating in the second row. Things get interesting with the Telluride EX, which provides a lot more equipment bang for the buck. 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. If you just have to have the very best, head straight to the Kia Telluride SX which truly outdoes some luxury brands with what it offers you as standard equipment. While you get all the equipment I mentioned above for the lesser models, the SX adds 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.
Safety: 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. Aesthetics: When seen from the side, the Telluride is dramatically different from all of its competitors with nice character lines along its flanks, some nifty expensive looking trim, and cool wheels, especially the black tinted ones.  The front end isn't too bad, but it looks a bit too overworked and dazzling for my tastes.  It needs to be a bit toned down, in my opinion.  The rear end is distinctive too, but blends in a bit more with the rest of the product compared to the front end.   But inside, wow!  Everything you want and more, and its very tastefully done, too.  Some auto writers say that there aren't enough small storage bins in the interior, but it suit me just fine! Warranty: The Teluride has a 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, a five year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, and a five year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan.    

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