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Our 2020 Kia Telluride Is Proving to Be Frustratingly Sturdy

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Our lone genuine grumbling about the Telluride is a deficiency of things to whine about. 10,000-Mile Update

The occasion is not too far off when you need to recognize your inadequacies. Furthermore, as our 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD passes the 14,000-mile mark, that time for us is currently.

Attempt as we would, we can’t discover a lot to scrutinize about our greenery green Kia long-termer. Perhaps that is not viewed as a deficiency in reality. Others we’ve met show up consummately glad to be cheerful. We are pundits, however. It is our activity—nay, our inclination—to censure.

Normally, new autos give a lot of chance to grievances. The outward perceivability smells. The motor is powerless and seems like a pony fart. The seat radiators are too delayed to even think about warming our buns. At the point when we don’t have anything enormous to scrutinize, we can commonly discover something minor. In the event that we can’t discover something minor, we can as a rule discover something trifling. With the Telluride, however, we are flummoxed.



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Along these lines, credit to testing chief Dave VanderWerp for gamely having a go at scrutinizing this 10Best-winning, correlation test-ruling three-push, family SUV. Every other person on staff has basically surrendered. Furthermore, surveys appointee editorial manager Tony Quiroga has continued an affection illicit relationship with the Telluride that verges on overjoyed fixation.

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It’s not for absence of miles, which we’re heaping on at an enraged rate. The Telluride is sought after as everything from a noon transport to family-see the sights friend. With around 11,000 miles on the clock, VanderWerp stacked the Telluride with his significant other and youngsters for a 1300-mile end of the week outing to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. This is what he thought of for protests:

The back wiper wash needs a more extensive shower example to help clean the back glass. Rather, it just kills a current of liquid the center of the backdrop illumination.

At the point when you press the back atmosphere button, you at that point need to go to the touchscreen to alter it. Honda permits the front atmosphere control handles to control the back settings right now.

The tailpipes are pushed to the other side of the back, something that with different brands of vehicles shows that you’ve agreed to the base motor. (There is at present just a single motor offered in the Telluride).

Not actually accursing stuff there. VanderWerp returned to applaud even while attempting to scrutinize. The normal mileage on his outing was superior to anything the EPA roadway mark (25 mpg versus 24 mpg), regardless of keeping a 80-mph cruising speed. It’s agreeable, calm, and gloriously attractive. There’s superb traveler and payload space. There are a lot of capacity cubbies in the front-seat region. The front seats are sufficiently strong to stay agreeable after numerous hours in the seat. You get the point.


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Nothing has turned out badly with the vehicle, either. So’s an entire region of potential killing killed. Our solitary visit to the business during this quarter was to get a 7500-mile administration. At $161, that administration incorporated the run of the mill oil change, tire pivot, lodge air channel substitution, and routine examinations.

In mid-November with around 10,000 miles on the odometer, we swapped out the first gear all-season tires for a lot of Continental VikingContact 7 winter tires (indeed, they are really called “VikingContact”). It’s been a strangely gentle and dry winter up until this point, so we haven’t yet gotten an opportunity to test the adequacy of the winter elastic on day off ice. In any case, wouldn’t you know it—the winter tires are, in the expressions of VanderWerp, “commendably calm for winter tires and don’t feel excessively squishy on dry streets.”

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We have fizzled. The Telluride has not.

Months in Fleet: 5 months Current Mileage: 14,013 miles

Normal Fuel Economy: 21 mpg

Fuel Tank Size: 18.8 lady Observed Fuel Range: 390 miles

Administration: $161 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

Harm and Destruction: $0




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It was clear on first look that the 2020 Kia Telluride would have been a contender in the fervently challenged class of average size three-push SUVs. Simply sitting on an automobile fair stand, the enormous Kia had nearness. The smooth, restrained lines. The refined specifying. The Chevy-and Volkswagen-disgracing inside. The Telluride is a model of the old saw that it is not any more costly to fabricate an alluring vehicle than it is to manufacture an ugly one.

Our cooperative attitude toward Kia’s most recent three-push ute was blunted not a piece when we drove and tried it. What’s more, we’re not the only one. We’ve heard dread tinged affirmation of the Telluride’s greatness from individuals who work for rival carmakers. The main things we haven’t yet affirmed about the Telluride are its unwavering quality and its capacity to continue our expressions of love as time goes on. Along these lines, normally, we requested one from Kia to go through the test of endurance of our 40,000-mile, long haul test.

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We determined a best in class SX model for our assessment to a limited extent since it accompanies viable LED headlamps and taillights, attractive 20-inch wheels, downplayed glossy silk chrome body trim, and an assortment of inside amenities, for example, a memory seats, second-push protection window conceals, and warmed and ventilated seats. All-wheel drive, which adds $2000 to the expense of any Telluride, was an easy decision. We likewise included a $795 Towing bundle for its hitch and self-leveling back suspension (all Tellurides are evaluated to pull as much as 5000 pounds).

We finished off the entire thing with the $2000 SX Prestige bundle, which brings a head-up show, nappa cowhide upholstery, premium material main event, warmed and ventilated second-push seats, and downpour detecting windshield wipers. The entirety of this pushed the SX model, which begins at $44,585, up to a not-nonsensical $47,590. Truth be told, thinking about the Telluride’s degree of highlights and comforts, that considers something of a deal right now. The Dark Moss green paint decision cost us only makes our Telluride one refined-looking family transporter.



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The Telluride—and its mechanical twin, the Hyundai Palisade—is controlled by a standard 291-hp 3.8-liter V-6 motor mated to an eight-speed programmed transmission. There is no redesign motor accessible. The Kia’s V-6 gives less torque than the turbocharged four-chambers found in contenders, for example, the Mazda CX-9 and the Ford Explorer. Yet, in certifiable driving, the Telluride is similarly as eco-friendly as its four-banger opponents, and it is glad to taste customary fuel. Our long-termer has so far found the middle value of 21 mpg in blended driving.

At the test track, our Telluride set out a 7.0-second zero-to-60-mph run and proceeded through the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds at 93 mph. Those are serious occasions for the class, and the Telluride’s 0.82-g skidpad execution and 177-foot prevent from 70 mph are both inside the standards too.


2020 Kia Telluride side

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The Telluride probably won’t kill its serious set at the track, yet its on-street, everyday comportment has made it a staff top pick. It’s absolutely faster, more pleasant, and more eco-friendly than the Volkswagen Atlas we likewise have in our long haul armada. Actually, print chief Tony Quiroga takes note of that in the event that he had a Porsche Boxster Spyder and a Telluride in his carport, he “wouldn’t need for much else.” The author of this story can’t help but concur. Delegate supervisor Josh Jacquot sang the gestures of recognition of the Telluride’s noteworthy ride quality over potholed rock streets. “I’m dazzled with the Telluride’s damping,” he noted. “It has incredible individual wheel control, particularly for this class and with 20-inch wheels.”

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Senior editorial manager Joey Capparella stated, “Truly, this inside satisfies me more than the Range Rover I drove the previous evening.” The classy, rich-looking lodge additionally found a workable pace official Eddie Alterman, who said he continues discussing the highs and lows of the Telluride inside contrasted and that of the Mercedes GLS-class and afterward recalling the amount more the Mercedes costs.



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It’s conceivable we’ll discover things about this Kia we don’t care for. What’s more, perhaps the Telluride will break frequently and in angering ways throughout the following 37,000 or so miles. In any case, up until now, the Telluride is looking truly damn great.

Months in Fleet: multi month Current Mileage: 2842 miles

Normal Fuel Economy: 21 mpg

Fuel Tank Size: 18.8 lady Observed Fuel Range: 390 miles

Administration: $0 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0

Harm and Destruction: $0


2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD


front-motor, all-wheel-drive, 7-traveler, 4-entryway hatchback


$47,590 (base cost: $44,585)

Motor TYPE

DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum square and heads, direct fuel infusion


231 cu in, 3778 cc


291 hp @ 6000 rpm


262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm


8-speed programmed


Suspension (F/R): swaggers/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 13.4-in vented plate/12.0-in circle

Tires: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S, 245/50R-20 102V M+S


Wheelbase: 114.2 in

Length: 196.9 in

Width: 78.3 in

Tallness: 69.3 in

Traveler volume: 155 cu ft

Freight volume: 21 cu ft

Control weight: 4507 lb


Zero to 60 mph: 7.0 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 17.7 sec

Zero to 130 mph: 39.0 sec

Moving beginning, 5–60 mph: 7.5 sec

Top apparatus, 30–50 mph: 3.7 sec

Top apparatus, 50–70 mph: 4.9 sec

Standing ¼-mile: 15.3 sec @ 9