When your sales are 68 percent year-over-year, you don’t want to mess with a good thing. Kia made some minor adjustments to its very popular Telluride but was wise enough to basically leave it alone. With 3rd row seating, available AWD, a powerful engine, and off-road capability, there is a reason it was named the top midsize SUV by U.S. News and World Report.
The Telluride is bold but not overwhelmingly masculine. The new Kia badging is stylish and more elegant. Only the SX comes with dual sunroofs, letting even more light into the cabin of your SUV. The SX comes with Aero Wiper blades, LED Projector Beam headlights, High Beam Assist, and LED Front Fog Lights.
The all-new Telluride features a naturally aspirated V-6 engine that boasts 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet torque. This engine matches up with an eight-speed automatic transmission and is front-wheel-drive as standard. Kia will also be offering all-wheel-drive as an option.
Inside Kia’s award-winning SUV, there is a large 10.25-inch navigation display, fully automatic temperature control, highway driving assist for the LX and S trims, and Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve for all trims.
I test drove the 2022 Kia Telluride SX AWD. The MSRP base is $44,590. Add in the options of SX Prestige Package for $2,300, a towing package for $795, and carpeted floor mats for $225, bringing the total up to $47,895. Add in the destination charge of $1,225, and you’re looking at $49,120.
SX Prestige Package
– Rain-sensing windshield wipers
– Nappa Leather Seat trim
– 2nd-row heated and ventilated seating
– Premium cloth headliner and Trim
– Head-Up Display (HUD)
– Heated steering wheel
– 110-Volt inverter
– All-Wheel-Drive System
– Michelin tires
– Tow hitch
– Self-leveling rear suspension
Kia Telluride versus the competitors
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Kia Telluride has been a sensation for its drivability, value price in its segment, and styling. Expect the sales to continue.
2022 Kia Telluride Specs, Pricing and trim levels
Pricing – MSRP (excludes $1,225 destination):
LX FWD – $32,790
LX AWD – $34,790
S FWD – $35,290
S AWD. – $37,290
EX FWD – $37,790
EX AWD – $39,790
SX FWD – $42,690
SX AWD – $44,590
SX-P – $46,890
3.8-liter, V6, GDI Lambda-II: 291 horsepower with 262 lb.-ft. of torque
Fuel Economy – EPA-est. MPG: (city/highway/combined):
Highlighted Kia Drive Wise Advanced Driver Assistance Features:
Standard on all trims
Driver Attention Warning
Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Following Assist
Length: 196.9 inches
Width: 78.3 inches
Height (with roof rails): 69.3 inches
Height (w/o roof rails): 68.9 inches
Wheelbase: 114.2 inches
Turning radius, curb-to-curb (ft.) FWD: 19.4 ft. / AWD: 19.4 ft