Like its namesake town in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the all-new Kia Telluride isn’t widely known, which is a shame, given that it’s one of the best three-row crossovers on the market.
The midsize Telluride’s handsome exterior has just enough of a boxy profile that our bright-white SX test vehicle looked like a refrigerator rolling on blacked-out 20-inch rims. A front end with distinctive amber LED daytime running lights also helped it stand out in the crowded suburban landscape.
Inside, the Telluride’s roomy cabin has an upscale vibe, enhanced by classy materials and a hushed ambience. There’s also seating for eight (seven with the available second-row captain’s chairs), including a surprisingly adult-friendly third row.
Fold the rear seats down and you’ll get an 87-cubic- foot cargo hold that, combined with a wide-opening tailgate, should swallow up most anything that needs hauling. If not, the Telluride’s 291-hp V6—the only engine option—will tow trailers up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.
Add the Telluride’s smooth ride and confident handling, plus an extensive list of standard safety features and Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and—like the now-hip former Colorado mining camp—you’ve got a stylish new crossover that’s worth seeking out.
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Vehicle layout: 3.8-liter V6 (291 hp), 8-speed automatic, AWD
MSRP, base model: $33,060; (as tested: $46,210)
MPG, city/highway/combined: 19/24/21
Safety ratings: NHTSA: 5 stars overall; IIHS: good (crash-related ratings), 2020 Top Safety Pick (with specific headlights)
Spare tire: Compact temporary
Final assembly: West Point, Georgia
Basic warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles