2022 Kia Telluride

Rating8.6

Ranked #3 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$33,090 - $44,590

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Key Spec of 2022 Kia Telluride
fuel economy

20/23/26

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

-

2022 Kia Telluride Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Telluride is a new entrant in the midsize SUV crossover segment, having made its debut in 2020. However, since then it took the crossover world by storm, grabbing numerous awards and praises from various automobile firms. For 2022, the Telluride comes with the updated 'Kia' logo, a slightly redesigned grille, and adds more features to the standard features list. The 2022 Telluride is in the third model year and except for these minor updates, it remains mechanically similar to the 2021 Telluride.

2022 Kia Telluride

This means you get the same powertrain and gearbox combo which is sufficient to get the job done and when called to the task can tow up to 5,000 pounds. On the inside, no other mid-size SUV except for the Chevrolet Traverse can boast of as spacious a cabin and cargo area as the Telluride. Although in terms of cabin feel, finish, and material quality Telluride still is among the best. And all this you are getting at a starting MSRP of under $33,000. Is the Telluride a steal deal then? Let's find out in this review.

2022 Kia Telluride Latest Updates

  • Apr' 20, 2022 : Updated 2023 Kia Telluride Revealed, Boasts Refreshed Styling, New Trims and Modern Features Read More »
  • Apr' 11, 2022 : New (2023) Kia Telluride Three-Row SUV Teased With A Big Screen & A New Off-Road Trim Read More »
  • Mar' 25, 2022 : The Better Choice: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Or The 2022 Kia Telluride Read More »

ProsConsWhat's New

Handsome styling inside-out

Sluggish transmission response

New Kia logo and updated exterior badges

Smooth and engaging ride quality 

Single engine option

10.25-inch touchscreen and dual-zone automatic climate control is now standard

Spacious interior

Mediocre fuel efficiency

Navigation based cruise control is now standard

Bevy of standard features

Over All Rating

8.6

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.50
Engine and Performace9.00
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy7.50
Interior8.50
Exterior9.00
Safety9.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#3 in Midsize Suv

#4 in Suv


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Trims

LX$33,090 onwards

  • Dual sunroofs
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Power-Folding outside mirrors
  • Rear-passenger automatic climate control

S$35,590 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Roof rails
  • Sunroof
  • Wireless phone charger

EX$38,090 onwards

  • Hands-Free liftgate
  • Leather seating
  • Power-Folding outside mirrors

SX$42,990 onwards

  • Dual sunroofs
  • Head-Up display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Premium leather upholstery


Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Telluride in Ebony Black color
Ebony Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Powered by the same humble naturally aspirated V6 engine the 2022 Kia Telluride is a practical SUV that offers a spacious cabin and generous cargo space. A perfect fit for large families who don't want to own a boring van. Although it isn't as powerful or quick as some of the other high-end luxury cruisers. But then for a price range of $32,790 to $44,590, that's the best bet you can get for this kind of money in the market right now. That being said, the 2022 Telluride even though with all these positive attributes isn't without competition and sitting in the midsize SUV segment it faces some of the formidable rivals like the Honda Pilot, the Nissan Pathfinder, the Chevrolet Traverse, and its next-door Korean sibling, the Hyundai Palisade.

2022 Kia Telluride SUV front view
2022 Kia Telluride SUV rear view

Features

The 2022 Kia Telluride doesn't get any major changes for this year and comes in the same four trims LX, S, EX, and SX just like last year. As for the features being added, for 2022 Telluride gained a 10.25-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and navigation-based cruise control as standard. The mechanicals this year is also the same as in you get a 3.8-liter V6 engine along with the option of FWD or AWD drivetrain. The prices of the 2022 Telluride for the base LX trim starts at $32,790 and go up to $44,590 for the topmost SX trim.

Trims

LX

S

EX

SX

MSRP (FWD)

$32,790

$35,290

$37,790

$42,690

MSRP (AWD)

$34,790

$37,290

$39,790

$44,590

Features

291 hp, 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘LX’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘EX’

 

18-inch alloy wheels

20-inch alloy wheels

Leather seats

20-inch black-finish alloy wheels

 

Navigation based cruise control

Heated front seats

Ventilated front seats

10-speaker Harman & Kardon sound system

 

Forward collision avoidance assist

Power adjustable driver’s seat

Hands-free liftgate

High beam assist

 

Blind-spot monitoring

Second-row captain-style chairs

18-inch alloy wheels

Dual sunroof panels

 

Lane keep assist and lane following assist

Power sunroof and roof rails

Rear occupant alert

All-LED exterior lights

 

10.25-inch touchscreen w/ UVO Link and Navigation

Wireless phone charger Power-folding outside mirror

Memory function for driver’s seat

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Push-button and remote start LED projector headlights

7-inch LCD instrument cluster

 

Automatic Projector-Beam Headlights

 

High beam assist

Surround-view monitor 

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Heated steering wheel

Front parking sensors

Other than the standard features listed in the table above the 2022 Telluride also offers a few extra features in the form of an optional package. Speaking of which the EX Premium package includes LED headlights and a 2nd-row captain’s chair. SX Prestige package includes heated and ventilated second-row seats, automatic windshield wiper, premium Nappa leather upholstery, head-up display, and a premium headliner. Optional Towing package available on EX and SX includes a tow hitch with trailer wiring harness connector and self-leveling rear suspension. 

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

Since the 2022 Kia Telluride remains mechanically unchanged, the SUV is powered by the same 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V6. This engine cranks out 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and all this is channeled via an 8-speed automatic gearbox to the front wheels. The initial pull from this engine and gearbox combo may be a bit laggy but gains momentum when the engine approaches the mid-rev range. For extra traction, an AWD setup is also available at an extra cost of $2,000 that comes in handy on tricky road conditions.

2022 Kia Telluride Engine Bay

With the base powertrain onboard, the Telluride goes from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds and covers the quarter-mile run in just 15.4 seconds. While these may not be the fastest figures on the chart and some of its turbocharged rivals feel peppier but at the end of the day, they are adequate to keep up with the traffic being in the city or out on the highway. The handling of the Telluride is spot on with precise steering that offers a proper feel and feedback. On the downside, the ride quality of the Telluride suffers and remains stiff for the most part.

2022 Kia Telluride Wheel Design & Brake

That said, there is an optional self-leveling air suspension to help with the stiff ride quality. Braking performance is another area where the Telluride shines and the brakes offering good stopping power. Being an SUV with a V6 the Telluride does pretty well when it comes to towing and when equipped with the optional towing package it can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Models

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot

MSRP

$32,790

$33,410

$33,150

$39,060

Engine

3.8-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.8-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic 

Power

291 hp @ 6000 RPM

284 hp @ 6400 RPM

291 hp @ 6000 RPM

280 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

259 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.1

6.7

6.9

6.2

Quarter-mile (sec)

15.4

15.3

15.2

14.7

Top Speed (MPH)

141

140

130

133

When it comes to performance the Kia Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade share the top spot with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque figures. Followed by the Nissan Pathfinder and the Honda Pilot in that order. Although when it comes to acceleration figures the lighter Honda Pilot is the quickest in the 0-60 MPH run followed by the Nissan Pathfinder. While the most powerful Telluride and the Palisade come last and second last respectively.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

With unchanged mechanicals, the gas mileage of the 2022 Kia Telluride too hasn't changed from last year. The 2022 Telluride has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 20 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. If you go for the AWD version the gas mileage drops to 1 MPG in the city and 2 MPG on the highway.

2022 Kia Telluride Driving

These figures are still acceptable considering that the Telluride has a big gas-guzzling V6 under its hood. With a large 18.8-gallon fuel tank, the Telluride manages a decent range of 356 miles in the city and 489 miles on the highways.

Models

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot

MPG (City)

20

21

19

20

MPG (Highway)

26

26

26

27

MPG (Combined)

23

23

22

23

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

18.8

18.5

18.8

19.5

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (in.)

356/ 489/ 432

389/ 481/ 425

357/ 489/ 413

390/ 527/ 448

As for the rivals, it is very clear from the above table that the Nissan Pathfinder is the most fuel-efficient in the city while on the highway the Pilot has the best gas mileage. Another ace up Pilot's sleeve is the slightly bigger fuel tank which translates into a longer range between tankful to a tankful. While sitting at the other end is the Hyundai Palisade which is the least efficient in the city and under mixed driving conditions.

Interior
8.5/10

The 2022 Kia Telluride cabin has been slightly updated its cabin with more premium material, a bigger touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate, the latter two are now offered as standard. The dashboard sports a sharp yet elegant design with ergonomically placed controls to focus on maximum driver engagement. The materials used are of high quality with soft-touch materials dominating the dashboard and door panels. 

2022 Kia Telluride Dashboard

Like last year, passengers can choose from either an 8-seater configuration or a 7-seater configuration which is available with a second-row captain’s chair. The latter option is a family favorite as it makes it easier to access the third-row seats. The seats are also in a league of their own, with premium Nappa leather seating surfaces and heating and ventilation for the first two rows being offered as an option to give it a touch of opulence. 

2022 Kia Telluride Infotainment

The infotainment system as said above has now been upsized to a 10.25-inch unit as standard across the trim levels for the 2022 Kia Telluride. The system also includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a 6-speaker audio system as standard. While higher trims get satellite radio, a 10-speaker Harman & Kardon premium sound system, wireless smartphone charging, and a few more gizmos.

Models

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot

Seating Capacity

7 to 8

7

7/8

8

First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

40.9/ 61.6/ 41.4

42.3/ 60.8/ 44.3

40.7/ 61.2/ 44.1

39.5/ 62.0/ 40.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

40.2/ 61.2/ 42.4

39.6/ 59.6/ 35.5

40.1/ 60.8/ 42.4

39.9/ 62.0/ 38.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

38.1/ 55.3/ 31.4

37.8/ 58.4/ 28.0

37.2/ 55.2/ 31.4

38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9

Cargo Capacity (ft³.)

21.0

16.6

18.0

16.5

The front seats are wide and supportive, with ample legroom and headroom to cater to individuals of all sizes. The front seats get an upgrade with power adjustability and lumbar support on higher trims. The rear seats can be reclined and feature adequate headroom and legroom even for tall passengers. The third-row seats are also surprisingly comfortable, although stretching out your leg can be a bit of an issue here.

2022 Kia Telluride Rear Cabin View

In terms of interior dimensions, the Kia Telluride along with the Palisade sits right at the top of its segment. Its roomy interior and bigger passenger volume are only matched by the Honda Pilot. Although the Telluride beats the Pilot with a better 21 cubic feet of cargo space while the Pilot only gets 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

Interior Features::

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-way power-adjsutable front seats (optional)
  • Driver seat memory function (optional)
  • Heated and ventilated front and second-row seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
Exterior
9.0/10

Since the 2022 Kia Telluride is mostly a carryover model, we see only minimal changes to its exteriors. The most noticeable among them is the updated Kia logo sitting on the grille while the chrome grille has been replaced with an all-black grille. That said, Telluride’s exterior design always had a mixed share of responses from various Kia enthusiasts. Some say its bold styling, which includes a prominent tiger-nose grille and a striking tail with eye-catching visual cues is too polarizing. 

2022 Kia Telluride Front View

Nevertheless, the Kia Telluride is a macho SUV in its sense, with its rugged looks, long side profile, and bold body lines. Styling elements like the chrome surround around the window line, the lower-side body panels, the front air intakes, and skid plates add muscle to Telluride’s rugged personality. The 18-inch wheels and the larger 20-inch wheels go well with the crossover but we prefer the latter for better ride quality.

Models

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Hyundai Palisade

2022 Honda Pilot

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4211 4317 4127 4041

Length (in.)

196.9

197.7

196.1

196.5

Width (in.)

78.3

77.9

77.8

78.6

Height (in.)

68.9 70.9

68.9

70.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.0

7.1

7.9

7.3

Wheelbase (in.)

114.2

114.2

114.2

111.0

Speaking of dimensions, the 2022 Telluride is 196.9-inches in length, 78.3-inches wide, 69.3-inches tall, sits 8.0-inches high from the ground, and has 114.2-inches of wheelbase. Compared to it the Pathfinder is longer by 0.8-inches and taller by 2-inches. In terms of width, the Pilot is 0.3-inches wider than the Telluride but has a 3.2-inches smaller wheelbase compared to it. Another noticeable thing here is that except for the Pilot rest all SUVs share a similar wheelbase of 114.2-inches.

2022 Kia Telluride Rear View

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Front and rear skid plate
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Power sunroof (optional)
  • 20-inch alloy wheels (optional)
  • All-LED exterior lights (optional)
  • Power liftgate (optional)
Safety
9.0/10

When it comes to safety the Kia Telluride is a prime example of Kia's persistence towards making safer vehicles. The 2021 Telluride was given five out of five stars by the NHTSA and the IIHS awarded it with the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award thanks to its ‘Superior’ crash prevention measures and the highest ‘Good’ safety rating in almost every test. The 2022 Kia Telluride builds on the same line and scored the highest rating of 'Good' in all its six parameters from IIHS and as for the NHTSA, it scored a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars for overall safety ratings. 

2022 Kia Telluride NHTSA Front Crash-Test

Kia includes a full-fledged safety suite for the 2022 Telluride, just like its 2021 predecessor. Also, for this year the Telluride has added navigation-based cruise control as standard which is in short a semi-adaptive cruise control. While other safety features like blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, lane departure assist, Kia’s safe exit assist, to name a few are standard just like the last year.

Safety Features:

  • Lane departure warning w/ Lane keep assist
  • Blind-spot view monitor & Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Head-up display (optional)
  • Front parking sensors (optional)
  • Rain-sensing windshield wiper (optional)
  • Surround-view parking camera (optional)
  • Automatic high-beam headlights (optional)
Competition
9.0/10

2022 Kia Telluride vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and the Telluride are well-round SUVs and on paper comes with identical equipment and feature list. However, the Telluride has bragging rights in terms of higher power figures and better cabin space. Also, if you happen to have a peek at the interiors the differences begin to show up, as the Telluride gets a more modern and upscale interior compared to the Pathfinder.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder on the other hand redeems itself with better performance and good gas mileage. As a final call, the Telluride looks like an SUV adept with the changing trends while the Pathfinder although isn't as spacious as the Telluride is far more engaging and fun-to-drive than the Telluride.

2022 Kia Telluride vs 2022 Hyundai Palisade

These two Korean stalwarts are almost identical mechanically and as a package. However, look closely and you may notice some fundamental differences between the two. For starters, the Telluride offers better fuel economy than the Palisade. The Telluride also offers more cargo space behind its 3rd-row of seats. The design language used in the interiors also highlights a major difference between these two.

2022 Hyundai Palisade

The overall picture is clear- if you want to chauffeur your family around within a luxurious package, the Palisade is the right choice. However, if you desire a more youthful and rugged vehicle that is bang on the buck, the Telluride is the one that meets your requirements.

2022 Kia Telluride vs 2022 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is a splendid crossover that gets a less powerful engine and yet is quicker in terms of acceleration and also delivers better gas mileage compared to the Telluride. But when you come to interior and cargo space the Telluride takes the lead against the Pilot.

2022 Honda Pilot

That said, come 2022 the price gap between the two crossovers has widened and the Telluride being the cheaper of the two seems a better bargain if though the Pilot offers better performance and fuel efficiency.

Final Verdict

For 2022, Kia Telluride is packed with all the latest features and has an equally distinctive style to book its place among the top crossover SUVs in the market. The Telluride moves forward with no major changes for 2022, as the current lineup of trims and features has already earned rave reviews from its audience. 

2022 Kia Telluride Rear Driving View

Its splendid interior space and cargo versatility make it a top choice for modern families. Although the naturally aspirated V6 engine is a letdown in the otherwise perfect SUV. That aside, the 2022 Telluride still offers the right mix of features and practicality that too at a bargain price of below $34,000 marking another successful year for it.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$38090

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

231 cu in

horse power

248 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

262 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

196.9 in

wheelbase

114.2 in

width

78.3 in

curb weight

4112 lbs

Height

68.9 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

157.1 cu ft

cargo volume

87 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

20/23/26 mpg


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