2020 Kia Telluride

MSRP $31,690 - $43,490

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2020 Kia Telluride Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2020 Kia Telluride has been awarded the “World Car of The Year 2020,” which in itself is a statement of how reliable and popular the car is. The Telluride is Kia’s biggest crossover SUV, which fits in 8 people with ease. With its head-turning road presence and best-in-class features inside, the Telluride is not only loaded with lux and tech but also has an affordable price tag to it.

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Pros

Bold and chic exterior looks

Spacious and comfortable interior

Lots of features to offer

Affordable price tag

V6 engine comes as standard

Cons

Below-average fuel economy

Sluggish acceleration

What's New?

Completely redesigned in 2020

Larger and more refined both inside and outside


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31690

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

231 cu.in.

horsepower

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 ft-lb. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4/12 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

196.9 in.

width

78.3 in.

height

68.9 in.

curb weight

4112 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

157.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

87 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1565 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$31,690 onwards

S$33,990 onwards

EX$37,090 onwards

SX$41,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Kia Telluride in Gravity Grey color
Gravity Grey

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

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Now that is something which you don’t find every day! With a base price of $33,000, the 2020 Kia Telluride is one of the most affordable crossover SUVs on the market. It is available in 4 trim levels, which are; LX, S, EX, and SX, with the top-tier SX trim costing just below $45,000. The crossover SUV faces stiff competition from the likes of Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.


9.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2020 Kia Telluride Buying Advice

To avail the best features for your car, and keeping affordability in mind, our recommendation is the EX trim which is for $37,290. This price is for the FWD but by spending a little extra, the AWD option is more thrilling. Buying the EX trim unlocks a few features which are not available on the lower trims. In addition to the features standard on LX and S, you’ll get:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Real leather upholstery
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Power-adjustable front seats with heated functionality
  • 6 USB charging ports
  • Wireless smartphone charging pad

 

2020 Kia Telluride Features

9.0/10

Available in 4 trims, namely LX, S, EX, and SX, the 2020 Kia Telluride offers a bucket load of features, and it just keeps getting better as you move towards the higher trims. The base trim is very well-equipped in terms of features and comes standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels, smart cruise, spoiler-mounted solar panel, SOFINO artificial leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen display, etc.

The next trim, S, upgrades to bigger alloys and power-adjustable front seats among others. The EX adds a lot more to the S, and the SX tops the cherry with features like LED headlights, dual sunroof, 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, parking sensors, and surround-view parking camera system, etc. For the price, the SX is a great value for money.

Trim

LX

S

EX

SX

MSRP (FWD)

$31,890

$34,290

$37,290

$41,790

MSRP (AWD)

$33,890

$36,290

$39,290

$43,790

Key Features

Automatic headlights

In addition to or replaces LX trim features with:

In addition to or replaces S trim features with:

In addition to or replaces EX trim features with:

 

18-inch Aluminum wheels

20-inch wheels

10-inch touchscreen display

LED headlights and taillights

 

SOFINO artificial leather upholstery

Roof rails

20-inch alloy wheels

Dual sunroof

 

5 USB charging ports

Sunroof

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Heated and ventilated seats

 

6-speaker audio system

Power-adjustable driver's seat

Real leather upholstery

10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

 

60/40 split-folding second and third-row seats

Heated front seats

Hands-free liftgate

Front parking sensors and surround parking camera system

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Second-row captain's chairs

Power adjustable front seats with heated functionality

Upgraded driver information system

Kia also offers various packages and options to add more features to the Telluride, with the most common package being the SX Nightfall Edition Package that includes specific exterior styling along with LED lighting all around and various other styling elements. The SX Prestige Package includes premium Nappa leather seats, premium headliner, as well as heated and ventilated 2nd-row seats. 

Which trim should you buy?

To avail the best features for your car and keeping affordability in mind, our recommendation is the EX trim, which is available for $37,290. This price is for the FWD, but by spending a little extra, the AWD option is more thrilling. Buying the EX trim unlocks a few features which are not available on the lower trims. In addition to the features standard on LX and S, you’ll get Tri-zone automatic climate control, Real leather upholstery, a Hands-free liftgate, Power-adjustable front seats with heated functionality, and more.

2020 Kia Telluride Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2020 Kia Telluride has only one engine option which is a 3.8L V6 engine. It is capable of putting out 291 hp @ 6,000 RPM and has a peak torque of 262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard drivetrain delivers power to the front wheels, but all trims are also available in AWD.

The V6 is sufficient, but we’d have liked it to perform better. The engine delivers its best when it's revved up. The torque, however, seems sluggish and lacks excitement. The downshifts are quick, but even when the transmission is responsive, the car just lacks that passing power on the highway. 

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

MSRP

$31,890

$29,800

$31,650

$34,600

Engine

3.8L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

291 hp @ 6,000 RPM

310 hp @ 6,800 RPM

280 hp @ 6,000 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.2

7.1

5.9

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.4

15.5

14.4

15.5

Top Speed (MPH)

141

130

133

115

As the numbers suggest, the 2020 Kia Telluride is the slowest to 60 MPH from a standstill. The 2020 Honda Pilot is mighty quick even though it has the least powerful engine among the 4 cars taken for comparison, showing how well the Honda’s gearbox is in putting all the power down on the tarmac. When comparing the price tag, Toyota Highlander is the most expensive option in the segment.

How well does the 2020 Kia Telluride handle?

On the road, the SUV performs well and has decent comfort, but off-road it seems to struggle a bit. With a soft suspension and light but firm steering wheel, it is somewhat difficult to maneuver around in the giant SUV. Around corners, the 2020 Kia Telluride doesn’t exhibit much body roll. Opting for the AWD will improve your traction, and it sticks better to its line. When compared to its rivals, almost every other car performs better off-road, but the comfort level inside the cabin of the Telluride is unmatched. 

Braking Performance

Having such bold exterior dimensions like the 2020 Kia Telluride, braking performance becomes an important aspect for consideration. With a 13.4-inch front rotor and a 12.0-inch rear rotor, it does a better job at braking than at speeding. It goes from 60-0 MPH in just about 120 feet, which is best in the class. The brake pedal is smooth and focused, giving you an immediate response.

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.4

12.64

13.0

13.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.0

12.40

12.6

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,112

4,362

4,036

4,332

60-0 MPH (feet)

120

130

123

128

The Telluride has the biggest rotors of all, and that surely helps in keeping the braking distance at the minimum. The Chevrolet Traverse’s weight plays a negative role in braking, stopping the hefty SUV 10 feet later than the Kia. The Honda manages to brake well, and the Toyota leans more towards stopping late. 

2020 Kia Telluride Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Fuel economy is where the 2020 Kia Telluride is average. Its average fuel economy might be of concern to some of the buyers, and with a heavily crowded class like the crossover SUV, Kia had their motives firm from the beginning. The Telluride is neither meant to be highly efficient nor has to be a high-performance machine. As far as figures go, the FWD will fetch you a city mileage of 20 MPG and highway mileage of 26 MPG, giving it a combined economy of 23 MPG. The AWD performs worse than the FWD and gives a combined MPG of 21 MPG instead of 23 for the FWD. 

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

MPG (City)

20

18

19

21

MPG (Highway)

26

27

27

29

MPG (Combined)

23

21

22

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.8

19.4

19.5

17.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

376/489/432

349/524/437

371/527/449

358/501/423

The car with the best fuel economy is the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Although it has the least fuel tank capacity among the 4 cars, it still manages a respectable combined range of 429.6 miles. The Honda Pilot promises the most range with the biggest tank on offer as it offers a combined range of 449 miles, thanks to the class-leading fuel capacity of 19.5 gallons.

2020 Kia Telluride Interior

The interior of the 2020 Kia Telluride is one of the best in the class. Even though it has an affordable price tag, the features offered are plentiful, and the overall seating comfort is excellent. The dashboard and center console design is majestic. The two-tier two-tone dashboard has an edgy, contemporary look to it. The center console is fitted with a 10.3-inch infotainment display, and below that are 3 trapezoidal vents. Buttons and knobs are built with attractive-looking materials and are well-placed for the driver to manipulate the controls.

The lower trims like LX and S offer SOFINO artificial leather upholstery which is not as luxurious as the real leather upholstery offered in EX and SX but has a good look to it and is easier to clean in case of any spillage or dirt. According to the trim, the Telluride offers second-row bench seats or captain seats. The front seats are heated and ventilated and are 8-way power-adjustable.

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.9/61.6/41.4

41.3/62.1/41.0

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.9/59.0/40.4

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.2/59.9/42.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

40.2/62.0/38.4

39.4/58.7/41.0

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.2/57.5/33.5

38.9/57.6/31.9

36.1/55.0/27.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

21.0

23.0

16.5

16.0

Taking a look at the table above, the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse has the best numbers in terms of headroom, shoulder room, and legroom in the first, second, and third row of seats. It also has the most cargo space behind the third-row seats, which is outstanding. The 2020 Kia Telluride comes a close second in every aspect. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • SOFINO artificial leather upholstery for LX and S trims
  • Real leather upholstery for EX and SX trims
  • 8-way power-adjustable seats with heated functionality
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 60/40 split-folding second and third-row seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 Kia Telluride is packed with features to keep you entertained. The base trim is fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen display and a 6-speaker audio system, but as you move towards the SX trim, you’ll get a 10.3-inch touchscreen display and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, which is well-reputed for a class apart sound quality.

The infotainment system is equipped with technologies like AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 5 USB charging ports, wireless charging pad, etc. The system itself has excellent clarity and has a friendly user interface as well. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • Remote commands and remote vehicle status
  • Integrated roof antenna
  • 2 LCD monitors in the front

2020 Kia Telluride Exterior

7.0/10

The 2020 Kia Telluride’s stellar looks and styling are probably its most stand-out feature. Having a massive on-road presence with classy exterior looks makes it one of the most attractive-looking SUVs on the market. The front fascia of the car has a brawny aggressive look to it characterized by a huge, wide, and narrow grille with chrome inserts, upright daytime running LED headlights, front bumper with fog light housing, and chrome accents. The massive hood has “Telluride” badging on it emphasizing the stature of the car.

Coming to the side of the car, the 20-inch aluminum wheels, sharp body lines, complex chrome strips running through the windows, and center roof pillar catch your attention immediately. The ground clearance on the 2020 Kia Telluride is 8.0 inches, which is also the best in class. The rear end of the car comprises LED taillights, a rear lip spoiler, a shark fin antenna, and dual chrome exhaust tips. All in all, the exterior is difficult to fault and one of the best ones that Kia has produced so far.

Models

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,112

4,362

4,036

4,332

Length (inches)

196.9

204.3

196.5

194.9

Width (inches)

78.3

78.6

78.6

76.0

Height (inches)

68.9

70.7

70.6

68.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

7.9

7.3

8.0

Wheelbase (inches)

114.2

120.9

111.0

112.2

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is an absolute beast when it comes to on-road presence. With its best-in-class long wheelbase, length and height, it certainly wins the exterior section in terms of numbers. However, when it comes to styling, we think that the 2020 Kia Telluride has the upper hand. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Daytime running projector-beam LED headlights
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Power sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • LED taillights

2020 Kia Telluride Safety

7.0/10

Safety features on the 2020 Kia Telluride are in abundance regardless of the trim. That’s the reason why it does so well in its crash test analysis. The NHTSA gives it a full 5-star rating in the crash test which is the highest rating possible, and the IIHS has named it a “Top Safety Pick” car. It also earned an overall rating of “Good,” which is also the highest rating from the IIHS. 

Every Telluride is equipped with Adaptive Cruise control, Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring system, and active lane control. Some features are solely available on the top-tier trim SX. They are automatic high-beam headlights, a surround-view camera system with front parking sensors, etc. Some of the standout safety features of the 2020 Telluride are as follows:

  • Active lane control
  • Adaptive cruise control (Highway driving assist)
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning system

2020 Kia Telluride Competition

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2020 Chevy Traverse offers better dimensions both inside and outside. It has probably the best numbers in this class. It is also highly reliable and packs quite a package in terms of performance. Having compared the 2 cars, we thought that Kia’s interior is much superior, and its gearbox is slightly better than the Chevy.

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is also a highly reliable car and is almost perfect. The Kia, however, is more spacious and has better utilities and looks than the Pilot. A big plus point for the Kia is its price. The top tier of the Pilot will cost you around $50,000, whereas the Kia Telluride SX with the AWD option will cost you a bargain of $44,000.

2020 Kia Telluride vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

The highlights for the 2020 Toyota Highlander are its array of trim levels and the fact that it offers a hybrid version as well. The Highlander is quite the looker as well. The category where the Highlander beats the Telluride is a more powerful engine and better fuel economy. The Kia excels in its classy interior, cargo capacity, and braking performance.

2020 Kia Telluride Final Verdict

The 2020 Kia Telluride manages to excel in most of the categories but some downsides like average performance and fuel economy might raise some red flags for a few buyers. However, for the price you’re paying for the Telluride, you couldn’t have asked for more. The 2020 Kia Telluride can rightfully claim to be one of the best crossover SUVs on the market.

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