Car Review: Kia Telluride SX mixes size and luxury for a surprisingly low price

Bigger crossovers and SUVs have taken place of the venerable bland minivan, but most don’t pack enough space. Enter the Kia Telluride, which challenges the mid-size market with above average size and room for the family.

The big Telluride SX doesn’t skimp on that luxury feeling, either. With comfy heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, it’s an easy cruiser.

The second row comes with captain’s chairs and offers plenty of comfort. Those seats are also heated and ventilated; so recline and live in luxury while someone else drives.

The third row can even handle two adults or three children. Cargo space is also a plus, with space for a couple bags. You can fold down the rear seats for some serious hauling.

The Kia Telluride is also a handsome vehicle with high dollar style. Kia gives the top-of-the-line Telluride SX models intriguing LED headlights and fog lights that make a statement. The blacked out 20” wheels work very nicely with the Snow White Pearl paint. While not as big as a Chevy Suburban or Ford Expedition, the Kia Telluride will be easy to spot in the parking lot, as it’s still bigger than most crossovers.

While the Kia Telluride is large, its V6 engine keeps up with traffic and can even be equipped to tow up to 5,000 lbs. If you’re coming from a smaller vehicle it takes a few minutes to get used to the wider and longer Telluride. After a few miles, you’ll notice the Kia provides a hushed and comfortable vehicle that doesn’t really drive like a big SUV. You will notice the higher center of gravity and weight when you push the Telluride on curvy roads.

Cost: $43,490; as tested $47,705

MPG: 27 MPG City and 37 MPG Highway. I managed 30.2 in 256 miles of mixed driving.

Options: $2,300 SX premium package, $395 Snow White Pearl paint, $210 carpeted floor mats, $115 carpeted cargo mat, $450 interior lighting

Safety:  Blind spot collision avoidance assist-pedestrian; rear cross traffic collision-avoidance assist; forward collision avoidance-assist, cyclist & junction turning; vehicle stability management; safe exit assist with power child lock; smart cruise with stop-go; parking collision avoidance-rear, parking distance warning

Things to know: The Kia Telluride is a game changer in the mid-size SUV/crossover class, with plenty of space and a high-quality interior for a price that’s very pleasing.


  • Impressive interior space and high-quality materials
  • Handsome looks make high dollar statement without costing big money


  • V6 engine and AWD combined with its large size=not so good MPG
  • Prices increase for 2021 model due to its high popularity

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2021 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up