The 2020 Kia Telluride sure got the looks but does it have anything else going on for it and, most importantly, should you consider buying one?
Narrowing down and pulling the trigger on an SUV nowadays can be overwhelming. Not only the choice is ample in terms of models, but everything on the market right now can be outfitted with multiple powertrain options, interior configurations, and endless equipment packages. Looks is a big thing, too. Especially when you’re only opting for an SUV because you don’t want a minivan but you need more space than a sedan has to offer.
We took the 2020 Kia Telluride, Kia’s newest addition to the lineup, for a drive along Nova Scotia’s coast. It has many upsides, and a few downsides, all depending on what you’re in the market for.
Here’s our take on it.
Why you should buy a 2020 Kia Telluride
- The 2020 Kia Telluride looks awesome. It reminds us of what trucks used to be before they were branded as SUVs. It’s truck that definitely “looks” capable, which is very different from many rivals out there. Moreover, it shows that Kia is capable of doing something else than cute, rounded cars and SUVs that are depleted of character. The Telluride, with its square edges, massive tires and huger front grille, is all about character.
- Inside, the choice of colors and trims is also a blend of “tough” and sophisticated. But the cabin is also ergonomic and not all digital – analog commands are available for those who don’t want to select everything from a screen menu.
- Tough looks have to transpose to the vehicles’ guts. The 2020 Kia Telluride is powered by a 291 horsepower V6 3.8-liter engine that puts out 262 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to an 8-Speed automatic transmission that channels the ponies to the standard all-wheel-drive system. After driving the Telluride for several hundred kilometres, we concluded that the power is sufficient in most situations, with power figures at par with most rivals.
- Besides being able to handle itself very well on the highway, sinuous roads and mountainous terrains, it can also haul a whole lot. The 2020 Kia Telluride’s drivetrain is designed to tow up to 5000 pounds. So your boat, camper, or ATVs are all welcome to tag along.
Why you shouldn’t buy a 2020 Kia Telluride
- Although the interior materials chosen are pleasant to the eye, the plastics and simulated woods feel more “budget” to the touch than what we expected. And when using them on a long trip, they seemed to always look dirty.
- Yes, you can tow 5000 lbs with the 2020 Kia Telluride. But weight distribution could be an issue. Typically, you can put 10% of the total towing capacity weight on the tongue. This would ideally translate to 500 lbs in this application. However, according to the Telluride’s spec sheet, the tongue weight is maxed out at 351 lbs. It doesn’t mean much if you’re planning on hauling a boat – the weight being located at the rear. But a heavy camper or trailer with machinery could require some imagination.
The 2020 Kia Telluride starts at $44,995 for the base EX AWD variant, which is a higher starting price than most rivals. However, this base trims will meet most needs, with standard features like Trailer Stability Assist Drive, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist Rear, LEDs for the headlights, fog Lamps and a sunroof.
The next trim available is SX AWD that rings the bell at just under 50K, finally you’ll have to dish out $53,995 for the SX limited that comes with a self-levelling rear suspension.
So if you’re looking for a kickass-looking SUV with towing capacity, the 2020 Kia Telluride is definitely worth looking into. Kia is known to be pretty reliable, and this is a whole new vehicle. Hopefully, it follows the trend and carries the signature.