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2023 Kia Telluride Review: Specs and Pricing

Kia Telluride


The 2023 Kia Telluride's popularity is not surprising given the SUV's well-rounded package, attractive style, and affordable price. The Telluride comes with a substantial selection of standard amenities across the board, and its top model offers a raised ride that rivals that of SUVs costing twice as much.

The Telluride has a refined driving experience because of its quiet cabin, refined V-6 engine, and assured handling. The Telluride's towing capability of 5500 pounds makes it practical for moving a small boat or camper, and its roomy and comfortable interior is great for long-distance cruising. Not only does the Telluride expertly complete its task, but it also sets the bar for the other mid-size crossover vehicles in its class.

What Has Changed For 2023?

The Telluride receives a style upgrade for 2023 which makes it even more appealing. This update includes a new grille, new headlamps, and a new front bumper. Kia has included a new, all-digital instrument panel inside with two 12.3-inch panels that serve as gauge and infotainment displays.

Similar layouts have been found on luxury vehicles like the BMW iX, Cadillac Escalade, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class, so it appears Kia is pulling design cues from the higher-end segment. Both navigation and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot are now standard across the lineup. The Telluride's maximum 5500-pound towing capacity is unlocked by the more ominous-looking X-line and X-Pro trims, which join the crew.

2023 Kia Telluride: Engine And Performance

Every Telluride has a naturally aspirated V-6 engine under the hood that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Its engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels only when needed; an all-wheel drive is always an option.

The best Telluride SX we drove reached 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. At slower speeds, the large Kia didn't feel as responsive to throttle inputs as some of its turbocharged competitors did. The Telluride's ride is on the firm side, and rough pavement can occasionally cause the three-row SUV to veer off course.

There is also a self-leveling rear air suspension available. The steering is tight and has a great weight to it. The brakes are also excellent. For off-road adventures, the Telluride has 8.0 inches of ground clearance and a 5500-pound towing capacity.

2023 Kia Telluride: Interior And Comfort

The 2023 Telluride SUV has received cabin upgrades this year. such as a reworked dashboard and a redesigned steering wheel (which is still circular). Along with new interior color options, Kia is now providing a dual-screen configuration. The remainder of the inside is just as cozy and roomy as before, with room for up to eight people. Each row in the Telluride is a little bit higher than the one in front, a seating arrangement is known as "stadium seating." There is, however, still more than enough headroom for everyone.

Adults of medium size can also fit comfortably in the third row. The baggage compartment behind the third row is 21 cubic feet, which is comparatively roomy. There are 46 cubic feet available with that row folded down. To attain a maximum cargo volume of 87 cubic feet, fold down row two as well.

Two small but important details are appreciated. There is no need to yell at passengers in the third row because Driver Talk plays the driver's voice over the back speakers (unless they've been really wicked). Additionally, Quiet Mode enables passengers to listen to the radio or other audio devices using only the front speakers.

2023 Kia Telluride: Connectivity

Every Telluride comes equipped with a capable entertainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen and popular features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and onboard Wi-Fi. A 110-volt power inverter, a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon music system, and wireless smartphone charging are further offered. To better interact with the passengers in the back rows, a technology dubbed Driver Talk amplifies the driver's voice-over speakers in the back two rows.

2023 Kia Telluride: Pricing

The starting price for the Telluride midsize 3-row SUV in 2023 is predicted to be around $34,000 plus destination fees. The Telluride X-Line, which will be new in 2023, should cost around $41K, while the top-of-the-line X-Pro (also new this year), should start at around $48K.

When Kia releases the precise price, we'll update this piece. Despite being one of the greatest new midsize 3-row SUVs, the Telluride, some customers might want to search elsewhere. The Hyundai Palisade, which is reasonably priced and not too far from the Telluride area, is comparable to the Kia Sportage.

Which One To Purchase?

We can't help but suggest the SX trim. At a still affordable price, it provides a nearly luxurious experience with all the bells and whistles. High-end features include a 12-way power driver's seat, 20-inch wheels painted in black, Harman/Kardon audio, front and rear sunroofs, and second-row captain's chairs are included as standard equipment with the SX. All-wheel drive can be added for an additional $2000 if you want the sense of security it brings.

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