2022 Kia Telluride
It was just two years ago when Kia re-entered the large utility segment, and this 2022 Telluride reminds us just how much a big success a big vehicle can be when it shows up at just the right time.
In the spring of 2019 America was back to buying large SUVs and the all-new 2020 Telluride delivered on all fronts; comfort, space, performance and good looks. Well, little has changed and why should it? With more Tellurides cropping up on our daily commutes, it’s clear just how popular it is.
Exterior tweaks include a new grille that is still undeniably Kia. In fact, we think the main things you’ll notice are the new Kia logo badges fore and aft, and the eagle-eyed will spot the revised Telluride namesake on the lift gate.
Behind that modified grille is the same 3.8-liter V6 rated at 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, attached to an electronically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission, divving out power to the standard front-wheel drive system; where all-wheel drive is optional.
We previously praised Kia for outfitting the Telluride’s cabin with luxurious materials and finishes, and our remarks still hold true. Everything from the leather to the simulated wood just feels right at home and dashingly premium.
The biggest changes are to the onboard tech, lower trims now receiving a larger 10 1/4-inch infotainment screen and automatic temperature control. All trims gain navigation data-based smart cruise control.
DAVE SCRIVENER: "After a long weekend behind the wheel of this latest Kia Telluride, I think it strikes a fine balance between space, size, comfort and quality. It’s large enough to have actual room for three rows of seats, but has a nice nimble feel on the road and a low accessible step-in height. I also managed some moderate-duty towing with stability and plenty of power to get the job done."
And if passengers need to be swapped for cargo, rear seats fold flat for 87 cubic-feet of space behind the front row and 46 cubic-feet behind the second row. Even without any seats down, the trunk’s 21 cubic-feet is plenty for your daily hauls.
Yes, the Telluride is still a large vehicle, and, for some, that may be the opposite of what they’re looking for as gas prices climb. Still, as far as large three-row SUVs go, the 2022 Kia Telluride still has loads to offer for the average American household. And with a starting price of around $35,000, it’s a serious contender for anyone in need of expanding their carrying horizons. And we’ll have more Quick Spins...soon!