The Kia Telluride Slides Into the Top 5 of Another Best-Of List

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Summer is here, and the kids are out of school. That means it’s time for family road trips. Suitable SUV candidates abound, including the critically acclaimed Kia Telluride. However, even the most spacious SUV isn’t the best companion over hundreds of miles.

A roomy SUV should get decent gas mileage and offer a comfortable ride, too. Drivers also appreciate plenty of technology to keep passengers entertained during the trip. And the Kia Telluride delivers on all fronts. Here’s why CarFax says this midsize crossover is one of the best cars for your next vacation.

The Kia Telluride’s smooth ride

2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition | Kia

The Kia Telluride packs a V6 capable of 291 hp, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional, which might be useful if you encounter some rough weather on your trip. This SUV can reach 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, according to Consumer Reports. That makes it one of the leaders of its class in terms of acceleration.

The transmission is also a good match for the engine, providing smooth power delivery at all speeds. And CR says the Telluride offers an extremely comfortable ride, complemented by a quiet interior. It’s definitely a great place for passengers of all ages to catch a nap during the ride.

The Kia Telluride isn’t very confident around corners, but that’s unsurprising given its size. Body lean is noticeable, and it’s hard to maneuver on narrow city streets. Still, the Telluride’s exceptional braking restores some driver confidence.

The Telluride’s fuel efficiency is one of its best qualities, rated for 20/26 mpg city/highway. CarFax estimates that drivers can get around 489 miles on a single tank. The only two vehicles of the Telluride’s size that can do better are the Honda Odyssey and Mazda CX-9.

How big is the Kia Telluride?

The Kia Telluride can accommodate up to eight passengers. The door openings are wide and tall enough for all riders to climb inside comfortably. Large windows provide great visibility, and the driver’s seat is high enough for a clear view of the road.

The seats are also wide and comfy, and the standard synthetic leather upholstery makes the Telluride feel upscale. Adults have plenty of room in the first two rows, but the third row is predictably tighter. The first two rows feature extensive manual seat adjustments that some rivals don’t offer, especially for the second row.

The first two rows of seats also have the most padding and support, which are essential for long drives. For some extra comfort, you can equip these seats with heating and ventilation. Higher trims also feature dual-zone automatic climate control and rear sunshades to keep everyone at a comfortable temperature.

Like other SUVs and minivans, the Kia Telluride also offers an optional intercom system. It amplifies the driver’s voice even over the sound system to keep rowdy backseat passengers in check. 

No matter the trim, Telluride brims with premium materials that hold up well over the years. It also has abundant cargo space, with 46 cubic feet behind the third row. And it can tow 5,000 pounds.

Useful standard features on this midsize SUV

Every Kia Telluride comes with smartphone integration and five USB ports so that everyone can charge their entertainment devices quickly. The standard HD Radio supplies crisp and clear audio during the trip.

Drivers will also appreciate the Telluride’s abundant safety features that come standard. The last thing you want during a vacation is to get into an accident far from home. Fortunately, the Telluride is well-equipped and pleasant to drive during even long road trips.

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