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2022 Kia Telluride

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2022 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,725
2022 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $36,725
2022 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,225
2022 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,225
2022 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,725
2022 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,725
2022 SX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,625
2022 SX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $46,525


What's New

The 2022 Kia Telluride receives more standard equipment, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and adaptive cruise control with steering assist. The outside wears updating badging and a slightly revised grille. The Telluride debuted in 2020 as Kia's family-size three-row crossover SUV.

Choosing Your Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride once again comes in four trim levels: LX, S, EX, and SX. Pricing starts at $34,015 including destination and climbs $43,915 for the SX before options.

Engine Choices

Every Telluride is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that puts out 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels.

All-wheel drive costs $1,900 on the line-topping SX, and $2,000 on the other trims. With either setup, the Telluride can pull up to 5,000 pounds with the available Towing Package ($795).

The EPA rates the 2022 Telluride at 20 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 combined. With AWD, estimates ease to 19/24/21 (highway/city/combined).

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Telluride is a three-row crossover that dwells on the larger end of the midsize class. The LX and EX can seat up to eight passengers. The S and SX feature second-row captain's chairs, so capacity drops to seven.

With all rows in use, the Telluride can handle 21 cubic feet of cargo. Folding the third row opens up 46 cubic feet. With the second row down as well, buyers have 87 cubic feet to work with. These numbers are excellent for a vehicle this size.

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Safety Features

Most driver assistance features are included in the base price. Every Telluride rolls off the line with adaptive cruise control with steering assist, rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, driver alertness warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit assist, and automatic emergency braking.

The line-topping SX also gets front parking sensors, a surround-view camera, automatic high beams, and a blind-spot camera display. A head-up display is included in the optional SX Prestige Package ($2,300).


The standard infotainment system offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, six speakers, six USB ports, a cabin PA system, and HD and satellite radio. Wireless device charging is standard starting with the S trim, and the EX gains a seventh USB port. The SX carries a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

A dual-screen rear entertainment system is available on all models for $1,500.

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Telluride LX — From $34,015

The Telluride LX carries a leatherette interior with an eight-way power driver seat and four-way power passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Buyers also get remote start, proximity key access, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Telluride S — From $36,515

The S picks up a sunroof, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, satin chrome exterior accents, and 20-inch wheels.

Telluride EX — From $39,015

Genuine leather upholstery arrives with the EX, along with ventilated front seats with eight-way passenger power, woodgrain interior accents, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, and rear sunshades.

The exterior receives power-folding side mirrors, LED taillights, and 18-inch machined-finished wheels. For $1,695, the EX Premium Packages adds LED headlights, second-row captain's chairs, roof rails, and 20-inch wheels. The EX Nightfall Edition Package ($1,395) provides black wheels and exterior trim.

Telluride SX — From $43,915

The SX moves upmarket with dual sunroofs, a 10-way power driver seat with memory, a universal home remote, ambient interior lighting, LED fog lights, and unique 20-inch black wheels.

AWD models are eligible for the $2,300 SX Prestige Package with Nappa leather seats, a head-up display, ventilated second-row and heated third-row seats, automatic wipers, and an upgraded deadliner. The Night Fall Edition Package continues as an option on the SX.

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The 2022 Kia Telluride comes fully equipped from the start, and its value proposition is strong at every trim level. That leaves your budget as the best guide to selecting which model to take home.

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  • Looks fancy
  • Three spacious rows
  • Class-leading warranty
  • Tons of standard features
  • Unexceptional acceleration
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Lower trims have plain interiors
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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Dashing, Updated Design. Since its introduction, the Kia Telluride has stood out for having one of the more unique designs in the packed midsize class. For 2022, the Telluride now wears Kia’s new badge on the grille and liftgate. The badge can also be found on the new steering wheel cover.

The changes aren’t radical, but they didn’t need to be. The Telluride continues to feature a bold design that looks part upscale and part rugged. It’s a look we’ve only seen from American automakers, but Kia pulled it off well with the Telluride. Going with the Nightfall Edition, which came out last year, or the range-topping SX trim brings noticeable changes that include 20-inch black wheels, low-profile roof rails, and satin chrome exterior trim pieces.

The best part about the Telluride’s exterior design is that the SUV starts at $34,015 with destination, which is average for the class. Despite the starting price tag, the Telluride will help you trick some neighbors into thinking you’ve purchased a luxury vehicle.

Packed With Features. While Kia’s decision to bundle options in large packages is annoying, the SUV is packed with all the features you could ever need. Even lower trims come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that includes six USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a 3.5-inch TFT trip computer.

Of course, higher Telluride trims feel luxurious with things like a Harman Kardon audio system, a 7-inch LCD display, a wireless smartphone charger, and seven USB ports. Wood trim, Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated first and second-row seats, dual-zone climate control, 64-color interior ambient lighting, and a heated steering wheel further help the Telluride’s case for being a luxury vehicle.

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Kia also offers an extensive list of standard safety features on the Telluride that goes above and beyond for the class. For 2022, the SUV now comes with navigation-based adaptive cruise control as standard. The system adjusts the vehicle’s speed when entering and exiting a corner. Highway Driving Assist, which utilizes traffic sign recognition to automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed to posted speed limits, is also standard for 2022. The changes help bolster the Telluride’s already-excellent list of safety features.

Plenty Of Space For Adults. Most midsize SUVs don’t have cabins that are spacious enough for adults in all three rows, but that isn’t the case with the Telluride. Regardless of configuration — whether the second row is a bench seat or two captain’s chairs — adults can fit in all three of the Telluride’s rows.

In addition to having a generous amount of passenger space, the Telluride also offers one of the larger cargo areas of any midsize SUV in the class. Behind the third row of seats, the Telluride offers up to 21 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to a total of up to 87 cubic feet of cargo space. Against competitors, the Ford Explorer is one of the few rivals that can actually hold more cargo, as that SUV has a total of 87.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

V6 Lacks Oomph. For daily use and long road trips, there’s nothing wrong with the Telluride’s standard 3.8-liter V6 engine. It’s rated at 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. These figures are competitive for the class, but other options come with more powerful turbocharged engines that have higher towing capacities.

On the flip side, competitors with smaller, turbocharged engines are more efficient than the Telluride. With front-wheel drive, the Telluride is rated at up to 23 mpg combined. Get an SUV with all-wheel drive, and the combined rated drops to 21 mpg. Those figures trail a lot of rivals, especially those that are offered with hybrid powertrains.

Final Thoughts. The 2022 Kia Telluride is one of the few SUVs that can fit the needs of multiple consumers. Families on a budget, consumers looking for a semi-luxurious SUV, shoppers wanting the latest tech features, and drivers in need of a spacious cargo area will all find something to like with the Telluride. Its unique, upscale design also helps its place at the top of the class.

While not as spacious or as rugged as the Telluride, the Mazda CX-9 matches Kia’s SUV in the near-luxury department. Top-level fit and finish, as well as high-end materials give the CX-9 an upscale feel that closely resembles the Telluride. Mazda only offers the CX-9 with a turbo-four that makes up to 250 horsepower, though it feels peppy with up to 320 lb-ft of torque.

The Toyota Highlander doesn’t have the same list of standard features as the Telluride, nor is it as spacious, but it has its own strengths. The Highlander Hybrid is available in an efficient hybrid powertrain, has an available 12.3-inch touchscreen, and is offered in a sporty XSE trim. Toyota has penned a more unique design than the Telluride, which may not be to everyone’s tastes.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 291 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
8-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.8L V-6 / 291 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 26 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
18.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
87.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
157 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
196.9 "
Exterior Width
78.3 "
Exterior Height
68.9 "
Front Headroom
40.9 "
Rear Headroom
40.2 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
42.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,112 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Syntex Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (fca) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Change Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Highway Driving Assist (hda) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parking Distance Warning Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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