Kia’s best selling SUV the Telluride is getting a modest refresh for the 2022 model year and it looks as brilliant as it can ever be. When the 8-seater SUV made its debut 2 years ago, it won the heart of many and tops most of its rivals in terms of its features and equipment. Let’s see what the latest model has to offer.
Outside, the biggest update is a redesigned grille that proudly wears Kia’s updated logo. Inside, Kia upholds its reputation for building value-packed cars by making more equipment standard on the lower trim levels. LX and S variants (the cheapest members of the range) benefit from the 10.25-inch touchscreen that was previously standard only on EX models and up. Both trims also gain an automatic climate control system for the front and rear passengers as well as Kia’s Highway Driving Assist technology. S models now offer a wireless device charger, too. All trims gain a Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve system. It automatically slows down the vehicle as it approaches a bend in the road.
Kia made no mechanical changes, so power comes from a 3.8-litre V6 rated at a stout 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission come standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Speaking of the powertrain, front-wheel-drive variants have an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. That drops to 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.