Telluride offers several updates for 2022 model year
When the Kia was launched for the 2019 model year it made quite an impression by sweeping the various “of the year” awards, including the prestigious North American SUV of the Year. Taking home such hardware shows that Kia was onto something when they introduced the Telluride into the highly-competitive midsize SUV segment.
You can argue that this segment is the most competitive and the most important for an automaker. Now three years removed from its sweeping debut, the Telluride faces a challenge – staying relevant within this segment.
For the 2022 model year, the Telluride has a few updates including a bigger infotainment screen, the addition of a dual-zone climate control and some further sensor-based driver assist features. All of the aforementioned updates are now standard across the Telluride’s trim packages.
The Telluride’s looks hold up, now three years into the first generation. Embossed with Kia’s new logo on the grille (see video below), the Telluride name runs just above the grille, along the lip of the hood. Tying the looks together, the shape of the headlights matches that of the taillights. Small details like that add to the aesthetics.
The Telluride has an overall length of 169.9 inches and an overall height of 68.9 inches (without roof rails). The wheelbase is 114.2 inches. The curb weight is between 4,112 pounds and 4,482 pounds.
With those dimensions, the Telluride looks and acts the part of midsize SUV both in how it drives and the interior space and comfort.
There is only one engine option for the Telluride a 3.8-liter V6 with gasoline direct injection (GDI). As such, it’s rated for 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Front wheel drive is standard, but our vehicle had the optional all-wheel drive (AWD). An eight-speed automatic offers smooth controlled shifts. For a vehicle that weighs more than 4,100 pounds it moves around spryly.
Common within this segment is a vehicle that’s more utilitarian than athletic and that’s the case with the Telluride. The steering and braking are responsive and focus on comfort over high-performance. This is similar to many of the competitors in this segment.
As such, the Telluride makes for an ideal daily driver and family vehicle, with an emphasis on usefulness and comfort.
The fuel economy rating for the AWD version is 19 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway. The FWD version gains a little in fuel economy with a rating of 20 mpg/city and 26 mpg/highway. With AWD, the Telluride averages about 21 mpg combined.
As a three-row SUV, the emphasis is about interior space and comfort. This is an area that Kia has clearly paid attention to since the beginning of the Telluride. There is both an eight-passenger configuration, which is standard and a seven-passenger configuration with second-row captain’s chairs. For improved legroom and shoulder room and overall spaciousness, the seven-passenger configuration is ideal. The third row offers good space for even adults, offering ample legroom, although undoubtedly three adults would feel cramped in the third row when it comes to shoulder room.
Behind the third row is 21 cubic feet of cargo space. This is near the top in overall cargo room within the segment. With the third-row seats conveniently folded, the cargo area expands to 46 cubic feet. And the second row can be folded to expand to 87 cubic feet of overall cargo room.
Leather upholstery is standard across all the trims, showing off a focus for Kia – touchpoints. The Telluride places an emphasis on material use giving the cabin a high-end feel. New for 2022 is a larger 10.25-inch navigation display that powers Kia’s intuitive infotainment system.
Smartphone integration on both Apple and Samsung platforms is easy. There are several USB ports throughout the vehicle, including the third row to keep devices charged. Kia adds a driver assistance Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve system for all trims.
Our Telluride was the SX trim with AWD ($44,890), which is near the top of the line when it comes to the vehicle’s four different trims. The 2022 Telluride trims with base price are:
LX FWD - $33,090
LX AWD - $35,090
S FWD - $35,590
S AWD - $37,590
EX FWD - $38,090
EX AWD - $40,090
SX FWD - $42,990
SX AWD - $44,890
SX-P - $46,890
The 2022 Kia Telluride is built in Georgia. The 2022 version continues winning accolades as it was named the Best Family Car by Kelley Blue Book and was named “Best 3-Row SUV for Families” by U.S. News & World Report.
For more information or to schedule a test drive, visit your local Kia dealer or online at www.kia.com.