The KIA Telluride fits into a pretty enormous segment. Contrary to popular belief, the Telluride is not a large SUV. It's a midsize. Like the BMW X5, Volkswagen Atlas, Subaru Ascent, etcetera. What will you be cross-shopping?
Thank you! Yes, there's going to be a TON of articles about the Telluride - so we have a forum specifically dedicated to that named "KIA Telluride in the News": KIA Telluride in the News
Welcome aboard! And thank you for signing up. Yes, I agree with you - as do probably most of us. The KIA Telluride gives you a WHOLE lot for the money. And KIA is pretty well-known for doing that. I'm sure you've heard of the Stinger. KIA vehicles are typically very reliable. You just have me an idea and I started a discussion about KIA reliability. You can find it right here. You may want to subscribe to it. In time, there will be lots of comments with people telling you about their reliability experiences...I currently have a 2017 Toyota Highlander SE which the lease is up the end of this year. The Highlander version I currently have would run about $41k MSRP for a 2019/2020 if I were to swap for a new one.
I am really surprised by the amount of tech and car you get for the price on this new KIA Telluride.
I was also looking at the Honda Pilot but it looks ugly to me and also it does not have nearly as much tech as the new telluride.
I was also looking at the Lexus RX 350 but again, you have to spend almost $50k to get the same options as the Telluride for low $40k.
I am really tempted in just grabbing a used fully loaded telluride this time next year for mid-high $30k range. It’s a buyers market and I think it would be one of the smartest moves for so much car and little money.
My only concern is realibility which I’ll hopefully get to witness through forums and news for all of 2019 as people buy them and complain or boast.
The reason I’m not returning to the Highlander is because I have two toddlers / youth 6 and 4 years old. They’re still in car seats and even with the 2nd row all the way back they still kick the back of my seat in front row. I am 5’11 and like it spacious for longer rides.
We drove from Texas to Florida and I felt slightly cramped. For local rides it’s very comfortable and fine. However, for long traveling rides I feel like we need the size of the telluride or minivan and my wife won’t drive a minivan! Lol
Nice comparison..I can wade in on the Ascent, as I have one. Couldn't wait for the Telluride to come out unfortunately. The Ascent is really pretty close to the Telluride size wise, and it is a really nice vehicle. The one concern everyone seems to have is the 4 cylinder turbo. I was really surprised how well it moves the vehicle, its very quick, torquey, and climbs mountain grades with ease. It should be a non issue for comparison. Gas mileage is good (22 MPG city, 26-27 highway) with regular fuel. The CVT may be an issue for some, and for some reason Subaru decided to add fake shifts into the CVT as it winds up to make you think its an 8 spd or something. The Subaru is full time AWD vs KIA FWD in standard driving mode. Subaru's Symmetrical AWD system is pretty solid and its standard so that's a big plus for the Ascent. I'm really digging the Telluride though. Its a nice looking vehicle.... The Ascent? Homely would be a little harsh, lets just say it looks like a Subaru. I'm anxious to see and drive a Telluride, and would flip the Ascent for one if its as nice as it seems...
I agree - they were nothing special in the beginning. But they learned quickly and grew to where they are now faster than any other brand. Even faster than Hyundai...well in the beginning when they first appeared they where horrible cars .. so my first impression of them wasn’t good..
now 20 years later they have my attention and with a lot of there vehicles high end look, and the telluride is just gorgeous inside and out!
Overall reliability is certainly a factor and Ford does seem to rank fairly low. So I'll still have a look but with less enthusiasm.I owned a fully loaded 2015 Explorer and I’ll never go back. By 2nd year I had leaks and engine kept sputtering. Did not enjoy the service department w/ Ford either.
Hopefully it’s changed with the new models but I would be scared to get a 1st year release of their new explorer.