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The 2022 Kia Telluride, All you want to know about a Great Car

Jan 6, 2022
The 2022 Kia Telluride, All you want to know about a Great Car

The 2022 Kia Telluride, All you want to know about a Great Car

 

2022 Kia Telluride Arrives With a New Badge and More Amenities

There’s a new badge in town, and the Telluride’s gotta have it.

Remember how a few weeks ago the 2022 Kia K5 got some minor updates and adopted the company’s new logo? Well, the Kia Telluride—our 2020 MotorTrend SUV of the Year—is getting a similar update for 2022, with said new logo and a few nice feature additions.

For one, that new corporate logo adorns a slightly redesigned grille—however, it is still framed with two winged garnish bars and features a bold mesh-like pattern. “TELLURIDE” is still spelled out above the grille on the leading edge of the hood.

The sharp Nightfall Edition, with blacked-out trim and so forth, returns for 2022 and joins other Nightfall Edition models in the lineup, like the smaller 2022 Seltos. There are no powertrain changes; the sole engine offering remains the 3.8-liter V-6 good for 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

The 2021 Kia Telluride started with the LX trim, at $33,415. For 2022, the price of said LX base trim goes up to $34,015—a $600 jump. For that extra scratch, 2022 Telluride buyers will get a few worthwhile standard amenities. LX and S trims get a larger 10.25-inch navigation display, fully automatic temperature control, and highway driving assist. For all trims, Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve is available.

2022 Kia Telluride Pricing

Telluride LX: $34,015 (add $2,000 for AWD)

Telluride S: $36,515 (add $2,000 for AWD)

Telluride EX: $39,015 (add $2,000 for AWD)

Telluride SX: $43,915 (add $2,000 for AWD)

Telluride SX-P: $48,115

What’s the Best 2022 Kia Telluride Trim? Here’s Our Guide

 

The 2022 Kia Telluride is the automotive equivalent of a home run. Two years ago, we named the Telluride SUV of the Year because it feels every inch a premium product—this is a three-row SUV with terrific space, a pleasing ride, decent power, and incredible attention to detail, inside and out. Better yet, every trim level features the same powertrain with all-wheel drive a $2,000 option. But which trim best suits your needs? Read on for our trim review.

 

2022 Kia Telluride LX Trim Pros And Cons

Far from entry-level, the Kia Telluride LX flexes the same strengths of the entire lineup. Its third row is more spacious than the ones found in the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander, and has standard seating for eight. Every 2021 Telluride now has a 7-pin trailer harness (up from a 4-pin connector) and features a dedicated remote-start button on the key fob. Under the hood, a 3.8-liter V-6 delivers a smooth 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

No matter which Telluride you choose, the V-6 delivers an estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive form. Opting for all-wheel drive drops those figures to 19/24 mpg. Those are competitive but not class-leading figures.

With a base price roughly $2,000 less than either the Mazda or Toyota, the 2022 Telluride matches them on most—but not all—standard features. While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are included, for example, LED headlights are reserved for more expensive trim levels. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is a nice touch, something that the Highlander lacks on its base trim.

All three ride on 18-inch alloy wheels. Unlike the Mazda or Toyota, however, the Telluride LX offers very little in the way of options, not that it lacks much anymore. It was updated for 2022 with the larger 10.3-inch split-screen infotainment display and automatic temperature control, in addition to all trims receiving navigation and updated new-look Kia badges.