Big families are hardly anything new, but lugging half a dozen kids around, along with their friends and the dog, no longer requires you to hire a team of horses and a wagon. It’s certainly not news that the SUV market is booming in the USA, with crossovers eating up a fair share of the pie, too. Epitomizing the ideals of practicality and versatility, the Kia Telluride is one of the best examples of what to look for in a modern-day people-mover.
Laugh if you want, but people are expecting their daily drivers to fit more and more cargo in by the day. It’s no longer enough to simply have space for mom, dad, and the two and a half kids. Even if you don’t have a large family, lives are busier now than they have ever been, and we simply don’t have time to go back home every time we need something. We now need to be prepared for anything, which means having the first aid kit, the kids’ sports bags, mom’s yoga mat, and dad’s golf clubs in the trunk. And heck, why not throw in the kitchen sink. You never know what you’ll need, and thanks to skilled packaging, today’s sport utility vehicles offer more utility than ever before. The Telluride is one of the segment leaders with 21 cubic feet of standard trunk space. If you don’t need the third row of seats at all times, they can be folded down to free up a total of 46 cubic feet.
Safety comes first, always. And with all the advanced safety and driver-assistance features available on the market, it’s actually not that hard to get a guardian angel for your shoulder. Once again, Kia earns top marks with its three-row SUV. It also earns a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, with only the headlights holding it back from a Plus grade. Even the base model comes with an array of mechanisms to ensure your precious cargo is always secure. These include systems like forward collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning. While it is never advised to take your attention off the road, you can feel secure that you won’t come to any harm when you have to shout at little Timmy to stop hitting his brother with his G.I. Joe.
With the economy in the state it’s in, we can hardly be blamed for wanting to get the most bang for our hard-earned buck. So when looking to buy a new family car, it’s essential to find out just how much value you are getting for your money. With a starting MSRP of around $32,000, the Kia Telluride is not the cheapest option on the market. However, it boasts pretty impressive gas mileage, with 20/26/23 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles in its most efficient guise. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, considering it is powered by a naturally aspirated 291-horsepower V6 engine. And drivers who want a little bit of spirit at their fingertips can find a bit of fun in this crossover. Who says you have to quit having fun when the kids come along? Naturally, those with a slightly larger cash cushion can afford to splurge on one of the higher trim levels, thereby unlocking coveted features like Nappa leather upholstery, extra external cameras, and a high-tech head-up display.