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The Telluride SX about is a affluence SUV, with covering upholstery, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious council wheel, accessory radio, aeronautics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, tri-zone automated altitude ascendancy and all-wheel drive.

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The Telluride SX about is a affluence SUV, with covering upholstery, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious council wheel, accessory radio, aeronautics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone

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The Telluride SX about is a affluence SUV, with covering upholstery, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious council wheel, accessory radio, aeronautics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, tri-zone automated altitude ascendancy and all-wheel drive.

The Telluride SX about is a affluence SUV, with covering upholstery, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious council wheel, accessory radio, aeronautics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone

Drive: The 2021 Kia Telluride SX is an automotive techie’s dream

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Kia detected the apprehension of change in the U.S. automotive bazaar early, importing a bunched sport-utility agent alleged the Sportage in 1997. In best years back then, it’s been a able and alike ascendant agent for the South Korean automaker, extensive 89,278 units awash aftermost year. Other SUVs came forth blubbery and fast, abduction absolute markets and alike creating new ones. The latest addition, the Telluride, may be Kia’s best adventuresome advance into the SUV market.

Now in its additional year of production, the Telluride fills the gap amid midsize and ample SUVs. It competes with its accumulated cousin, the Hyundai Palisade, as able-bodied as the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. These may be classified as midsize SUVs, but accomplish no mistake, they’re big vehicles. The 2021 Telluride – called for a aloft mining town, now a ski resort, in southwestern Colorado – can be put to assignment as a people-mover accustomed as abounding as eight passengers, or as a burden barter with 87 cubic anxiety of amplitude abaft the advanced seats.

The Telluride does a lot of things well. It rides serenely, yet handles competently; attains 24 mpg on the artery admitting belief about two and a division tons; and pampers its occupants with comfortable apartment and features.

It’s additionally an automotive techie’s dream. Base-priced at $44,090, the Telluride SX is arranged to the rafters with safety, abundance and accessibility features, all standard: blind-spot collision-avoidance assist; rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist; advanced collision-avoidance abstention assist; lane befitting Assist; parking-distance warning; adaptive cruise control; rear-occupant active with accelerated sensors; and safe-exit assist. (The closing affection prevents drivers and cartage from aperture their doors into advancing traffic.)

On top of that, our Telluride had cameras affiliated to the about-face signals and about-face gears. Backing out of our somewhat complicated driveway, we could watch the car’s advance via a accepted rear-view camera and additionally could see it from above, as if the images were actuality projected by a low-flying drone.

The Telluride SX about is a affluence SUV, with covering upholstery, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, acrimonious council wheel, accessory radio, aeronautics system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, tri-zone automated altitude ascendancy and all-wheel drive. With a almost abbreviate advantage list, it priced out at $48,720.

The abject Telluride LX starts at $31,990, and is able-bodied able in its own appropriate – alike to the point of accepting blind-spot monitors as accepted features. All Tellurides are powered by a 291-horsepower V-6 with an 8-speed automated transmission.

Price: $48,720

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Engine: 3.8-liter V-6, 291 horsepower, 262 lb.-ft. torque

Transmission: 8-speed adaptable automatic

Drive: all-wheel

Suspension: MacPherson strut front, multi-link rear

Ground clearance: 8 in.

Curb weight: 4,482 lb.

Wheels: 20×7.5-in. atramentous accomplished alloy

Tires: 245/50R20 all-season

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Seating capacity: 7

Luggage capacity: 21 cu. ft.

Maximum burden capacity: 87 cu. ft.

Towing capacity: 5,000 lb.

Fuel capacity: 18.8 gal.

Fuel economy: 19 mpg city, 24 highway

Fuel type: approved unleaded gasoline

Tellurides accept been affairs briskly, alike with the mid-2020 abatement accomplished by best if not all automakers: 58,604 aftermost year, and a almanac 8,829 in September 2020.

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The Telluride additionally has done able-bodied in blast tests, earning a Top Assurance Pick appraisement from the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance for the 2020 archetypal year, and an all-embracing best appraisement in government blast tests for 2021.

Steven Macoy ([email protected]) is a longtime car enthusiast and full-time editor who lives in Bethel, Conn.

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