What do our experts think of the 2024 Kia Telluride? We look at interior quality, cargo space, and more in our Kia Telluride review. 

What’s New for the 2024 Kia Telluride?

The Kia Telluride is the brand’s current internal combustion flagship SUV. It sports three rows with seating for seven or eight and includes more content than most rivals at this price point. For 2024, this SUV gets amber daytime running lights and the X-Line and X-Pro trimmed cars get black badging.

2024 Kia Telluride - kia.com

2024 Kia Telluride – kia.com |  Shop 2024 Kia Telluride on Carsforsale.com

Carsforsale.com Score
9/10
Powertrain
Score
8.5/10
Interior
Score
9/10
Technology
Score
9/10
Value
Score
9/10
Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $37,355

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD / AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

19 City / 24 Hwy

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 7-8

The Breakdown

Outstanding interior

Above-average tech

Dapper styling

Not a leader in fuel efficiency

Front-wheel-drive biased

Off-road versions offer little extra

At the head of the class

2024 Kia Specs

Trims & Pricing

LX - $37,990
S - $39,890
EX - $41,590
EX X-Line- $45,885
SX - $47,250
SX X-Line - $49,285
SX X-Pro - $50,285
SX Prestige - $50,690
SX Prestige X-Line - $52,185
SX Prestige X-Pro - $53,185

2024 Kia Telluride Powertrain 8.5/10

2024 Kia Telluride 3.8L V6 - carsforsale.com
2024 Kia Telluride 3.8L V6 - carsforsale.com

Under the hood of every single Telluride is a 3.8-liter V6 that pumps out 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. That power is then fed to the front or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s a simple but reliable package that stays competitive in a packed segment. The EPA says that it’ll get up to 19 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway which is slightly below average but not terrible considering the size and weight of the Telluride. The upcoming Kia EV9 should make the fuel-conscious very happy.

Where the Kia excels is on the road. It’s not a truly sporty SUV but it provides excellent feedback, decent power, and outstanding stopping capability. We like that the steering is light at slow speeds and progressively increases resistance as speeds climb too.

2024 Kia Telluride - kiamedia.com
2024 Kia Telluride - kiamedia.com

The suspension leans more toward the taut end of the spectrum than its corporate cousin the Hyundai Palisade. As a result, the Kia has less body roll but can feel a touch more jarring over rough pavement or gravel. What it doesn’t lose compared to the Palisade is noise-deadening measures so it’s just as quiet as its high-brow family member.

Most versions feature a 5,000-pound towing capacity but the X-Pro package available on the top two trims bumps that up to 5,500 pounds. Compared to rivals, that’s right in line if not slightly above most. Overall, we’re giving the Telluride a score of five because while it’s decent, it’s nothing special.

2024 Kia Telluride Interior 9/10

The very first thing buyers will notice about the Telluride is how nice it feels for an SUV at this price point. Space is a commodity with ample head and leg room in all three rows. Large windows, and in some cases a double sunroof, add to the feeling of an airy and open cabin.

The seating itself is supportive and second-row captain’s chairs are available with heating and ventilation for those that prefer them to a bench. It’s also worth noting that the seating itself looks and feels upscale.

The dash is simple but elegant and the infotainment system sits close enough to the driver that interactions can be quick and easier than in the past when it was further away. We also appreciate the inclusion of excellent physical switchgear. Cargo space is decent with 21 cubic feet behind the third row and up to 87 cubic feet with the seats stowed out of the way. A 110-volt household-style outlet is also available.

2024 Kia Telluride Technology Features 9/10

2024 Kia Telluride - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride - kia.com

Technology is also a high note for the Telluride as even the base model features a fast and easy-to-navigate 12.3-inch infotainment system. Six speakers come standard but a 10-speaker sound system from Harman/Kardon is also available. Buyers can also add a wireless device charger, a hands-free liftgate system, a surround-view camera system, a heads-up display, and a large 12.3-inch digital driver display too.

Kia even offers a system that amplifies the driver’s voice in the second and third rows to make communication easier and safer. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard but both require a wired connection. That’s probably our only gripe.

Speaking of safety, Kia fits every Telluride with a gaggle of great features including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, forward collision mitigation, and lane-keep assist. Those that want enhanced driver aids can get those too with Kia’s Highway Driving Assist 2, a semi-autonomous system that maintains lane and speed and can also shift lanes when commanded. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has released any safety data on the 2024 Telluride but it’s worth noting that the 2023 version is a Top Safety Pick+.

2024 Kia Telluride Trims & Pricing

12.3-inch Infotainment System - kia.com
12.3-inch Infotainment System - kia.com

LX – $37,990

The base Telluride comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, seating for eight, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and six speakers.

2024 Kia Telluride Wireless Charger - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride Wireless Charger - kia.com

S – $39,890

The S adds 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, roof rails, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, second-row captain’s chairs, and a wireless device charger.

2024 Kia Telluride EX - carsforsale.com
2024 Kia Telluride EX - carsforsale.com

EX – $41,590

The mid-grade EX goes back to 18-inch wheels and a second-row bench but adds power-folding outside mirrors, a hands-free liftgate system, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, sound-absorbing front door window glass, second-row sunshades, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2024 Kia Telluride traction control system for off-road use - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride traction control system for off-road use - kia.com

EX X-Line $45,885

The EX X-Line Package includes the same features as the EX and adds a .4-inch suspension lift, taller roof rails, 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, a unique grille design, and an updated traction control system for off-road use.

2024 Kia Telluride Blind Spot Monitor - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride Blind Spot Monitor - kia.com

SX – $47,250

This trim adds a second sunroof for a total of two, an upgraded driver’s seat with memory settings, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10-speaker sound system, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, upgraded forward collision mitigation with oncoming cross-traffic alert and evasive steering assist. Finally, the SX also gets Kia’s Highway Drive Assist 2.

2024 Kia Telluride SX X-Line - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride SX X-Line - kia.com

SX X-Line – $49,285

Kia also makes available the X-Line package on the SX. It includes the same features as the SX but adds all-wheel drive, a .4-inch suspension lift, taller roof rails, 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, a unique grille design, and an updated traction control system for off-road use.

2024 Kia Telluride SX X-Pro - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride SX X-Pro - kia.com

SX X-Pro – $50,285

This package includes the same features as the SX and adds 18-inch wheels, an off-road focused suspension, a 110-volt household-style outlet, and increases towing capacity to 5,500 pounds.

2024 Kia Telluride Heads-Up Display - kia.com
2024 Kia Telluride Heads-Up Display - kia.com

SX Prestige – $50,690

The ultimate Telluride trim gets premium leather upholstery, a heads-up display, heated and ventilated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and interior ambient lighting.

2024 Kia Telluride SX Prestige X-Line - carsforsale.com
2024 Kia Telluride SX Prestige X-Line - carsforsale.com

SX Prestige X-Line – $52,185

The SX Prestige X-Line includes the same features as the SX Presitge and adds all-wheel drive, a .4-inch suspension lift, taller roof rails, 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, a unique grille design, and an updated traction control system for off-road use.

2024 Kia Telluride SX Prestige Pro - carsforsale.com
2024 Kia Telluride SX Prestige Pro - carsforsale.com

SX Prestige Pro – $53,185

The SX Prestige Pro includes the same features as the SX Prestige and adds 18-inch wheels, an off-road focused suspension, a 110-volt household-style outlet, and increases towing capacity to 5,500 pounds.

2024 Kia Telluride Overall Value 9/10

It’s hard to give the Telluride anything other than a perfect 10 here but let us explain why it gets a nine. Sure, it’s not the most sporting SUV on the planet but remember that the vast majority of buyers will get everything they need and almost everything they could want from the Telluride. That includes a comfortable ride, decent power, good on-road manners, just enough off-road capability, and then an incredible price and warranty package.

Every Telluride comes with a five-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage. No rival brand comes close to that except corporate partner Hyundai who offers complimentary maintenance on the Palisade in addition to the warranty coverage.

CarsForSale.com Overall Score 9/10

2024 Kia Telluride - kia.com

2024 Kia Telluride – kia.com |  Shop 2024 Kia Telluride on Carsforsale.com

The Telluride is a screaming deal from a value perspective. I’d personally aim for the SX as it’s available with both off-road packages but also comes with a slew of excellent technology without costing as much as the Prestige. I’d love to see Kia lean into some aspects of performance even harder and offer more power but beyond that, this SUV is a full-on homerun. What few gripes we have pale in comparison to the major gaps in value that other brands have glaring back at us.

2024 Kia Telluride FAQ

2024 Kia Telluride - kiamedia.com
2024 Kia Telluride - kiamedia.com

Does the Telluride have 4×4?

The Kia Telluride comes with all-wheel drive.

How much is the Telluride?

The Kia Telluride starts at $37,355 and can cost north of $54,000.

Does the Telluride Come in Hybrid? 

The Kia Telluride isn’t currently available as a hybrid.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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