One of the top-rated SUVs in the industry for the past two years is the Kia Telluride, and vehicle enthusiasts, especially those focused on family-friendliness, were thrilled to find out that it was coming back in the 2022 model year. The 2022 Kia Telluride comes with noticeable updates and differences that sets it apart from the 2020 model year.


The 2022 Kia Telluride is a huge step up from the 2020 model year, which is when it debuted as a family-size three-row crossover SUV. The 2022 SUV features a better grille and updated badging on the exterior, with better equipment for navigation. You would also see the 10.25-inch touchscreen and adaptive cruise control with steering assist.

The 2022 Kia Telluride comes in four trim levels, which are called LX, S, EX and SX. The base model, which is the Telluride LX, comes with impressive features like the 10.3-inch split-screen display, upgraded technology for active safety and automatic temperature control.


Power and Performance

All trim lines in the 2022 Kia Telluride come with an impressive 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 291 horsepower and 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes with front wheel drive as a default setting, although you can go with the all-wheel drive system optionally on any trim line. It also features 262 lb.-ft of torque.

Interior, Infotainment and Cargo

Especially with the three-row SUV design, the 2022 Kia Telluride comes with enough space for cargo and legroom. The third row is a bit tight, but this isn’t unexpected since it’s a large, family-sized SUV. The SUVs come with impressive and updated tech that sets it apart from the 2020 model year. You would see the infotainment system with 10.25-inch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and six speakers.

Some trim levels also come with dual-zone climate control system, LED dome lights, heated front seats, 8-way power adjustable driver seat and wireless device charger.

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy is different based on whether you’re using a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive. The 2022 Kia Telluride offers 20/26 mpg or 19/24 mpg, respectively. The fuel economy is great city and highway driving, and even for off-roading.

Warranty and Maintenance

The basic warranty for the 2022 Kia Telluride is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. This is more than enough time to take care of the main part of the car if there are any defects. It also comes roadside warranty with the same 5-year coverage, while the powertrain warranty comes with 10 years coverage or 100,000 miles. The 10 years coverage for the powertrain is great, especially since it has only one powertrain option.

As for maintenance, the Kia Telluride is also not expensive to maintain over time. Kia recommends that you take the Telluride trim line for servicing and routine replacements once a year or after 7,500 miles.


The pricing of the 2022 Kia Telluride depends on the trim line and whether you are buying it with a front wheel drive or an all-wheel drive. The LX model, which is the base trim, comes with an MSRP of $32,790 and $34,790 for the FWD and the AWD, respectively.

Then, the most expensive model is the SX trim line, with recommended prices of $42,690 and $44,590, for FWD and AWD respectively. The entire series comes with a wide price range, so drivers and enthusiasts can easily find one model that fits their budget.

Is 2022 Kia Telluride Reliable?

Yes, it is. The Kia Telluride received five-star ratings from the NHTSA for both its front wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. From the comfortable interior and relaxing structure to the powerful V-6 engine and great fuel efficiency, the model offers reliability confidently.

With the 10-year warranty on the powertrain, you are assured that even Kia is confident about how reliable the Telluride would be when you purchase it. The car also holds it value and has a great resale value, another testament to its durability and reliability.


The 2022 Kia Telluride promises topnotch safety, with its five-star rating gotten from the NHTSA whether you get a front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 2021 model year Telluride also got the Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, although there’s no rating for the 2022 model year yet.

There are also different safety features like lane centering with departure warning, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. There are also parking sensors, rear cross-traffic braking, adaptive cruise control and other features for proper safety. Some trim lines from the 2022 Kia Telluride come with more security features than others.

What people are saying about the 2022 Kia Telluride

The 2022 Kia Telluride was met with positive reception from many buyers, with many drivers praising the safety, reliability and comfort. It also features top power and more value for its money. Although some drivers of this car have complained about some minor disadvantages like the vibration in the steering wheel, not enough lighting in the exterior for nighttime and poor acceleration for freeway driving.

Even with this, it is well praised for offering a serene ride, being family-friendly and how it welcomes a lot of people and cargo. The car is spacious and allows for group off-roading, while collecting all the safety features and putting it in one place.


It’s no surprise that the 2022 Kia Telluride is one of the top-rated SUVs of this year, especially with its impressive interior and cargo, safety features and protection, long coverage in the warranty and good power with a V-6 engine.

Although it offers top features, so does other three-row midsize SUVs. The main competitor is Honda Pilot, as the two cars match in terms of fuel efficiency. The Pilot features 20/25 mpg and 19/26 mpg for FWD and AWD respectively, which is very close to what the Telluride offers. The interior, cargo and legroom space of the two SUVs are also similar,

Other noteworthy competitors include the Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander, other three-row midsized SUVs. If you’re looking for a competitor within Kia, the Sorento is a good place to start.

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