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The Kia Telluride has developed a huge following in just four model years. The 2023 Kia Telluride is on the horizon and consumers are ready to pay the highest Telluride price to date for the new midsize SUV. Only two Kia models outsell the Telluride.

Kia sells more Forte models than Telluride models

A gray 2023 Kia Forte compact car is driving on the road.
The 2023 Kia Forte | Kia

The affordable Kia Forte predictably sells more than the midsize Telluride SUV. The fact that the sales numbers of the two South Korean vehicles are so close is indicative of the Telluride’s massive success.

Kia sold 93,026 Forte models at the end of September 2021. The brand sold 70,724 Telluride models in the same amount of time.

The 2023 Kia Forte starts at $19,490. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 147 horsepower. The compact car gets 31 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway. Kelley Blue Book praises the Forte’s roomy cabin and affordable pricing.

The final Forte GT Manual trim starts at just $24,890. It uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to make 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Forte GT Manual comes with a wireless phone charger and rear parking sensors.

The Kia Sportage is becoming a contender in its segment

The Kia Sportage is redesigned for the 2023 model year. The 2023 Kia Sportage is larger than previous models and more expensive.

The new Sportage starts at $25,990. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The small SUV achieves 25 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The Sportage comes standard with a 12.2-inch instrument display, remote keyless entry, and rear parking sensors.

The compact SUV vehicle segment is the most popular vehicle segment, so it’s no surprise that the Kia Sportage outsells the Kia Telluride. The new Sportage model has the potential to be the most competitive iteration yet because of its bold exterior and many updates. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid is also affordable and competitive in its respective segment.

The Kia Telluride is the third best-selling Kia model

A gray 2023 Kia Telluride midsize SUV is parked outdoors.
The 2023 Kia Telluride | Kia

The Kia Telluride is one of Kia’s most successful nameplates by the numbers. Sales aside, the Telluride has performed incredibly in midsize SUV rankings since it debuted. The Forte and Sportage will likely continue to outsell the Telluride, but the midsize SUV is growing increasingly popular. The 2023 model year has the potential to become the most popular model yet despite its new high starting price. Car and Driver has given it a perfect overall score.

The sky is the limit for Kia’s midsize SUV. It has ascended to the top of its vehicle class because of the value it provides for the money. Will the 2023 Kia Telluride have a record-breaking sales year?


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