The 2022 Kia Telluride Rides High on Its Road Test for Consumer Reports

The Kia Telluride has been crushing competitors since it debuted for the 2020 model year. In fact, it’s so popular that used models are selling for more than new ones. But can the Kia Telluride continue its winning ways? Here’s what the 2022 model offers and how it fared on its recent Consumer Reports road test.

What has changed on the 2022 Kia Telluride over the 2021 model?

A dark-green 2022 Kia Telluride travels on a two-lane highway through a desert at sunset
2022 Kia Telluride | Kia

The 2022 Kia Telluride comes in four trim levels. The LX, the base version, comes with push-button ignition, remote start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and seating for up to eight passengers in three rows. It also features blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and lane-following assist. 

Upgrading to the range-topping SX provides high-end features. They include tilt-down side mirrors (new for the 2022 model), a dual sunroof, LED projector-beam headlights, and Aero wiper blades, which no other trim boasts. 

The only other change from the previous model year is an upgrade to a standard 10.25-inch display screen instead of the eight-inch. Otherwise, nothing much is new between the 2021 and 2022 versions. 

According to Kia, the SX also offers plenty of optional extras for an upcharge. They include a head-up display, Nappa leather-trimmed seats, and heated/ventilated seats for the second row (they’re standard for the first row). 

The 2022 Kia Telluride scored well in Consumer Reports road testing

Consumer Reports was pretty pleased with the 2022 Kia Telluride. So pleased that they rated it 97 out of 100 possible points when it came to the road test. There are a few things that stood out to them. 

The suspension held up really well, bumps were barely noticeable on the road. Engine and pavement noise was quiet within the cabin. Handling on this model wasn’t quite up to par, but the Telluride was calibrated to the point where the electronic stability control kept the vehicle sturdy in emergency maneuvers. 

Powering it up is a 3.8-liter V6 engine that generates 291 hp. Paired with it is an eight-speed automatic transmission, which helps enable the vehicle to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds while smoothly switching gears. Fuel economy promises 21 mpg overall, and 30 mpg on the highway. 

How well does this 3-row midsize SUV rank in other areas?

According to Consumer Reports, the road test isn’t the only area where the 2022 Kia Telluride excels. It also scored 5 out of 5 in predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction, which you don’t often see with SUVs.  

The Telluride hasn’t been around long, but so far, the only trouble spot that CR reports is a minor engine issue from the first year it came out, and it appears to have been resolved. And the 2021 model hasn’t had any complaints reported yet. 

Owners of this SUV report that it drives well, offers a comfortable ride, and boasts attractive styling. The one area that didn’t receive high marks was the value. It appears that not many owners think the price, which runs $32,790 to $44,590, is a little too high for what they got. But overall, they were pleased with their purchase. 

The 2022 Kia Telluride performed well enough to impress Consumer Reports’ testers. They don’t recommend a vehicle unless it meets their requirements of a good car, truck, or SUV. So if you’re looking at buying a three-row midsize SUV, check out the newest Telluride — if you can find one.

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