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What’s not to like about the Kia Telluride SUV? While it has been winning awards left and right, this sport utility vehicle isn’t done. The 2022 Kia Telluride is now the MotorBiscuit SUV of the Year. Find out what Kia did right with this three-row vehicle to make it the best option for 2022.

MotorBiscuit’s SUV of the Year is the 2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Kia Telluride review
2022 Kia Telluride | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

MotorBiscuit writers have been hard at work all year driving cars, trucks, and SUVs to report accurately on. When it came down to it, the votes continued to add up for the 2022 Kia Telluride. In areas like safety, fuel economy, interior, and other vital aspects, the Telluride beat the competition. That competition in the SUV category includes the 2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the 2021 Ford Bronco, and the 2022 Lexus NX.

Inside, MotorBiscuit writer Allison Barfield notes that the 2022 Telluride SUV is pretty stacked with features. A 10-3-inch infotainment system is easy to use and navigate. A head-up display on the dashboard is customizable to suit different drivers’ needs. Kia included USB plugs in all three rows to keep everyone charged while on the go. Speaking of those passengers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for 2022 as well.

“We spent a lot of time in the 2022 Kia Telluride. We visited downtown city areas, busy highways, curvy mountain roads, and even areas of the forest without any pavement. Ultimately, the Telluride is a comfortable daily driver with just enough athleticism to provide an engaging ride.” 

Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

On top of that, the 2022 Telluride has a reasonable price between $33,390 and $45,190. The LX trim offers plenty of value for an entry-level model at $33,390, but the SX is fully loaded for only $45,190.

What makes the 2022 Kia Telluride worthy of SUV of the year?

For those with bigger families, the 2022 Kia Telluride has plenty of room for everyone. It also has high scores from most major automotive companies that have had the chance to drive it. Kia’s midsize SUV also received above-average predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores.

Regarding safety features, the Kia Telluride has more standard features than most others in the segment. Some of the more important ones are forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. These are all included standard on the Kia SUV. Lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are also standard. During testing, the 360-degree camera provided excellent visibility of surroundings. Barfield noted the forward visibility was good and anything out of view appeared on the cameras.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2022 Kia Telluride high scores across the board. After performing well on almost all crashworthiness tests, the Telluride earned the Top Safety Pick award. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SUV four and five-star ratings in its crash tests.

Don’t overlook the interior and everything it has to offer

It is clear that Kia put a lot of thought into the design of this sport utility vehicle. In addition to the spacious and comfortable interior, a new dual-zone automatic climate control helps keep all passengers comfortable. Plugged in, charged, and comfortable is how all of the Telluride’s passengers will be traveling.

Kia’s SUV offers room for seven or eight, depending on the configuration. Edmunds says adults can easily fit in the third row, but there is still plenty of cargo space in the back. Buyers can opt for captain’s chairs in the second row for more versatility. Barfield says, “The captain’s chairs in the second row are large and plush too. They can slide forward and back as needed and have plenty of space for installing child seats.”

At the end of the day, there isn’t much to dislike about the 2022 Kia Telluride. It measures up on paper and in person, which is why it takes home MotorBiscuit’s SUV of the Year award.


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