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The Kia Telluride is certainly the most heralded midsize three-row SUV on the market, with both critics and buyers singing its praises since its introduction for the 2020 model year. Now, the 2024 Telluride is offered with a long list of available trims, so which is best for you? Here’s the most popular trim according to buyers and what automotive experts believe is the best model.

Trims and pricing for the 2024 Kia Telluride

The 2024 Kia Telluride starts at $37,355 MSRP for the base LX model, while the range-topping SX Prestige X-Pro begins at $54,550.

No matter the model, all Tellurides are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 delivering 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard in lower models, with all-wheel drive available. The X-Line, X-Pro, and SX Prestige models are equipped with standard AWD.  

The base LX model comes standard with generous features, including synthetic leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a suite of safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist.

The most notable upgrades for the S model are second-row captain’s chairs, heated front seats, a wireless phone charger, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a sunroof. The EX includes genuine leather upholstery, a hands-free liftgate, ventilated front seats, and second-row sunshades. The SX has a dual-pane sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a Harman Kardon speaker system, a surround-view monitor, Kia’s semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist 2 feature, and the Blind Spot View Monitor. The SX Prestige includes Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, and heated/ventilated second-row seats for a more luxe experience.

The AWD X-Line and X-Pro models have more all-terrain capability with slightly higher ground clearance, higher roof rails, and an upgraded traction control system. The X-Pro is also fitted with all-terrain tires, a higher towing capacity, and a 110V outlet in the cargo area.

The Telluride’ S’ is most popular among consumers

According to Edmunds, most buyers are interested in the S trim among the 2024 Kia Telluride models available. This is rather unsurprising given the Telluride has a generous list of standard equipment, and the S ($39,255) build adds some desirable amenities like 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, heated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and a wireless charging pad for an additional $1,900 over the base MSRP.  

What Telluride trims do automotive experts suggest?

Car and Driver recommends buyers dish out some additional dough for the mid-range 2024 Kia Telluride SX model, which starts at $47,155, for its “near-luxury experience with all of the important options at a still-reasonable price.”

MotorTrend suggests the $42,995 EX trim, which doesn’t have dual sunroofs, additional driver’s aids, or premium audio of the SX but still features plenty of desirable features for the price.  

Kelley Blue Book doesn’t outwardly list it’s a suggested trim for the 2024 Telluride but favors the dual-screen dashboard feature offered in the model’s upper trims.

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