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The last few years have been the year of the SUV! Thanks, in part, to the Kia SUV. Now that the newest version is coming to fruition, what are some of the best features of the 2023 Kia Telluride sport utility vehicle? The Kia Telluride price isn’t out yet, but it will likely see a small bump in price due to all of the new technology and safety.

The 2023 Kia Telluride adds new trim levels for more capability

The 2023 Kia Telluride SUV features and upgrades
The 2023 Kia Telluride SUV front end | Kia

The Kia Telluride is a well-rounded and reliable SUV no matter who you ask. That is one of its strengths going into 2023. In the official press release from Kia, the automaker announced that the 2023 Telluride had “refreshed styling, more capability, and enhanced technology.”

“The SUV that swept the “triple crown” of automotive accolades and claimed the most recent award for best resale value from JD Power now wears new design elements inside and out and brings an expanded list of ADAS safety technology for greater peace-of-mind and driver confidence.”


Kia decided to add two new trim levels to the 2023 Telluride to offer more rugged capability for buyers. The new X-Line and X-Pro models have more towing capacity, a higher ground clearance, upgraded tires, and a new feature called downhill brake control. That adds a whole new group of potential buyers that might have been looking at a more off-road capable SUV and didn’t even consider the Telluride. Meanwhile, the X-Line trim replaces the Telluride Nightfall Edition.

The X-Pro model has a 110-volt inverter outlet and an additional 500 pounds of towing capability, increasing it to 5,500 pounds. Downhill Brake Control (DBC) helps maintain a controlled descent on steep roads for those who might need extra help.

The Kia Telluride gets even more driver-assistance systems

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are bits of technology that help drivers navigate and remain safer on the roads. Kia has been adding industry-leading tech without charging exorbitant amounts for it. The 2023 Kia Telluride only adds more additions to the safety features. Two entirely new systems are Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) and Forward Collision-Avoidance – Junction Turning (FCA-JT).

ISLA can read and recognize speed limit signs that can alert the driver if that speed is exceeded. This system can limit the speed of the car depending on the settings. FCA-JT is a new system that helps detect vehicles while turning left at an intersection/junction. If the system thinks a collision will happen, it will apply the brakes to stop the accident.

The Telluride also has systems like Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve (NSCC-C) to help lower the vehicle’s speed before a curve. Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2) helps keep the cars far enough apart and can help with lane changes. Kia also has Forward Collision Avoidance in various systems to help keep the Telluride out of any avoidable accidents.

Don’t forget the warranty and the reliability of this SUV

To be honest, the Kia Telluride didn’t even need that much upgrading. It tops the list for the best three-row SUV, best all-around sport utility vehicles, best SUVs with the most cargo room, and most reliable SUVs on the market. Kia added some refreshing to the exterior to make it more attractive, but it didn’t necessarily need it.

The 2022 Kia Telluride is one of Consumer Reports’ highest-rated vehicles ever. The reliability history shows owners are happy with the SUV. It is probably in Kia’s best interest not to change too much, which is one of its best features. Buyers want a reliable sport utility vehicle that will stay out of the repair shop and offer convenient features on the road.

The 2023 Kia Telluride is simply more fine-tuned and ready for whatever life throws at it. Plus, don’t forget the Kia warranty. Kia has an industry-leading warranty that consists of 10-years and 1000,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. In addition to that, there is also a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for some vehicles. 


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