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Even though the Kia Telluride has been out for a couple of years, it’s still heating up the competition. The 2020 Kia Telluride dominated lists as the best SUV you can buy, and rivals still haven’t caught up. But what are the most significant issues after one year of use? 

The biggest 2020 Kia Telluride complaints 

A green 2021 Kia Telluride driving down an empty road, the Telluride is a new three-row SUV
2021 Kia Telluride | Kia

We have a special 2020 Kia Telluride review from Larry. He’s a dad, enjoys traveling and cooking. Ge took a moment to share every detail about his year with a Kia Telluride. He racked up over 30,000 miles with it! 

Larry and his family spent time in the Kia Telluride LX trim, which is the base model. This involved one of the first issues mentioned. This model didn’t include power seats in the front or the power sunroof. But he notes that if you don’t need these features, then it’s fine. 

For the starting price of about $31,890, you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, the interior is spacious and upscale. Standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assistance. 

The Telluride faces windshield problems 

Larry loves his 2020 Kia Telluride, but he experienced a common issue with it. During the first two weeks of ownership, he took a road trip when something cracked the windshield. It then took weeks to replace. 

Luckily the crack wasn’t that bad, but that’s still an unfortunate experience with a brand new vehicle. This was also an expensive problem to face. Car and Driver paid $1,500 to have theirs replaced. 

The warranty excludes coverage for broken, chipped, scratched, or damaged window glass due to outside influence. But Kia decided to issue a goodwill repair for this windshield issue. Driver’s that experience a cracked windshield can have it replaced as they investigate the problem. 

Kia offers alternate transportation for the duration of the windshield repair if necessary. If you previously paid an out-of-pocket expense to have your windshield replaced, then you may be eligible for reimbursement. You will need your receipt for the repair and costs. 

What does Larry like about the Telluride? 

a white 2022 Kia Telluride in a forest with mountains in the background
2022 Kia Telluride | Kia

Larry and his family only had the two issues mentioned above with the 2020 Kia Telluride. They are impressed with its space. Two adults and a teenager were able to fit in the third row comfortably. There are 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, with up to 87 cubes total. 

The Kia Telluride’s standard power is also impressive. It comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 5,000 lbs. Plus, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds! 

Larry shared that he gets close to 30 miles to the gallon, which is impressive for a three-row SUV with a V6. The Telluride receives an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 26 mpg on the highway. Also, their model is equipped with all-wheel drive and includes the trailer pin connector, making it pretty capable. 

So far, the Kia Telluride doesn’t seem to have massive issues. The windshield issue is being resolved, and it’s proving to be a reliable option as it accrues more miles. Families are enjoying this comfortable, well-rounded Kia SUV.


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