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The 2023 Kia Telluride is in the running for the most popular midsize SUV position for 2023. The South Korean midsize SUV is dominating its segment because of the value it provides for the money. The Telluride is more expensive for 2023, but it comes with plenty of great standard features that justify its starting price in the eyes of consumers.

What is standard on the 2023 Kia Telluride LX?

A blue 2023 Kia Telluride midsize SUV is parked.
The 2023 Kia Telluride | Kia

The 2023 Kia Telluride LX comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, SynTex seat trim, and a smart key with push-button and remote start. The midsize SUV features smart cruise control with stop & go, a wi-fi hotspot, and one-touch sliding and folding second-row seats. It comes with plenty of great creature comforts and convenience-oriented standard features, but the base model Telluride also has plenty of great standard safety and driver assistance features as well.

The popular midsize SUV includes standard blind-spot detection technology, safe exit assist, and rear parking sensors. It also comes with highway driving assist, driver attention warning, and rear occupant alert with ultrasonic sensors.

The 2022 Kia Telluride started at $33,390. The 2023 Kia Telluride starts at $35,890. It costs about $2,500 more than the previous model year before taxes and additional fees. That’s quite the increase in just a year. That being said, in terms of value, the Telluride still offers more to consumers than rivals at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Why do people like the Kia Telluride?

A blue 2023 Kia Telluride midsize SUV is parked.
The 2023 Kia Telluride | Kia

Hyundai Motor Company is the parent company of Kia and Genesis. Several nameplates related to the South Korean automaker have been making noise in the SUV vehicle segment in recent years. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is easily one of the best small electric SUVs. The Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, and Kia Seltos all compete at the highest level in their segment.

The Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are formidable competitors in the small SUV segment. The Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride sit atop many midsize SUV ranking lists. Even Genesis models are beginning to gain traction in the SUV vehicle segment.

It’s clear that Hyundai Motor Company knows how to create competitive SUV nameplates. The Telluride has gotten so much attention in recent years because many its standard features are typically reserved for upper trim levels. Its upper trims are even more luxurious. In fact, Telluride and Palisade final trims are luxury-adjacent. People like the Kia Telluride because the midsize SUV makes owners feel like they’re getting the best driving and ownership experience for the money.

Is the Telluride the undisputable best midsize SUV on the market? Some consumers have mixed feelings about the popular South Korean model.

What are the best midsize SUVs for 2023?

A blue Kia Telluride midsize SUV is driving on the road.
The Kia Telluride | Kia

Many critics and experts agree that the 2023 Kia Telluride and 2023 Hyundai Palisade are among the best midsize SUV offerings of 2023. Some consumers prefer older nameplates with longer histories of reliability, like the trusty Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Highlander.

U.S. News & World Report, Kelley Blue Book, and Edmunds all rank the Telluride at the top of its segment. People aren’t going wild about Kia’s midsize SUV for nothin’.

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