2020 Kia Telluride essentials: Looks good, drives better

Our Opinion: At 196 inches long, 78 wide and 70 high (with roof rails), the Telluride is about 3 inches all around bigger than a Highlander and almost exactly the same size as Ford’s new-for-2020 Explorer.
Looks are obviously subjective, but I think the Kia is a handsome bugger, its big, boxy shape and long hood make it look tough. The Telluride’s tiger-nose grille (Kia’s name for it) “stands out in a nice way in this age of grilles that look like they want to eat both you and your house pets,” according to west coast guru Mark Vaughn.
Again, subjective, but the interior in my top-line SX model is very nice both in design and materials/fit and finish. The graphics on the touchscreen are excellent and it’s easy to learn, while the leather buckets and driving position are comfortable after a day saddled up.
Kia’s Telluride and its platform twin the Hyundai Palisade (due this summer) ride on a Sonata-based unibody chassis. The direct-injected 3.8-liter V6 operates on the Atkinson cycle, so low-end torque is nothing to write home about but it does help fuel economy: City/highway/combined is 20/26/23 for the front-drive model and 19/24/21 for all-wheel drive.